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 20, 2013

Another round of budget hearings took place at the Alabama Statehouse Wednesday.  The State Medicaid Agency with Dr. Don Williamson was the first.  The State Health Officer is serving as chair of the agency for the time being.  Dr. Williamson says he has to make up for a $33 million dollar shortfall in the current budget.  Dr.  Williamson says $743 million dollars will be needed for the 2014 Medicaid budget, which is $128 million dollars more than 2013. 

Final Passage?

Legislation to consolidate a number of state law enforcement agencies into one organization has moved within one step of final passage.  The House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee approved the bill to consolidate various agencies into the Alabama State Law Enforcement Agency.  The bill is sponsored by Republican Sen. Del Marsh of Anniston and is supported by Governor Robert Bentley.  The bill now goes to the full House for debate and possible final passage. 

Black Caucus

Members of Alabama's legislative black caucus are criticizing the state's latest crackdown on the VictoryLand casino at Shorter.  State Rep. Pebblin Warren of Tuskegee says a raid at VictoryLand is unfair to Macon County residents who voted to legalize bingo.  She says it's also unfair that the Poarch Band of Creek Indians continue operating their three casinos when VictoryLand is shutdown.  State Rep.  Alvin Holmes of Montgomery says he's worried that people who work at VictoryLand are out of jobs.  State officials seized gambling machines and cash at VictoryLand on Tuesday. 

Homicide Arrest

A man wanted for questioning in a Prattville robbery and homicide has been captured in Orlando.  Prattville police say Eric Ziegler is awaiting extradition from Florida.  He is wanted on robbery charges and is also a person of interest in the December murder of 20-year-old Lamarcus Dejuan Ramsey.  Police have already arrested 21-year-old Dre Antwan Deramus in connection with the same incident.