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 12, 2013

The Alabama Senate Demcratic Caucus has announced its intention to make the expansion of Medicaid a priority of its 2013 legislative agenda.  Caucus members say they are asking Governor Robert Bentley and fellow legislators to support growing Medicaid in the state.  The governor has refused to establish a public health care exchange or expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, Senate Democrats are hoping he will reconsider. 

Agribusiness Economic Impact

A new study of Alabama's agricultural and forestry industries says they contribute more than $70 billion dollars annually to Alabama's economy and account for 22 percent of the state's workforce.  The Alabama Agribusiness Council and other groups joined Governor Robert Bentley in releasing the study today.  Bentley said the last similar study was done in 1989, and the new study by Auburn University shows how important agriculture and forestry are to the state's economy. 

Dr. Phil Show

The mother of an Alabama boy held hostage in an underground bunker for days says her son witnessed officers fatally shoot his kidnapper.  Jennifer Kirkland's comments about her son, Ethan, came in an interview with Dr. Phil McGraw for the "Dr. Phil Show."  Kirkland says her son saw officers shoot the gunman identified as 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes of Midland City.  The FBI says agents wearing combat gear entered Dykes' bunker on the sixth day of the standoff in southeast Alabama.  he was shot multiple times.  Ethan wasn't physically injured.  The show is set to be aired Wednesday. 

Party Switch

A party switch by state Sen. Jerry Fielding of Talladega has led to him becoming vice chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.  The Senate's Republican leader, President Pro Tem Del Marsh of Anniston, sent a letter to the Senate announcing the appointment.  Fielding is a retired circuit judge who was elected to the Senate in 2010 as a Democrat.  He switched to the Republican Party in October.