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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!":


Preparing For The 2012 Paralympic Games In London

Aug 18, 2012
Originally published on August 18, 2012 3:03 pm



London is gearing up to welcome 4,000 athletes from 140 nations. Sound familiar? In this case, it's the Paralmypic Games, set to open August 29, using many of the same venues as the Olympic Games that just concluded. Medals will be given in track and field events, and judo, sailing, swimming, wheelchair basketball, fencing, rugby, and tennis. And, for the first time, the Paralympic Games will receive considerable television coverage. The NBC Sports Network will air one-hour highlights from the games on September 4th, 5th, 6th, and 11th. NBC will run a 90-minute special on September 16, all of which will be re-run on the Universal Sports Network. The BBC is running a film about the man who founded the Paralympic Games. He was Ludwig Guttman, who was a famous neurologist in Berlin who fled to London when the Nazis came to power. Great Britain gave him shelter. But it would not license German doctors to be surgeons during the war, so Dr. Guttman turned his interests into trying to devise new treatments and therapies to help wounded British soldiers who suffered spinal injuries. His daughter, Eve Loeffler, told Britain's Radio Times this week: He saw soldiers in physiotherapy throwing medicine balls around to strengthen their arms. So he started wheelchair polo, but it got too vicious because they had these little mallets. Then he realized basketball was a good sport. He also introduced archery and fencing. Ludwig Guttman organized the Stoke-Mandeville Games, named for the hospital at which he worked, to run after the 1948 Olympic Games in London. I remember him saying I dream of the time when there will be an Olympic Games for the disabled, his daughter says. That was in the 1950s. He dreamed of it, he could see it happening. And it did. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.