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.


A Neighborhood Watch Goes Alien-Hunting

Jul 26, 2012

The savings are never passed on to the consumer, but a little product placement has become standard practice for Hollywood movies — a pizza box here or a conspicuously angled soda can there, and few take notice. But product integration is another matter: If a movie has been explicitly designed to accommodate a sponsor, it's worse than just a commercial movie. It's a movie commercial.

The Watch concerns four neighborhood-watch guys from suburban Ohio who try to ward off an alien attack. But the fifth and most pivotal character is the warehouse superstore Costco, which hosts the opening and climactic effects sequences, provides employment and wealth for the leading man, and offers more solace and fun than you could possibly squeeze into your pantry.

"Everything under one roof," marvels Ben Stiller wistfully. Here the local Costco becomes a beacon of humanity, as significant to alien conquest as the White House in Independence Day. Perhaps this will be the start of a young-adult or comic-book series: "Costco Adventures."

When it's not engaged in serving its sponsor, The Watch is a second-rate Ghostbusters knockoff, which at least puts it ahead of Evolution, a third-rate Ghostbusters knockoff. Stiller dusts off his high-strung comic persona once more as Evan, a Costco manager who starts up a neighborhood-watch program after his night security guard is mysteriously killed on duty. Few people in the town respond to his call to action, and the ones who do are mostly looking for an excuse to get out of the house and enjoy some guy time.

Doing the umpteenth variation on his Swingers character, Vince Vaughn plays Bob, a reckless, fun-loving counterpoint to Evan's persistent wet blanket. Joining them are Franklin (Jonah Hill), a hyperintense and well-armed police-academy reject, and Jamarcus (Richard Ayoade), a soft-spoken but gregarious Brit given to curious non sequiturs.

The quartet suck down beers and skulk around town until they encounter a vicious alien with green slime for blood — another nod to Ghostbusters, or perhaps Nickelodeon — and catch wind of an invasion plot with their sleepy town as ground zero.

The Watch adds an awkward subplot about Evan's failure to get his wife (Rosemarie DeWitt) pregnant, but it delivers that would-be heart-rending material with markedly less conviction than Stiller and Vaughn enthusing over a 3-D television at Costco. The film mostly lives or dies on the comic chemistry between the four watchmen, which is only fitfully funny and too reliant on the actors' abilities to improvise themselves out of a corner. The script, by Jared Stern and frequent writing partners Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, follows the Ghostbusters template closely, but they don't have anyone of Bill Murray's caliber to punch up the jokes.

The one exception is Ayoade, who's the least familiar of the cast members — to most Americans, anyway — but who's the most possessed of the Murray-like talent for pinging beasties with dry wit and delicious eccentricity. He's the lone wild card in a movie that gets little spontaneity from its well-fed stars and even less from a screenplay that's slavishly committed to formula. The Watch perks up when Ayoade's spacey line readings give it something unique and unexpected — otherwise, per Costco, audiences are buying their generic sci-fi comedy in bulk.

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