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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!":


Dying, The Greatest Generation, Courage and Integrity

Aug 13, 2012
Originally published on August 13, 2012 6:28 pm

My wife of 45 years knows she is probably dying of a serious disease. She faces this with, of course, fear, but also with stunning generosity. I love and admire her humanity and integrity.

We are watching Ken Burns' powerful documentary The War together. It's about World War II. I was born in September 1939 and my first memories include the war and its aftermath. My older cousins, Norman and Bob Kauffman, flew B-29 bombers.

We say we honor our fallen, often it's just lip service. I say to that Greatest Generation, with the deepest admiration, "Thank you for your courage and integrity."

America has changed over my 72 years. Following World War II, Gary Cooper personified in High Noon what may rightfully be called, in the language of that day, the American Man. His wife, a Quaker, is profoundly opposed to violence. She is equally opposed to Cooper taking up arms against the three thugs threatening his town. Yet, after living long with this moral dilemma, Cooper picks up his Colt and blows the three thugs away. His character displays courage and integrity.

Now we have The Terminator and its ilk, adventure movies filled with meaningless violence. The honor and integrity embodied by Cooper have been blown away.

At the same time, our education system below the university level has faded. We're not at the top of the global class list. Is this for lack of money spent, or altered values? Many of the best students in our graduate schools come from overseas. Why?

We live with an elite whose interests are protected at all costs. Their banks were bailed out starting in 2008, when the mortgage-backed securities and credit-default swaps they constructed ringed the financial world in a web of bad bets backed by insufficient capital to cover losses. Profits were big before the collapse and, thanks to the bailouts, are big again. Now we also know there has been cheating on the important LIBOR index.

The siren call of big money means that many of the best and brightest in each graduating class at Harvard — and other elite schools — rush to Wall Street when they might otherwise move on to make useful things somewhere else.

Mitt Romney, who may well become president, flip flops at whim, running from policies like the healthcare framework he pioneered at governor of Massachusetts. Courage and integrity? You be the judge.

The Supreme Court, in the "Citizens United" decision, has enabled rivers of money to silently flow into our electoral process without identifying for voters from where the cash has originated. Transparency? Integrity? Courage? Generosity? You be the judge.

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