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.


'Gold' Offers A Winning Take On Cycling

Jul 3, 2012

You're going to be hearing a lot about Chris Cleave's gold-medal performance in his first novel since his mega-best-seller, Little Bee. That's because Gold is a heart-pounding, winning tearjerker about three elite cyclists fiercely competing through three successive Olympics — including, most topically, the one about to take place in London this summer. If Olympic medals were awarded for dramatic stories about what drives athletes to compete and succeed, Cleave would easily ascend the podium.

Gold does for sport racing what Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild did for high-risk adventure: It demystifies its allure, giving readers an inside track on a certain type of compulsive mindset. But Gold is also about time, ambition and love, three life forces continuously jockeying for supremacy.

Novels, like racing, depend on careful pacing, and Cleave calibrates his performance with the skill of a real pro, carefully ratcheting up the intensity as he finesses curves and heads into his final laps. Much of Gold takes place in Manchester, England, in April 2012 in the lead-up to the London Games. But it opens in Athens in 2004, where intense, deeply troubled Zoe Castle and more blithe, Scottish-born Jack Argall are both pedaling furiously for gold. Meanwhile, Zoe's best friend and worst rival — and Jack's generously giving, soon-to-be wife, Kate Meadows — is sidelined with a too-fragile-to-travel preemie in their Manchester home. In a saga that spans more than 13 years, Cleave circles back to 1999, when this trio, whose lives are as entangled as twisted ear bud cords, first met. They were recruited by their coach, Tom Voss, who has never fully recovered from missing out on a medal by one-tenth of a second in the 1968 Mexico Olympics.

Cleave spins a doozy of a plot, with enough drama and sentiment to sustain a soap opera. His characters are humanized by their struggle with their personal demons, including Zoe's early loss of her family, Tom's estrangement from his son, and little Star Wars-obsessed Sophie Argall's battle with childhood leukemia. "Looking after a very sick child was the Olympics of parenting," Cleave writes, and he makes us understand viscerally that this is no hyperbole.

The name Sophie, by the way, has a resonance beyond its association with wisdom: Several crucial plot points hinge on decisions regarding the child — Sophie's choices. A few of Cleave's images are similarly heavy-handed, showing the strain of effort, including a metaphor involving banking and compounded interest that he extends well past its recommended withdrawal date. But these, along with the occasional sense that he's baldly milking our sympathy, are minor gripes in a novel so skillfully fueled by adrenaline and compassion.

Time, ever crucial in a sport where years of brutal training boils down to a two-minute sprint and seconds are fractured into thousandths, is a recurrent theme. With a resting heart rate of just 52 beats per minute, Kate is "fitter than time." When Jack spares her some anxiety-invoking news before a crucial race, he's pleased that "he had given her something rarer than gold: an hour outside time." Strategizing his athletes' battles against the clock, Coach Tom observes, "If you could work out which kids were racing away from their past and which were racing towards their future, then you unlocked a lot of power."

With Gold, Cleave unleashes megawatts of power in yet another triumphant dash toward literary success.

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