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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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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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.


Four Signs Your Awesome Investment May Actually Be A Ponzi Scheme

Jul 30, 2012

Ponzi schemes get a lot of attention when big ones go bust. Bernie Madoff, of course, got a ton of attention when his $20-billion con collapsed in late 2008. So did Allen Stanford, who was recently sentenced to 110 years in prison for scamming investors out of more than $7 billion over two decades.

But it turns out that the Ponzi industry is much broader and deeper than even the biggest blowups suggest. That's one lesson of a slim new book, The Ponzi Scheme Puzzle: A History and Analysis of Con Artists and Victims, from Boston University Law Professor Tamar Frankel.

Losses from Ponzi schemes and other related frauds cost investors about $10 billion a year, according to Frankel, and victims range from ordinary people to executives at major financial institutions. One Ponzi scheme, in Romania, snared more than 2 million people.

In the basic Ponzi scheme, the con artist pays returns to old investors with cash from new investors — a system that collapses when investors stop pouring money in.

The people running the cons use remarkably similar tricks to lure investors, according to Frankel. "The tales that con artists tell investors are enticing in a consistent way," she says. "The narratives hide the truth in a consistent manner."

Here are four warning signs Frankel details in her book:

1. High return! Low risk! It's a bedrock principle of investing that higher returns generally bring higher risk. If you're promised the opposite — a big payoff with little downside — be suspicious. A close corollary is Madoff's angle: Incredibly consistent returns whether the market goes up or down.

2. Where does the money come from? It's complicated. Con men often tell complex stories to explain their fantastic returns. Charles Ponzi's original scheme purportedly invested in international postal-reply coupons — a kind of international stamp that could be cashed out in multiple currencies. Other scams have claimed to involve synthetic rubies, windmills, hydroponic farms, latex gloves, ambulance retrofitting, Canadian telephone-number leases, carpet contracts and bus shelters.

3. It's illegal, but it's safe. Ponzi schemers also tend to be quite up-front about not telling investors everything, Frankel writes. They may say they fear competitors, and offer to return the money of inquisitive investors (in effect threatening to kick them out of an exclusive and lucrative club if they keep prying).

In an extreme version, some con artists hawk "safe illegality": arrangements that supposedly work by evading taxes or other laws, for example. One fraudster claimed to be offering an investment normally only open to employees of the financial company that employed him. The approach both explains the secrecy, and makes it harder to investigate or complain.

4. They don't even want your money. Ponzi schemers often feign reluctance to take an investor's money, which can defuse any suspicions. They also invoke safe-sounding words, like "bank," "securities exchange," "voucher, "guarantee," or "full faith and credit," and call their investments "trusts" or "trust units." Many foster friendships and even romantic relationships with their marks, and market their investments through the houses of worship they attend themselves.

In the end, Frankel writes, "con artists remind us of honest people. They are similar to entrepreneurs, eternally and unshakably optimistic, and they act like (and are) gifted salespeople."

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