A police officer is free on bond after being arrested following a rash of road-sign thefts in southeast Alabama.  Brantley Police Chief Titus Averett says officer Jeremy Ray Walker of Glenwood is on paid leave following his arrest in Pike County.  The 30-year-old Walker is charged with receiving stolen property.  Lt. Troy Johnson of the Pike County Sheriff's Office says an investigation began after someone reported that Walker was selling road signs from Crenshaw County.  Investigators contacted the county engineer and learned signs had been reported stolen from several roads.

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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.

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Chavez Wins Another Term As Venezuela's President

Oct 8, 2012
Originally published on October 8, 2012 9:00 am

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has beaten his most serious political challenge in years. He defeated a young former governor handily in Sunday's presidential election. With this victory, Chavez has another six years to consolidate his socialist system in the country with the world's largest oil reserves.

It was the toughest challenge to his rule that he'd received in years — a young, vigorous candidate whose election would have ended Chavez's self-proclaimed revolution.

But when the votes were counted Sunday night, Chavez had won with 54.4 percent of the vote to 44.9 percent for Henrique Capriles.

Shortly before midnight, Chavez led the throngs outside the presidential palace in singing the national anthem. He told them this was the beginning of his next term, which goes through 2018.

And the crowd responded with their signature chant: "Hey-Ho, Chavez won't go."

Speaking from a balcony, Chavez described his victory as the perfect battle: "We've shown comrades that our democracy is one of the world's best."

Henrique Capriles, 40, conceded soon after the voting results were issued. "I want to congratulate the president, send him our compliments," Capriles said.

The campaign, though, heavily favored Chavez. The president controls much of the televised airwaves in Venezuela, receiving ample positive coverage. He also controls billions in oil profits that were used for giveaways like new apartments and appliances.

What Capriles had going for him was his energy and his message — that the country was suffering from many problems that Chavez had not resolved since his rule began in 1999.

People were clearly excited about voting — and even applauded as polling stations opened, like this one in a leafy Caracas neighborhood.

"It has been 14 years of economical crisis, violence, crime, destruction of private industry, and I believe and I have complete certainty that if Capriles wins there is a way to reconstruct my country," said Fabiana Hernandez, who had come out to vote for Capriles.

It's true that polls showed that people across all economic classes are worried about high crime. And that blackouts and food shortages are also concerns.

But in the end, the results showed that Chavez retained enough of a loyal base – more than half of all voters. Those supporters are also willing to overlook that Chavez, 58, has been ill — recovering from a cancerous tumor the president says was removed earlier in the year.

Residents of poorer neighborhoods, like truck driver Javier Pinango, believe Chavez will deliver a better life for them.

"He's been doing it for 14 years," Pinango said. "There's no other option. There's no other candidate who can measure up."

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