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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WVAS Local News

Feb 12, 2013

Weather Forecasters say parts of Alabama will remain soggy at least through Wednesday night.  Rainfall totals since Sunday have been impressive, ranging anywhere from four to eight inches in eastern and western counties.  The non-stop precipitation is prompting worries about flooding.  Meteorologists say some localized flash floods are possible.  Some minor flooding is possible along portions of the Alabama, Tombigbee and Black Warrior river systems.  Any river flooding that does occur could persist through the end of the work week and perhaps into the weekend. 

Alabama Losing Millions

Financial experts say the fiscal cliff agreement in Washington will cut funding for Alabama's public schools and colleges by at least $ 70 million dollars annually.  The fiscal cliff settlement affects Alabama differently than most other states.  That's because Alabama is one of the few states that provides its citizens with a state income tax deduction for the federal taxes paid.  The federal settlement allowed a temporary reduction in payroll taxes for Social Security and Medicare to expire.  It also raised the tax rates on the wealthiest one percent of Americans.  The director of the Legislative Fiscal Office, Norris Green, says the two changes should reduce Alabama's income tax collections by $ 70 to $ 75 million dollars annually. 

Ledbetter's Movie

An Alabama woman has struck a deal with a Hollywood filmmaker to make a movie about her long battle for women to receive equal pay as men.  Lilly Ledbetter's long struggle to receive equal pay for the time she worked as a supervisor at the Goodyear Tire plant in Gadsden led to the first bill President Obama signed into law as president.  Ledbetter's attorney said details about the cast or where the move will be made have not been finalized. 

Mardi Gras

Plastic beads and moon pies will be flying all day on the Alabama coast.  Despite the wet weather, parades began this morning and are scheduled to go into the night in Mobile and Baldwin counties for Fat Tuesday.  Organizers say the celebration will continue unless the weather turns severe.  Six parades are scheduled in Mobile, home of the nation's oldest Mardi Gras festivities.  The beach cities of Gulf Shores and orange Beach also have parades.  Fat Tuesday marks the end of the Mardi Gras season and the beginning of the Christian season of Lent, which leads to Easter.