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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!":


Obama: Congressman's Rape Remarks 'Don't Make Sense,' Were 'Way Out There'

Aug 20, 2012
Originally published on August 20, 2012 9:20 pm

Saying that the comments "don't make sense to the American people" and were "way out there," President Obama just weighed in on the controversial remarks made over the weekend by Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., who said in a television interview that "if it's a legitimate rape," it's rare for a woman to get pregnant and therefore want an abortion.

Akin, a candidate for one of Missouri's Senate seats, set off a furor with his comments, which critics took as implying that some women make false claims about rape to justify abortions. Akin later said they were "off-the-cuff" comments and do not "reflect the deep empathy I hold for the thousands of women who are raped and abused every year."

Obama said Akin's remarks show why it's wrong to have "a bunch of politicians, most of whom are men," trying to tell women what to do when it comes to health care decisions.

Obama made his comments this hour in the White House briefing room, where he's made a surprise appearance and is taking questions from reporters.

Akin, meanwhile, has said he is not dropping out of the Senate race even though some in the GOP have said he should.

Update at 1:50 p.m. ET. Before He Leaves, A Warning To Syria:

The president just took his last question, about Syria. In addressing the issue of a military response to the Assad regime's crackdown there, he said that "the red line for us" would be the use of chemical or biological weapons. The regime, said Obama, would suffer "enormous consequences. ... That would change my calculations significantly."

Update at 9:11 p.m. ET. More Reaction To Akin's Remarks:

Sen. Claire McCaskill, Akin's Democratic rival in the race, appeared to defend the Republican's right to run for Senate.

As Adam Allington on St. Louis Public Radio reports, McCaskill said the idea Akin will be forced to step down by GOP insiders is a slap in the face of Missouri voters.

"I think what's startling to me is that these party bigwigs are coming down on him and saying that he needs to kick sand in the face of the Republican primary voters," she said.

Here's more from Adam:

Political observers claim McCaskill wants Todd Akin as an opponent, because he would be easier to brand as "too extreme for Missouri."

McCaskill says she disagrees with his comments, but believes them to be an accurate reflection of candidate Akin and the qualities that Republican voters chose when they selected him in a crowded primary.

"This is a man who is sincere," said McCaskill, "I honestly do have sympathy for him, because I think there are some big people in the party that are trying to pull the rug out from underneath Missouri voters—he won his race fair and square."

McCaskill's seat is considered by many to be the GOP's only chance at recapturing a majority in the Senate.

Akin has until Tuesday to withdraw from the race; election laws in the state allow a candidate to withdraw 11 weeks prior to the Nov. 6 election.

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