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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.

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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!":


'For Ellen,' With Something Distantly Like Love

Sep 6, 2012

The centerpiece of For Ellen is the long-postponed meeting between a rock-band singer, Joby Taylor, and the 6-year-old daughter whose name is in the title. But writer-director So Yong Kim's wintry character study is primarily a solo act, punctuated by the occasional duet.

Played by executive producer Paul Dano, Joby materializes out of widescreen darkness in the shaky, blurry opening sequence. He's a rock-and-roll ghost — thin, pasty and barely visible. Through phone conversations and brief meetings, we gradually discern that Joby has gone AWOL from his group in order to sign divorce papers with his soon-to-be-ex-wife in her upstate New York hometown.

The deal sours when Joby learns that, in exchange for 50 percent of the couple's former house, he gets zero percent of Ellen. He needs to think that one over, so the movie gets another day to follow the out-of-place musician around Lonelyville, a place of cheap motels and cheaper bars — but also a mall with a toy store.

Joby never really gets the conversation he wants with his ex (Margarita Levieva). But he does share a few drinks with his straight-arrow lawyer (a low-key Jon Heder), as well as an outing with Ellen (Shaylena Mandigo), who's understandably distant. It's not clear if the two have ever seen each other before, but Ellen clearly doesn't know him.

Almost as central as Joby's few hours with Ellen is a one-sided phone conversation between the singer and a bandmate; it suggests that Joby is fundamentally solitary and angry at, if not the world, then most of its inhabitants.

Later, Joby dances unaccompanied to Whitesnake's hideously dated "Still of the Night," again proving himself to be furiously alone. He's shown mostly in closeups or long shots, to emphasize either his self-absorption or his disconnection from the larger world.

As Joby, Dano adds tattoos, a leather jacket, black nail polish and a scraggly goatee to his usual lank hair and shell-shocked demeanor. It's a solid performance, yet much like ones he's given before.

A downscale counterpart to Sofia Coppola's Somewhere, For Ellen was shot quickly on snowy locations, with some of its dialogue apparently improvised. The movie's naturalism easily trumps its minor contrivances, including a scene in which Joby drives off the road to demonstrate that he's, well, gone off the road. An even smaller gimmick is the use of a classical piece, Beethoven's "Fur Elise," whose title parallels the movie's.

Kim, a Korean-American filmmaker, is the mother of a young daughter and had little contact with her own father. So For Ellen reflects real-life anxieties. It's certainly not one of those movies in which moppets are preternaturally wise, with transcendentally simple emotions that can heal the spiritually sick or raise the head-banging dead.

Yet by concentrating so intently on the psychically unattached Joby, Kim hinders dramatic and character development. Her Treeless Mountain, the Korea-set saga of two young sisters, was also quiet and open-ended. But the interplay between the two girls provided warmth and depth. For Ellen feels both colder and slighter.

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