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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: Manifestations Of Grief And Extra Book Material

Aug 17, 2012
Originally published on August 17, 2012 11:20 am

What's that you say? You wanted more Barrie Hardymon? Well, this week, Stephen is in Wisconsin probably eating some cheese or something, so we have Barrie back for a second consecutive week (hooray!).

Both topics this week are pretty personal: We start off talking about public remembrances and, among other things, how they've changed since the time of the single definitive newspaper obituary. Glen talked about remembering comics legend Joe Kubert, and we talked at length about remembrances of David Rakoff. (If you haven't seen the video from the live This American Life performance from this spring, please watch it.)

A discussion of the Rakoff book Don't Get Too Comfortable takes us into our second topic: epigraphs, introductions, and other bonus material that comes with books we read. Do we like them? Do we cringe at them? Self-indulgence can be warm and sweet, or it can be silly and uncomfortable — is there a line that can be crossed? And what's the extra material that Trey brings up that makes us all groan and grumble in unison? We mention Chip Kidd's TED talk, which is well worth a watch.

We then move on to What's Making Us Happy This Week, our ... well, our happiest segment. Glen is being made happy by this podcast, as well as this performance — which is the late, second-added show after the first one sold out. This one will, too, I bet. Trey is happy about this. Barrie is excited about a book — as she so often is. I am happy about taking advantage of TLC reality shows to get work done in my house. I'm also happy about something PBS will bring to you next year that you might have missed this year. And I also highly recommend that you track down this movie, currently streaming on Netflix.

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

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