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.


WVAS Local News

Feb 25, 2013

Central Alabama is already several inches above average rainfall for the year with the barrage of storm systems sweeping across the state in recent weeks.  All of the rain can be both good and bad for farmers.  Regional Extension Agent Christy Hicks said farmers growing wheat have had some complications.  Hicks says the corn crop isn't planted until early March, so young plants weren't affected.  The surplus of rainfall allows farmers to refill irrigation ponds to use during warmer months.

Alabama's Constitution

The commission working on rewriting parts of Alabama's 112-year-old Constitution may soon become more diverse.  Alabama's Constitutional Revision Commission has 16 members and only one is an African-American though the Senate leadership now wants to add two more members to the panel who would make it more diverse. 

Life in Prison

A man has been sentenced to life in prison for the 2005 rape and murder of a 53-year-old woman.  Clifford Wynn of Selma was given two consecutive life sentences in Autauga County Circuit Court on Monday, that after he disrupted sentencing by making an obscene gesture at the judge. 

Dallas County School Bus Crash

Authorities say four children suffered minor injuries when a school bus and a truck collided in Dallas County.  The accident happened Monday morning on Dallas County 44 at U.S. Highway 80.  Four students and the bus driver were taken to Vaughan Regional Medical Center in Selma.  Alabama state troopers are investigating the crash.