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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.

Donald Trump is firing back at Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg after she disparaged him in several media interviews. He tweeted late Tuesday that she "has embarrassed all" with her "very dumb political statements" about the candidate. Trump ended his tweet with "Her mind is shot - resign!":

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Around The Jazz Internet: Sept. 14, 2012

Sep 14, 2012

Next Wednesday: new Dave Douglas band live in concert. But first, these news:

  • Burning Ambulance has been counting down the 50 Greatest Saxophonists ever all week. Featuring guest lists from Jon Irabagon and Rudresh Mahanthappa.
  • Neil Cowley may be the most-listened-to jazz pianist of the last year: He played on Adele's megahit album 21. He's got new music with his own band, as this story shows.
  • Our friends at WFIU's Night Lights have been doing this four-part radio series on the sizeable contributions that Indiana has made to jazz history. It's called Jazz Crossroads of America and it's airing (and being archived) now.
  • Guitarist Lionel Loueke and his new band drop into WNYC's Soundcheck studio for a session.
  • Flutist Nicole Mitchell spotlights five female avant-garde jazz musicians for JazzTimes. You might say five *fellow* musicians.
  • Drummer Karriem Riggins is interviewed for Revivalist. He was once Ray Brown's drummer and gigs with Diana Krall, but his new record is all about beats and grooves he made both on a kit and with a drum machine.
  • This review of a book about Duke Ellington gets into the thorny question of whether we should look at Ellington in "classical" terms, or whether he ought to be considered a thing "apart." Good reading.
  • Marion Brown Day is now a thing in Massachusetts. The late alto saxophonist will be celebrated on Sunday. This blog post includes a profile of the man — plus, it notes that the announcement was made by Governor Deval Patrick, son of saxophonist Pat Patrick.
  • SFJazz head Randall Kline is interviewed about the $63 million concert hall his organization is building. Talk about potential audiences here for those curious about his vision.
  • A history of Louis Armstrong Stadium, the second biggest court at the U.S. Open (formerly the show court, before remodeling). Fun fact: For decades, Armstrong lived in a nearby neighborhood in Queens. And dig the lineup of the opening concert: Ella Fitzgerald, Eubie Blake, Freddie Hubbard, Gene Krupa.
  • Destination: Out has posted a tribute to Byard Lancaster.
  • The Jazz Session spoke with Sonny Rollins.

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