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 5, 2013

A judge plans to rule Wednesday on whether the governor can sign into law a bill providing private school tax credits.  Governor Robert Bentley had planned to sign the bill Tuesday afternoon, but Montgomery Circuit Court Judge Charles Price temporarily put that on hold while he considers a lawsuit filed by the Alabama Education Association.  Price heard arguments on whether the Legislature violated Alabama's open meeting law and its own operating rules in passing the bill in a series of quick votes Thursday night.  Price told attorneys to back in his courtroom Wednesday morning when he will give them his decision.  The bill provides tax credits for parents who move their children from failing public schools to private schools.  Tax credits would help cover tuition. 

Abortion Clinic Regulations

Governor Robert Bentley says he will sign tougher abortion clinic regulations if the state Senate approves them.  Bentley spoke Tuesday at a rally organized by abortion opponents in Montgomery.  The clinic regulatory bill has passed the House and is scheduled for a vote Wednesday in the Senate Health Committee.  The Southeast Vice President of Planned Parenthood, Nikema Williams, says the bill is an attack on women's rights. 

Hunting Licenses

The number of licensed hunters taking to the field in Alabama has increased during the past five years, reflecting national growth in the sport.  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has completed a national study on the outdoors and outdoor activities, and it shows a nine percent growth nationwide in hunting license sales from 2007 to 2011, that reverses a 25-year slide.  In Alabama, the number of licensed hunters also has seen a spike, up from about 423,000 in 2001 and 391,000 in 2006 to 535,000 in 2011. 

Closing Schools

Parents and teachers are expressing concerns about plans to close seven schools and lay off 133 workers in Birmingham City Schools.  Some worry about the consequences of seventh and eighth graders mixing with high school students.  The superintendent says the consolidated schools with different grade levels would have separate entrances, staff and bus schedules.