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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!":


Pop Culture Happy Hour: On Fall TV And Whether Criticism Is Too Nice

Aug 10, 2012

This week, I managed to return from press tour, but we are still without Trey Graham. Fortunately, that means that the lovely Barrie Hardymon joined us for this episode, which kicks off with me fully (and exhaustively — sorry!) debriefing the team about fall television as I experienced it out in Los Angeles. (Here's the Timothy Egan book I could not remember the name of, which is related to the Ken Burns documentary.) What actually looks interesting? What looks awful? What would I encourage you to avoid even if it means unplugging yourself from the grid? (Note that some of these, I've seen full pilots, and some of them, I mostly saw the panel discussion and a bunch of clips, so stay tuned for more complete information.)

After that, we consider Jacob Silverman's Slate essay, "Against Enthusiasm." In it, Silverman argues that book criticism has become too "nice," and that the culture of authors and readers communicating on social media has made everything entirely too cozy. Suffice it to say we have some differences of opinion with Silverman, although there's certainly something to be said for guarding against too much chumminess when your professional reputation might be at stake.

Of course, as always, we close the show with what's making us happy this week. I'm terribly happy about having read a book Barrie had already recommended. Glen is happy about Mars interrupting the Olympics at three in the morning — "the Poindexters over the Heathers and the Chads," and the meme it birthed. Barrie is happy about something related both to that and to her lovely child. (And here's the documentary I was thinking of, which is PBS and not Discovery — sorry, PBS!) Stephen is happy about an album reissue for which he wrote some liner notes.

So find us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter: me, Stephen, Glen, Barrie, producer Jess Gitner, producer emeritus Mike, and absent panelist Trey.

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