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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!":


The Next Act For Newt Gingrich? It Could Be A TV Talk Show

Aug 10, 2012
Originally published on August 10, 2012 5:55 pm

After serving as speaker of the House, publishing several historical novels and running for president, what's next for Newt Gingrich?

One possible third act, Gingrich told NPR staffers on Friday, could be sharing a television studio with his wife, Callista.

"We're kind of intrigued with the idea of doing a daily show, which would change our lives pretty dramatically," Gingrich said. "But if we do it, we want it to be closer to Regis and Kathie Lee than to Bill O'Reilly or Hardball."

The former GOP presidential candidate, keenly aware of popularity ratings, said he and Callista are working with professionals to decide if a show would be a hit or "an irrelevancy, sort of like home movies."

Until then, however, Gingrich has another role in the 2012 campaign cycle: speaking in support of his former rival, Mitt Romney. During the GOP primaries, Gingrich had tough words for Romney. He says now, however, it's all about beating President Obama in November.

"It's a comparative business," he said. "I think I would have been a better president than Mitt Romney. I think Mitt Romney will be a much better president than Barack Obama."

Gingrich weighed in on the debate over Romney's tax returns, saying Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is being "dishonest." Gingrich said Reid's claim — that Romney hasn't paid any taxes for 10 years — is one way Democrats are trying to discredit Romney and push the conversation away from the economy.

"They have to create a Romney who is utterly, totally unacceptable or they're going to lose," Gingrich said. "You can't carry the worst economic record since the Great Depression and be the most radical president in American history and think you're going to put those two things together into a victory unless your opponent is just wiped out."

Recent polls show that President Obama is increasing his lead over Romney in several key battleground states, and he has a higher favorability rating as well.

Despite losing the GOP race to Romney, Gingrich continues to make news on his own. Earlier this month, he defended Rep. Michele Bachmann's statement that Huma Abedin, assistant to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, should be investigated for possible ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.

"It is a mistake to deny the requirement that we understand radical Islamists and that we understand how the Muslim Brotherhood operates and that we understand how certain decisions are made," said Gingrich, who added that the media lacks an "appetite" to "have an honest conversation about radical Islamists."

"I'm not picking a fight about a particular person, but I must say everybody who's rushing to her defense doesn't know anything either," Gingrich said, referring to Abedin.

GOP Sen. John McCain is one of many politicians who have defended Clinton's longtime aide, saying the request for an investigation is an "unfounded and unwarranted attack."

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