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.

Copyright 2016 Fresh Air. To see more, visit Fresh Air.

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

Governor Robert Bentley announced legislation meant to pave the way for more aviation jobs in Alabama.  The Alabama Commercial Aviation Business Improvement Act of 2013 would set a ten-year limit that an aviation manufacturer would be liable for causes of action after delivery of the aircraft.  If the cause of action occurs at the ten-year deadline, a plaintiff still has two years to file a lawsuit.  Bentley says the provision is needed to compete for suppliers of Airbus that will be locating a plant in Mobile.  The Airbus plant is expected to employ around 1,000 people. 

VictoryLand Cash 

The State of Alabama has filed a civil suit to take possession of more than $220,000 that seized from the VictoryLand Casino last week.  State officials contend money that was seized was used as "bets or stakes in gambling activity in violation of the law of the State of Alabama."  Authorities say the casino housed more than 1,600 gambling devices in violation of state law.  The petition asks the court to condemn the seized property and order it destroyed.  Civil forfeiture proceedings are not uncommon when money and property are seized in criminal cases.  The Montgomery Advertiser reports the State is asking for about $223,400 and 1,615 gambling devices that were seized when state authorities executed a search warrant on VictoryLand on Feb. 19th. 

MATS becomes the "M"

Public transportation in Montgomery is getting a new look and a new name.  The city rolled out three new buses with the letter "M" as it's logo replacing the old "MATS" symbol for the Montgomery Area Transit System.  General Manager Kelvin Miller hopes the new look along with new hybrid buses will increase ridership. 

School Flexibility Bill

It will be Thursday before the Alabama Senate considers a school flexibility bill approved by the state House.  The Senate's Republican leaders had planned to take up the bill Tuesday.  But Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh says they decided to wait because three Republican senators were either absent or late.