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 26, 2013

The Montgomery County Sheriff's Department says an 11-year-old boy is recovering from a gunshot wound he suffered in an apparent robbery.  Sheriff's officials said the suspect is a 13-year-old boy.  The shooting occurred Sunday afternoon in the Flatwood Community, located off Lower Wetumpka Road.  The 11-year-old boy was listed in stable condition at a Birmingham hospital.  Chief Deputy Derrick Cunningham said investigators are trying to learn how the 13-year-old got his hands on a gun.  The young suspect faces robbery and assault charges.  He is being held on a juvenile detention facility. 

Common Core

Two bills have been introduced in the Alabama House and Senate that would repeal common core standards in schools.  The standards are also known as Alabama's College and Career Ready Standards.  Supporters says the standards make it easier for Alabama students to transfer to another school or another state without being far behind or ahead.    The standards were adopted by the state Board of Education in 2010.  The House sponsor of the bill said the common core standards are an example of the federal government trying to take over education in Alabama. 

Voting Rights Act

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear legal arguments Wednesday by an Alabama county that is challenging the 1965 Voting Rights Act.  Shelby County is fighting a section of the law that requires some states to seek federal approval for any changes to election rules.  Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange has sided with Shelby County.  He said the state has changed since Jim Crow days.  The Obama Administration and civil rights groups are urging the high court to leave the Voting Rights law intact. 

Sunny Weather Returns

The sun is making a welcomed appearance across much of Alabama today.  Heavy rains and worries about flooding have prompted schools to close and open late in southeast Alabama.  Public school students are getting the day off from classes today in Geneva County where the ground is saturated with water and rivers are rising.  Schools are opening late in Henry and Houston counties because of the possibility of floodwaters covering roads.  Officials say the Chattahoochee River cold flood some areas.  Areas in south Alabama received anywhere from three to four inches of rain over a 24-hour period.