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 19, 2013

Attorney General Luther Strange has renewed his campaign to rid the state of all casinos.  State Troopers accompanied by staffers from the AG's office, conducted a raid at VictoryLand early Tuesday and seized hundreds of gambling machines and an undisclosed amount of cash. 

Gambling operators say the state is overstepping its bounds by trying to shut down four casinos in Alabama, claiming those are illegal.  The Poarch Band of Creek Indians says the state lacks the power to shut down its three electronic bingo operations in Atmore, Montgomery and Wetumpka. 

Repayment Bill

Governor Robert Bentley says he will sign Alabama Trust Fund Repayment Legislation that received final passage Tuesday from the legislature.  The bill guarantees the repayment of $437 million dollars that was transferred from the ATF to the General Fund last year.  Representative Jay Love brought the legislation.  State Senator Bryan Taylor of Prattville added an amendment that also passed.  The Repayment bill is the first piece of legislation to reach the governor's desk during the 2013 regular session. 

Sequestration Deadline

President Barack Obama is warning that "people will lose their jobs" if across-the-board cuts take effect as scheduled next week.  Sequestration is set to begin March 1st unless a short-term deal is agreed upon before then, that would allow more time to formulate a long-term deficit reduction plan.  Auburn-Montgomery Professor of Economics Dr. Keivan Deravi says if a sequester should kick-in, the military would be one of the most adversely affected, including military installations in Alabama.  Dr. Deravi is optimistic that a solution exists to the country's deficit, but he is not confident the country's leaders can overcome their differences to find it.