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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Mar 4, 2013

Republicans and Democrats are casting blame on each other for the automatic, across-the-board federal spending cuts that kicked in on Friday.  They've pledged to retroactively undo the cuts, but neither party is saying how and when that process would start to take shape.  Republicans insist on no new taxes and Democrats refuse to talk about any bargain without them. 

Freedom Riders

A Georgia congressman says he was moved to tears when the police officer in Montgomery apologized for officers failing to act during an attack on Freedom Riders more than 50 years ago.  Kevin Murphy John Lewis presented with the badge off his uniform during a program at First Baptist Church on Saturday.  Lewis, an Alabama native, is one of the original Freedom Riders.  He and other members of Congress were in Montgomery for the 13th Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage to Alabama.  Lewis and Murphy spoke Saturday about the day in 1961 when a white mob beat Freedom Riders.  Chief Murphy said an apology should have been issued a long time ago.   

Move Over Alabama

Alabama drivers would have to move over for garbage trucks, as they currently do for emergency vehicles, under legislation being considered in the Legislature.  A bill by Republican Rep. Mac McCutcheon of Capshaw called "Move Over Alabama" is expected to be considered by a House Committee Wednesday. 

Abortion Clinics

A state Senate committee is scheduled to vote this week on a bill that would establish tighter regulations for abortion clinics.  The Senate Health Committee heard public comments on the bill last week and set a vote for Wednesday.  The bill has already cleared the House.  Under the legislation, doctors who perform abortions would be required to have admitting privileges at local hospitals.  The bill would also require clinics to make major building modifications.  Opponents says that may cause clinics to close. 

Liquor License Granted

The VictoryLand casino in Shorter has won its bid for an expanded liquor license.  The Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board says it could not conclude that specific gaming and machines at VictoryLand are illegal.  The panel says that question would be up to the courts to decide.  Attorney General Luther Strange believes the ABC decision is moot following a state Supreme Court ruling that the machines don't resemble the game of bingo.  Strange's office seized more than 1,600 machines last month in a raid that closed VictoryLand.  A casino attorney said the ABC decision bolstered what a local judge and the Court of Criminal Appeals had already ruled, that the machines were in fact legal.