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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!":


'Bourne': New Character, New Star, Same Results

Aug 9, 2012

As the title of the fourth movie in a perhaps never-ending series, The Bourne Legacy is almost too perfect. Variations on what happened to Jason Bourne in the first three entries can befall new characters indefinitely. If this prospect sounds a little tiresome — well, that's what quick cuts and superhuman stunts are for.

The Bourne Legacy is also the title of a novel by Eric Van Lustbader, who continued Bourne creator Robert Ludlum's, uh, legacy. But the Bourne movies long ago diverged from those authors' storyline, and now they've jettisoned the character as well. This installment centers on Aaron Cross, played by The Hurt Locker's Jeremy Renner.

Co-writer/director Tony Gilroy, who's had a hand in writing the previous three films in the franchise, cleverly overlaps the events of this chapter with those of The Bourne Ultimatum. It's because Jason Bourne has become uncontrollable that the powers that be — led by Edward Norton's cold-blooded bureaucrat, Eric Byer — decide to shut down a different super-soldier program, code name "Outcome." That, of course, means killing everybody in the operation and anybody who knows about it, plus some innocent bystanders, just to show how merciless American clandestine services are. The Bourne Legacy is fantasy of U.S. government ruthlessness worthy of the Tea Party Film Club.

Unfortunately for Byer, one Outcome operative declines to die: Cross, who's introduced doing the CIA's version of Outward Bound in Alaska. When not dodging missiles, he tangles with what must be the same pack of wolves who menaced Liam Neeson in the ridiculous The Grey earlier this year. "Wolves don't track people," Cross correctly notes, but he (and the movie) don't follow up on that insight. He's too busy looking for his "reds."

Yes, Cross has been chemically altered and genetically enhanced. Outcome went beyond the previous programs, Treadstone and Blackbriar, which merely indulged in physical training and behavior modification. Now that Outcome has become plausibly deniable, Cross fears, he'll lose the super-stuff fed to him by such medical researchers as Marta Shearing (Rachel Weisz). This is one lab rat who doesn't want the experiment to stop.

The middle part of the movie is set in the D.C. area, where Cross rescues Shearing from still more homicidal government agents. She tells him that he can still be an Übermensch without his meds, but he'll have to get a shot of a substance that's way outside the Beltway. So the duo head to Manila, one of those teeming Asian cities that's great for chase scenes.

It's in the Philippines that Gilroy begins to emulate Paul Greengrass, who directed the two previous Bourne films with frantic pans and jittery edits. Overall, though, The Bourne Legacy is more staid and less Dramamine-demanding than Greengrass' episodes.

Also in Asia is yet another superagent, the product of yet another top-secret program. This guy is supposed to be Cross' great nemesis, but their showdown seems rushed. Even at more than two hours, the movie doesn't really have time to develop the story of one more clandestine hyperwarrior operation.

The new movie includes cameos by such Bourne veterans as Joan Allen, Albert Finney, Scott Glenn and David Strathairn. (But not Matt Damon, who has publicly dissed Gilroy.) Yet this is basically the tale of a loner, even if Cross eventually does acquire a helpmate/love interest/personal physician. Call it The Bourne Franchise: Ghost Protocol — a fever dream of amok individualism as much as stoic brutality.

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