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!":

Donald Trump wrapped up his public tryout of potential vice presidential candidates in Indiana Tuesday night with Gov. Mike Pence giving the final audition.

The Indiana governor's stock as Trump's possible running mate is believed to be on the rise, with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich also atop the list. Sources tell NPR the presumptive GOP presidential nominee is close to making a decision, which he's widely expected to announce by Friday.


Batman and the City In Mind (and Comics)

Jul 21, 2012
Originally published on July 26, 2014 4:53 pm

Last night I took my son and a troop of teenage boys to see the last installment of Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Batman trilogy. One thing that struck me about the new film was how the image of the city has evolved over the course of the series. I have been thinking a lot about urban environments lately for NPR's Cities project. From that perspective, Nolan's move from Batman Begins to The Dark Knight Rises raised some interesting questions about cities in the popular imagination.

In Batman Begins, Bruce Wayne lived in a fully fictionalized Gotham. With monorails and sneering gangsters, it was explicitly a comic book city, half-1940s vision of the future and half Blade Runner vision of the past. That first take on Gotham was not any city we in the real world lived in. Then, in The Dark Knight, Nolan gave us a city we recognized. This Gotham, terrorized so effectively by Heath Ledger's terrifying Joker, felt familiar (much of the movie was filmed in Chicago). What made the second film so startlingly scary was a vision of a very real city forced into a state of very real fear and chaos. I think few viewers expected something so disturbing from a superhero movie. Using echoes of our experience of 9/11, Nolan and Ledger managed to a create a Gotham that was truly modern in the darkest sense of the word.

With The Dark Night Rises the connection with 9/11 is explicit. Gotham is New York. It's an island city that can effectively be cut off from the rest of the world and left to its own dark devices. While this third film is not nearly as effective as the second, it's use of the city as a theater for the collective imagination is compelling. With echoes of stock market bungles and battles between the 1 percent and 99 percent, it picks up the modern urban zeitgeist, making its vision of Gotham resonate with our own. Nolan's camera lingers on Gotham from high above as explosions bring down bridges and, later, smoke billows into the sky. Its a vantage point we are, unfortunately, familiar with.

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