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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!":


Football And (Conservative) Politics Do Mix For Some NFL Fans

Sep 17, 2012
Originally published on September 17, 2012 3:18 pm

There's nothing like a ready-made crowd to help a group get its message out. That's why a conservative political organization set up shop Sunday outside the St. Louis Rams-Washington Redskins NFL football game.

Why mix politics and football?

"People are here," explained Patrick Werner, Missouri state director for Americans for Prosperity.

Football fans are used to encountering promotional tents for sports-talk radio stations and brands of beer and mixed nuts on their way to the game. Not so many of them expect to discuss politics as part of the pregame festivities.

But Werner and his staff managed to attract attention from a large number of people who were willing to give up personal information such as email addresses in return for a free green T-shirt.

Americans for Prosperity is largely known for running multimillion-dollar ad campaigns in support of conservative causes. The group spent some $25 million airing ads critical of President Obama last month in 11 states.

But Americans for Prosperity is also trying a retail approach. The group is currently on a tour of more than 350 stops in 16 states, seeking to approach and energize citizens individually to turn out to vote.

AFP parked a big, green bus in a lot directly catty-corner to the Edward Jones Dome in downtown St. Louis, emblazoned with a profile of the president and his infamous, if decontextualized, quote about business: "You didn't build that."

Julie O'Keefe, a St. Louis attorney, is embarrassed when her sons yell, "I hate Obama" as they pass the bus. "We didn't teach them to say that," she said.

But she doesn't disagree with them. "[Obama is] lying when he says [Mitt] Romney is going to raise taxes on the middle class," O'Keefe said. "That's total class warfare."

Like a number of passersby, O'Keefe said she had never heard of Americans for Prosperity until their tour pulled into St. Louis this weekend. The group is largely funded by Charles and David Koch, brother billionaire oil men from Kansas who have become bugaboos for liberals thanks to their generous support of conservative organizations such as AFP.

More people stopping by the bus, in fact, seem to have heard of the Kochs than Americans for Prosperity itself. Nevertheless, the group's message resonates. A number of people who disdain President Obama tick off as their reasons several of the same issues the group has bannered across its bus, including the $16 trillion national debt and persistently high unemployment.

St. Louis gave Obama 84 percent of its vote in 2008, but there are plenty of more conservative voters in surrounding counties in Missouri and across the Mississippi River in Illinois.

Rowdy Smith drove north about 25 miles from Barnhardt, Mo., to bring his family, all wearing Rams jerseys, to the game.

"Obama's a mess, not a leader," said Smith, who works for a coal company. "Hopefully, Obama loses, but the liberal mainstream media will do their best to keep him in there because he's their candidate."

But many of those who opposed Obama didn't seem fired up about Republican Mitt Romney. "He's what we've got," as one voter said. Few seemed interested in signing up to do work for AFP or the campaign. "We're gonna vote and everybody's going to know how," said St. Louis resident Maria Clements, but she wasn't planning to do more than that.

Emily Pindell, who lives in Edwardsville, Ill., was enjoying beers and barbecue beside her car with her husband before the game. She kept standing up from her folding chair, offering to take pictures of people in front of the AFP bus.

It was rare for anyone to beg off because they were Obama supporters.

Jim Engle, a construction sales director in St. Louis, didn't want to pose for any pictures, but he took a few shots of the bus anyway, saying he's going to send them to friends who aren't fans of Obama, either.

"The bus caught my eye," he said. "That's pretty creative."

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