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 15, 2013

Several thousand passengers who were on the Carnival Cruise ship Triumph get to wake up in hotels with hot showers and working toilets today.  Their cruise ship pulled into port in Mobile Thursday night.  Carnival Cruise Line officials said a fire broke out last Sunday in the ship's engine room knocking out power to the 14 story vessel. 

Intruder Drills

Public schools across the state will now be required to conduct so called active shooter/intruder drills. reports the resolution was approved by the State Board Thursday.  The training will be provided by the Alabama Department of Homeland Security.  The recommendations come after a week long hostage standoff in Dale County that involved a kindergarten student.  The resolution also comes in the wake of a mass shooting  at a school in Newtown, Connecticut. 

Fake Police Officer

The search continues for a man who has been impersonating a police officer.  Police in Prattville said Thursday, the male suspect struck again when he tried to pull over a car on Fairview Avenue.  The white male was driving a white Ford Crown Victoria equipped with red and blue light on its dashboard, windshield and grill.  The vehicle did not have a car tag.  Prattville Police Chief Mark Thompson said he's unsure if the imposter is the same man who stopped a woman on Interstate 65 between Clanton and Prattville on February 5th. 

Homemade Bombs Found

Police in Columbus, Georgia, say an east Alabama man is in custody on weapons charges after he was found with several homemade bombs and firearms.  Police stopped 42-year-old John Mullen of Opelika Wednesday night and found five hand-held, homemade explosives in his car.  Authorities say the bombs had fuses and contained shrapnel.  Columbus police says officers also found a grenade, several handguns, rifles and 1,000 rounds of ammunition in Mullen's car.  Mullen is being held in the Muscogee County, Ga. Jail.