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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!":


Join The Education Conversation With Tell Me More

Sep 26, 2012



And now, we have this programming note for you. On Wednesday, October 10th, NPR's TELL ME MORE will host a live radio broadcast and Twitter Education Forum focusing on issues facing our nation's schools. And leading up to the forum, we've invited educators, parents, reporters and everybody else to join in via Twitter and take on tough issues. Here's one of them.

NANCY EVANS: Hello. My name is Nancy Evans and I'm a parent, educator and sometimes frustrated scientist. I've been following the education conversation at hash tag #NPREdChat. My question on Twitter was, why are we still struggling to get African-Americans and Latinos to major in the STEM disciplines?

HEADLEE: That's a tweet from educator Nancy Evans. Feel free to engage with her and others who are also talking about technology in the classroom and some other pressing challenges facing our nation's schools. Join us on Twitter today using hash tag #NPREdChat and let's begin the exchange of ideas. To learn more, go to, click on the Program guide and go to TELL ME MORE.


HEADLEE: Just ahead, we step into the waiting room of Oakland's Highland General Hospital, where uninsured patients with chronic illnesses sit alongside victims of crime and violence.

PETER NICKS: We are bringing the audience in and allowing them that seat next to the person in the waiting room and have that conversation and, you know, hopefully, that can move the ball forward toward building more empathy.

HEADLEE: Emmy Award-winning director Peter Nicks talks about his documentary, "The Waiting Room." That's in just a few minutes on TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Celeste Headlee.


HEADLEE: Chicago rapper Lupe Fiasco has had his share of commercial success, but the foundation of his new album is all about going back to the roots of hip-hop.

LUPE FIASCO: More of the focus is put on just the depth of the content, you know, just kind of the art of rap.

HEADLEE: Lupe Fiasco talks about his new album, "Food and Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Part One," next time on TELL ME MORE.

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