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.


California Peaceniks In A Drug War Full Of 'Savages'

Jul 5, 2012
Originally published on July 6, 2012 11:54 am

Both factions in Oliver Stone's new movie refer to each other, not without reason, as "savages." But this drug-war thriller is not nearly so feral as such previous Stone rampages as U-Turn and Natural Born Killers. Occasionally, it even seems righteous.

Adapted from Don Winslow's 2010 best-seller, Savages pits laid-back, hedonistic Californians against brutal, hegemonic Mexicans. The former are the happy Laguna Beach threesome of Chon, Ben and O (Taylor Kitsch, Aaron Johnson and Blake Lively); the latter are led by Tijuana-based Elena (a bewigged Salma Hayek), with Lado (a pompadoured Benicio Del Toro) as her north-of-the-border enforcer. In the middle is a doubly corrupt DEA agent (a balding John Travolta).

Elena's cartel is being squeezed in Mexico, so she's decided to hit a soft — and lucrative — target. Ben, a botanical genius with a Bono-like taste for globe-trotting altruism, cultivates "some of the best weed in the world." He doesn't like gangster tactics, but he does have muscle: His longtime pal Chon is a former Navy SEAL and Iraq war veteran. Both guys are sexually entwined with O, the dope-loving party girl who's also the film's narrator.

Ben and Chon don't want to work for Elena, and so are insufficiently deferential to her emissary (Demian Bichir, Oscar-nominated last year for A Better Life). Initially, they don't realize he's making them an offer they can't refuse.

Elena, listening in on the conversation, is angered by their remarks. (Apparently unconcerned about being traced, characters in the movie regularly video-chat with each other, and even send incriminating images of their brutal murders across the Net.)

To assure the deal, Elena has O kidnapped and demands a substantial ransom. With the help of their money launderer (an Emile Hirsch cameo), Ben and Chon try to raise the cash. When that doesn't work, Chon calls his old battle comrades — and the "basically Buddhist" Ben has to determine if he loves O enough to kill to get her back. This being an Oliver Stone movie, his decision is not hard to anticipate.

One inevitable irony here: Stone, and the film, are on the Yanks' side, yet Hayek's and del Toro's performances register more strongly than do the one-dimensional turns of Lively (petulant), Johnson (cool) and Kitsch (naked).

Savages is flashy in the director's usual manner, with slow- and fast-motion footage, lurid animations and sequences in washed-out or hypersaturated color. Unlike in some of Stone's movies, however, these stylistic tics make a certain narrative sense. When the color drains from images of O, for example, that might signify her fate; early in the story, she cautions that just because she's narrating the tale doesn't necessarily mean she survives it.

This isn't one of Stone's political films, but it does offer parallels between the Iraq war and the narco one. In particular, a grisly torture scene illustrates the argument made by critics of "enhanced interrogation": People subjected to horrific pain will say whatever they think their tormentors want to hear.

When not questioning the "war on terror," Stone needles another rogue American institution: the movie biz. The director furnishes Savages with multiple outcomes, as if to mock those Hollywood test-screening audiences who always seem to want a happy ending.

With a boost from Jeff Lynne's "Do Ya," the filmmaker delivers one. It's not enough to justify the movie's sadism, or its over-padded length. But the playful way Stone flips the mood demonstrates a command of the material he hasn't shown in more than a decade.

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