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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.

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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!":


Around The Jazz Internet: Sept. 21, 2012

Sep 21, 2012
Originally published on September 21, 2012 6:10 pm

Happy John Coltrane birthday on Sunday.

  • Pianist Michael Wolff talks about his Cal Tjader tribute for the San Jose Mercury News. I do know Wolff as a New York pianist but didn't know he was musical director of The Arsenio Hall Show or that he's from the Bay Area.
  • Pianist Jonathan Batiste and his band parade through the Lower East Side at night (he plays melodica). Video or it didn't happen.
  • John Abercrombie, the guitarist, is interviewed by the Denver Westword. It's about his whole career but the headline is about how "even jazz players are feeling the brunt effects of the down economy."
  • Baritone saxophonist Pepper Adams left behind at least 43 compositions. A new five-album project reinterprets all of them with different ensembles and lineups. JazzWax has the scoop.
  • KUSP blanketed Monterey Jazz Festival with coverage last year. Check out their new blog for this year.
  • Dr. Lonnie Smith, organ master, breaks down a few of his recordings. There's more in an interview with Something Else! Reviews.
  • Joe Morris, the guitarist turned bassist who works in a lot of free jazz situations, has written a book about "The Properties Of Free Music." It's about strategies and methodologies behind this sort of stuff, including looks at systems used by Anthony Braxton, Ornette Coleman, Cecil Taylor and European free improv. Burning Ambulance has an interview.
  • Bill Evans' widow remembers.
  • SFJazz announces its first season in its new center. Note: Jason Moran with skateboarders and a halfpipe.
  • A group in Wisconsin is bringing back a Mellophonium Jazz Orchestra, patterned after Stan Kenton's experiments with the instrument.
  • The Original Rompin' Stompin', Hot And Heavy, Cool And Groovy All Star Jazz Show.
  • Destination: Out serves up some solo Matthew Shipp.
  • AllAboutJazz featured pianist/drummer Art Lande and interviews Medeski Martin and Wood.
  • The Jazz Session spoke with bassist John Geggie and trumpeter Nadje Noordhuis. Spare a note of gratitude for proprietor Jason Crane, who's produced hundreds of interviews with great artists across North America on a shoestring budget and in the face of personal turmoil.
  • The Checkout sat down with Dave Douglas before this week's concert, and with fellow trumpeter Nadje Noordhuis.

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