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.


In A Decrepit Future, An Identity Crisis Multiplies

Aug 2, 2012

Set in a high-tech yet shabby future, the remake of Total Recall is a fully realized piece of production design. But its script, credited to six authors, is more like a preliminary sketch.

Directed by Underworld franchise veteran Len Wiseman, the movie retains some elements of Paul Verhoeven's friskier (and more graphically violent) 1990 original. Yet it also makes lots of changes, notably by downplaying the brain-bending aspects of the scenario in favor of thought-free action. (Also, it never leaves a devastated Earth for Mars.)

Our hero (Colin Farrell) might be Doug, an assembly-line worker who lives in the Colony, which used to be called Australia. He commutes daily — right through the earth's core, no less — to the only other inhabited part of the planet, a neo-colonialist Britain. Talk about the perils of outsourcing!

When he's awake, Doug is content with his life, as well as his wife, Lori (Kate Beckinsale, another Underworld franchise veteran, and Wiseman's spouse). In his recurring dreams, however, Doug is another man altogether. There he travels with another woman, who is eventually revealed to be Melina (Jessica Biel). So Doug goes to Rekall, a company that implants recreational false memories in its customers, in the hope of discovering the basis for his nightly reveries. Rather then being modernistic, the company's offices look like an upscale Chinese opium parlor. This is a joke that, like much of the movie's depiction of the Colony, teeters on the verge of being an ethnic slur.

Although it's what's left of Australia after a devastating global war, the Colony has a strong Asian character. (In one version of the script, reportedly, it was dubbed "New Shanghai.") The signs are mostly in Chinese — English, Korean, Russian and Japanese can also be glimpsed — and the rainy weather and teeming tenements suggest 1960s Hong Kong, only with more hookers and robot cops.

The other thing the Colony resembles is the L.A. of Ridley Scott's Blade Runner, another vision of a decrepit, Asian-ized future. (Both that film and this one are loosely derived from Philip K. Dick's fiction.) But where Blade Runner had a unified sensibility, the new Total Recall is a series of set pieces whose CGI environments trump narrative logic. The multidirectional transportation systems of the movie's neo-London, for one, offer many opportunities for chase and battle scenes, but otherwise make no sense.

Eventually, Doug learns that he may actually be Hauser, a double agent torn between a genocidal colonial overlord (Bryan Cranston) and a revolutionary leader (Bill Nighy) who's either a terrorist or a great liberator. Nighy passes through the story with barely a hiccup, while Cranston and Beckinsale are given more to do. This is a movie that loves its villains and is reluctant to bid them farewell. (It's almost as if Beckinsale is still playing one of Underworld's undead.)

The original movie was, of course, a vehicle for Arnold Schwarzenegger, not exactly a versatile performer. Yet that movie was slyer than this remake, which doesn't make much use of its star's superior acting chops. In one scene, Farrell does pretend to play a little Beethoven. But mostly he just runs, jumps and shoots.

During a brief reflective moment, one character tells Doug that "the past is a construct of the mind." Then a bunch of white-armored storm troopers smash their way in, reminding us that this Total Recall was constructed mostly to bypass the mind altogether.

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