A police officer is free on bond after being arrested following a rash of road-sign thefts in southeast Alabama.  Brantley Police Chief Titus Averett says officer Jeremy Ray Walker of Glenwood is on paid leave following his arrest in Pike County.  The 30-year-old Walker is charged with receiving stolen property.  Lt. Troy Johnson of the Pike County Sheriff's Office says an investigation began after someone reported that Walker was selling road signs from Crenshaw County.  Investigators contacted the county engineer and learned signs had been reported stolen from several roads.

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NASA has released the first picture of Jupiter taken since the Juno spacecraft went into orbit around the planet on July 4.

The picture was taken on July 10. Juno was 2.7 million miles from Jupiter at the time. The color image shows some of the atmospheric features of the planet, including the giant red spot. You can also see three of Jupiter's moons in the picture: Io, Europa and Ganymede.

The Senate is set to approve a bill intended to change the way police and health care workers treat people struggling with opioid addictions.

My husband and I once took great pleasure in preparing meals from scratch. We made pizza dough and sauce. We baked bread. We churned ice cream.

Then we became parents.

Now there are some weeks when pre-chopped veggies and a rotisserie chicken are the only things between us and five nights of Chipotle.

Parents are busy. For some of us, figuring out how to get dinner on the table is a daily struggle. So I reached out to food experts, parents and nutritionists for help. Here is some of their (and my) best advice for making weeknight meals happen.

"O Canada," the national anthem of our neighbors up north, comes in two official versions — English and French. They share a melody, but differ in meaning.

Let the record show: neither version of those lyrics contains the phrase "all lives matter."

But at the 2016 All-Star Game, the song got an unexpected edit.

At Petco Park in San Diego, one member of the Canadian singing group The Tenors — by himself, according to the other members of the group — revised the anthem.

School's out, and a lot of parents are getting through the long summer days with extra helpings of digital devices.

How should we feel about that?

Police in Baton Rouge say they have arrested three people who stole guns with the goal of killing police officers. They are still looking for a fourth suspect in the alleged plot, NPR's Greg Allen reports.

"Police say the thefts were at a Baton Rouge pawn shop early Saturday morning," Greg says. "One person was arrested at the scene. Since then, two others have been arrested and six of the eight stolen handguns have been recovered. Police are still looking for one other man."

A 13-year-old boy is among those arrested, Greg says.

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After an international tribunal invalidated Beijing's claims to the South China Sea, Chinese authorities have declared in no uncertain terms that they will be ignoring the ruling.

The Philippines brought the case to the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, objecting to China's claims to maritime rights in the disputed waters. The tribunal agreed that China had no legal authority to claim the waters and was infringing on the sovereign rights of the Philippines.


Arabian Coronavirus: Plot Thickens But Virus Lies Low

Oct 5, 2012

It now appears that the new coronavirus found on the Arabian Peninsula is more widespread than initially thought, even though only two people are known to have gotten sick from it.

At first it seemed likely that the two known cases of illness from the new cousin-of-SARS virus may have been exposed in or near the Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah on the Red Sea coast.

But now it's pretty certain that a 49-year-old Qatari man who had traveled to Jeddah last month didn't pick up the virus there. Investigators say he probably got infected after he returned home to Qatar, a tiny Persian Gulf kingdom 825 miles to the east.

A report in the journal Eurosurveillance traces the man's movements, which hadn't been publicly known before.

"It is likely that the patient's infection was acquired in Qatar, as he was in Qatar for the 16 days prior to the onset of his most recent respiratory illness in September," write researchers from the U.K.'s Health Protection Agency and co-workers.

The man remains on life support in a London hospital after he got infected last month by the previously unknown coronavirus. He can't breathe on his own, so requires treatment called extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, or ECMO, basically an artificial lung. He has also suffered kidney failure.

The other known victim of the coronavirus was a 60-year-old Saudi man who died back in June.

The Qatari man, whose identity hasn't been disclosed, suffered a respiratory illness while he was traveling in Saudi Arabia. But, investigators learned, he recovered from that cold 16 days before he fell ill again, that time from the new coronavirus.

In the meantime, he spent time on a farm in Qatar, where he keeps camels and sheep, but reportedly had no direct contact with the animals. Genomic studies of the new virus suggest it is most closely related to a coronavirus that infects bats.

His symptoms were mild at first. But within six days he went to the hospital with pneumonia in both lungs and went steadily downhill. On September 12 his family hired an air ambulance to evacuate him to London. By that time he was in renal failure.

By this week, investigators had traced 64 people who had close contact with the Qatari man – health care workers in Qatar and London and those on the air ambulance, family members and friends. None suffered serious respiratory illness, and 13 of the health care workers had mild respiratory symptoms within 10 days of exposure all recovered.

None of the 10 symptomatic health care workers tested for the virus came up positive. That allowed the World Health Organization to conclude that the new virus is not easily transmitted from person to person. But the source of infection is still unknown.

The Qatari man might have remained just another case of undiagnosed respiratory illness but for the fact that one of his caregivers noticed a Sept. 20 post on an infectious disease network called ProMED Mail. It described the first case of a novel coronavirus — the 60-year-old Saudi man who had died three months earlier.

That caused the London doctors to run a general test for coronaviruses, something they hadn't suspected before. When that turned up positive, they quickly did genetic sequencing on a piece of the Qatari man's virus. Lo and behold, it was for all practical purposes identical to the one from the Saudi man.

At that point, alarm bells rang. As they are supposed to under new international health regulations, the U.K. physicians notified the World Health Organization of a second case of a novel infectious agent. And the investigation was on to see what sort of threat it represents.

That's still unclear. But more is known about it than perhaps ever before in such an early stage of a new microbe's emergence.

It wouldn't have happened without the ProMed posting, which shows the importance of fast communications in responding to potential public health emergencies. "It's really the major reason for ProMED's existence," its founder, Dr. Larry Madoff, told Shots with a hint of pride.

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