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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. 7, 2012

Sep 7, 2012

Interviews, news and assorted information:

  • An old documentary of Ornette Coleman, c. 1986, has been restored. First link is to The New Yorker, this one to a New York Times review.
  • A freewheeling interview with Tim Berne in the Village Voice. The saxophonist and composer, happily profane and frank, reflects on his own label, being on a major label, the '70s lofts, the '80s "downtown" scene and pretty much everything else relating to his career in music.
  • Wynton Marsalis interview. I know, another Wynton interview, but this is notable that it 1) appears in Ebony, a black-interest magazine (you can see other jazz content on the right-hand side) and 2) adds some nuance to someone often thought of as against pop music (the bit about Robert Glasper especially).
  • Interview with Vijay Iyer about his latest collaboration with spoken word artist Mike Ladd. This is hip — it was done via instant message while watching the Democratic National Convention, and the project itself revolves around U.S. military veterans.
  • The first review that I've seen for the new book on Herbie Hancock's Mwandishi band of the late '60s and early '70s, and it comes from pianist George Colligan. A reminder here of the blog around the book.
  • Paul Desmond, the alto saxophonist best known for his time with Dave Brubeck, once had a "Canadian quartet" of his own. Here's some deep digging into that brief and little-recorded history.
  • Blues clubs in Chicago over time, since 1945. The maps here also plot out density of black populations by neighborhoods, which makes for some fascinating data.
  • A remembrance of Shimrit Shoshan from WBGO's Simon Rentner, who knew her well.
  • A fuller obituary for the late saxophonist Byard Lancaster.
  • Mariah Carey seems to have stopped by a famous cabaret room in New York to sing some standards the other night.
  • The Jazz Session spoke with organist Matthew Kaminski and the owner of The Gnu's Room in Auburn, Ala.

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