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.

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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.

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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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Killer Whale's Message To SeaWorld Captured On Video

Aug 2, 2012
Originally published on August 2, 2012 4:18 pm

On July 24, video of a 5,000-pound killer whale nearly drowning her trainer came to public light via the FOIA (Freedom of Information Act). The 15-minute clip filmed at SeaWorld-San Diego in 2006 shows killer whale Kasatka dragging her trainer Ken Peters to the bottom of the show tank, then taking him back up to the surface, and back down for a lengthier period.

The images of Peters' gasping for breath when he breaks the surface, and his incredible calm as tries to quiet Kasatka are ones I won't easily forget. For the full impact, watch the entire clip; some sense of the ordeal can be gained from three excerpts, at minutes 1:50-2:50, 6-7 and 9-10.

Peters recovered from the incident. Trainer Dawn Brancheau was far less fortunate. Brancheau was killed in 2010 at SeaWorld-Orlando by another killer whale, a 12,000 pound male called Tilikum. Both Kasatka and Tilikum had been aggressive to trainers even before the 2006 and 2010 incidents.

On Monday, SeaWorld in Orlando, San Diego and San Antonio took steps, the first since Brancheau's death, toward allowing their trainers back in the water again with killer whales. SeaWorld says its "water desensitization process" will help with the veterinary care of the killer whales, and also with trainer safety should a human accidentally fall into the water.

Thanks to investigative journalist David Kirby, we are now equipped to consider this decision in context. Kirby has just published his book Death at SeaWorld, which I am reading this week. It's packed with facts about killer whales (also called orcas, they are, in fact, dolphins) and the stress caused by keeping them in captivity and asking them to perform for humans.

But I want to focus on Kirby's recapping and analysis of the events captured in the Kasatka video that I've posted here; only via his book chapter 29 ("Ken and Kasatka") can we really understand what we are seeing.

Just before the show that put Peters in the tank with Kasatka, other trainers saw something notable in Kasatka's behavior. At that point she and her newest calf, Kalia, not yet two-years old, were swimming in the same backstage pool. Kalia was acting up and her mother responded with head bobs and vocalizations. One trainer described her as acting like an "angry mom"; another mentioned Kasatka's vocal responses to Peters before the show. It wasn't a warning, Kirby says, only a point of information. For some reason, Peters didn't hear it.

Peters got into the water with Kasatka, and was waiting for the killer whale to make a certain move in their routine.

"Suddenly," Kirby writes, "he heard a killer whale vocalizing loudly. Peters described it as a distress vocalization or cry. He later learned the wailing was Kalia's screeching for her mother from the other pool. Kasatka instantly pulled her rostrum away from Peters's feet. Then she grabbed his ankles, pulling him underwater for several seconds. When he surfaced, she grabbed him again." (The description of those agonizing minutes for Peters continues from there.)

In over 400 dense pages, Kirby explores the four deaths caused by killer whales at SeaWorld, and recent legal challenges to SeaWorld regarding its treatment of these animals. But the Kasatka–Peters incident became for me an emotional touchstone for the larger issues.

Remarkably intelligent creatures, killer whales in the wild show no aggression to humans and exhibit their own culture and complex communication.

In a stressful captive situation, a killer whale separated from her daughter during a performance sent a message across species lines. Now that humans are, in some form, going back in the SeaWorld tanks alongside killer whales, we can only wait anxiously to see what these animals' next messages may be.

You can keep up with more of what Barbara is thinking on Twitter: @bjkingape

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