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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!":

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History Says Debate Moments Matter

Oct 3, 2012
Originally published on October 3, 2012 4:54 pm

As President Obama and Mitt Romney enter tonight's debate, here are a few lessons, compliments of others who have taken to the podium:

Laugh At Yourself

The second 1984 presidential debate showcased President Ronald Reagan's ability to gently poke fun at his critics and himself. Asked if his age, then 73, could prevent him from fulfilling the duties of his office, Reagan joked: "I will not make age an issue of this campaign. I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent's youth and inexperience." Even Democratic challenger Walter Mondale, 55, laughed.

Sen. John McCain got a big laugh in the Republican primary debate in 2007 with a joke about Woodstock — while still managing to score points with a reference to his military service and time as a prisoner of war. "I'm sure it was a cultural and pharmaceutical event. I was tied up at the time," he said.

Do Your Homework

In 1976, in the midst of the Cold War, President Gerald Ford visibly baffled debate moderator Max Frankel — and many Americans — with his insistence that "there is no Soviet domination of Eastern Europe."

Don't Invite Unflattering Comparisons

Debate preparation can be like scouting an opposing team before a football game. That's just what Democrat Lloyd Bentsen did when he faced off against Republican Dan Quayle in the 1988 vice presidential debate.

Quayle, then 41, had been drawing comparisons to John F. Kennedy on the campaign trail. When Quayle brought up the comparison during the debate, Bentsen was ready with his classic and biting "you're no Jack Kennedy" monologue.

Say 'No' To Loaded Questions

During this year's Republican primary debates, Newt Gingrich showed on several occasions the value of angrily denouncing questioner and question. It's a lesson 1988 Democratic nominee Michael Dukakis would have been well advised to attempt when faced with the hypothetical question about whether he would change his opposition to the death penalty if his wife was raped and murdered. Some viewers saw the personal nature of the question as unfair; others took Dukakis' matter-of-fact response as emotionally callous.

Stick To Talking Points

In 1980, Ronald Reagan used his well-known debate one-liner, "There you go again," against President Jimmy Carter.

And then, four years later, he used it again, against Walter Mondale.

Remember, You're On TV

In 1992, while an attendee of a town hall debate asked about a stagnating economy, President George H.W. Bush checked his watch — a small gesture that critics said made him appear indifferent to the question.

In 2004, Democrats used President George W. Bush's "scowls" during his debates with John Kerry as a supposed example of his rudeness in this post-debate ad.

Be ... Likable

During the 2008 Democratic primary debates, Barack Obama sort of complimented Hillary Clinton with the line, "You're likable enough, Hillary," which some saw as a cheap shot.

It was reminiscent of 1984, when, at the vice presidential debate, incumbent George H.W. Bush seemed to be talking down to Geraldine Ferraro, the first woman on a major party ticket.

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