The Boston Citgo sign, all 3,600 square LED feet of which has served as the backdrop to Red Sox games since 1965, is now officially a "pending landmark."

Spanish Surrealist Salvador Dalí spent much of the 1940s in the U.S., avoiding World War II and its aftermath. He was a well-known fixture on the art scene in Monterey, Calif. — and that's where the largest collection of Dalí's work on the West Coast is now open to the public.

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The middle of summer is when the surprises in publishing turn up. I'm talking about those quietly commanding books that publishers tend to put out now, because fall and winter are focused on big books by established authors. Which brings us to The Dream Life of Astronauts, by Patrick Ryan, a very funny and touching collection of nine short stories that take place in the 1960s and '70s around Cape Canaveral, Fla.

When the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union last month, the seaside town of Port Talbot in Wales eagerly went along with the move. Brexit was approved by some 57 percent of the town's residents.

Now some of them are wondering if they made the wrong decision.

The June 23 Brexit vote has raised questions about the fate of the troubled Port Talbot Works, Britain's largest surviving steel plant — a huge, steam-belching facility that has long been the town's biggest employer.

Solar Impulse 2 has landed in Cairo, completing the penultimate leg of its attempt to circumnavigate the globe using only the power of the sun.

The trip over the Mediterranean included a breathtaking flyover of the Pyramids. Check it out:

President Obama is challenging Americans to have an honest and open-hearted conversation about race and law enforcement. But even as he sits down at the White House with police and civil rights activists, Obama is mindful of the limits of that approach.

"I've seen how inadequate words can be in bringing about lasting change," the president said Tuesday at a memorial service for five law officers killed last week in Dallas. "I've seen how inadequate my own words have been."

Mice watching Orson Welles movies may help scientists explain human consciousness.

At least that's one premise of the Allen Brain Observatory, which launched Wednesday and lets anyone with an Internet connection study a mouse brain as it responds to visual information.

The FBI says it is giving up on the D.B. Cooper investigation, 45 years after the mysterious hijacker parachuted into the night with $200,000 in a briefcase, becoming an instant folk figure.

"Following one of the longest and most exhaustive investigations in our history," the FBI's Ayn Dietrich-Williams said in a statement, "the FBI redirected resources allocated to the D.B. Cooper case in order to focus on other investigative priorities."

This is the first in a series of essays concerning our collective future. The goal is to bring forth some of the main issues humanity faces today, as we move forward to uncertain times. In an effort to be as thorough as possible, we will consider two kinds of threats: those due to natural disasters and those that are man-made. The idea is to expose some of the dangers and possible mechanisms that have been proposed to deal with these issues. My intention is not to offer a detailed analysis for each threat — but to invite reflection and, hopefully, action.

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Feb 8, 2013

The Alabama State University committee that was formed to help find a new president has delayed a decision on whether to hire a private firm to assist with the search.  ASU Board of Trustees, President Elton said that a decision would be made at the committee's next meeting.  Some committee members say hiring a search firm will be expensive.  The new leader will replace former President Joseph Silver. 

Lawsuit Dismissed

A judge has dismissed a family's lawsuit against the University of South Alabama over a campus police officer's fatal shooting of a naked student.  A Mobile County judge ruled Friday that state law makes the school exempt from the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of 18-year-old freshman Gil Collar.  The judge says the lawsuit can go forward against the university's police chief.  A university police officer shot and killed the Wetumpka teenager outside the police station in October.  Authorities say Collar was nude and appeared to be on drugs, and he threatened the officer.  The lawsuit says the shooting was unjustified.  The family also is suing the officer who fired the fatal shot.  

Synthetic Marijuana

Smoking synthetic marijuana has been linked to kidney injury.  That's according to researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  AL.com reports UAB researchers conducted four case studies involving four young men who smoked synthetic marjuana, known as Spice or K2, and suffered kidney injuries afterward. 

New SUV

Officials with automaker Mercedes-Benz say they plan to add a totally new sport utility vehicle model to its production line in Alabama.  The Tuscaloosa News reports the new model will most likely be added in 2015.  The chairman of the company's parent firm, Daimler A.G., told shareholders meeting this week in that the fifth model destined for Mercedes' sole U.S. auto assembly would be an SUV.  The chairman says preparations for productions of another SUB are being made at its plant in Vance, about 20 miles east of Tuscaloosa.