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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.

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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!":


Roger Clemens Returns To Pro Baseball Saturday; Majors Next?

Aug 21, 2012

The Rocket is going to be pitching again Saturday night.

Roger Clemens, one of baseball's best pitchers ever, who saw his once-certain Hall of Fame credentials called into question by allegations that he used performance-enhancing drugs, has signed to play for the Sugar Land Skeeters. That's an independent professional club in Texas that plays in the Atlantic League. It is not affiliated with any Major League club.

Now 50 years old, Clemens hasn't pitched professionally since he was with the New York Yankees in 2007. In 24 seasons, he won 354 MLB games and lost 184. He won seven Cy Young awards.

Asked this morning about whether he sees this as something of a tryout for a Major League return, Clemens said, "I wouldn't even consider thinking about that far ahead," the Houston Chronicle reports. He did say of the National League's Houston Astros, though, that "if they have questions I can help with ... I'm there to help. This is my hometown." The Astros now have the worst record in Major League Baseball.

And Fox Sports reports that Astros amateur scouting director Mike Elias has recently seen Clemens throw and says "he is in condition to pitch and pitch successfully." Fox adds that if the Astros did add Clemens to the team once MLB clubs can expand their rosters in September, Houston "would gain a potential gate attraction for the final month of the season — a potential consideration for a team that entered the week with 40 losses in its past 47 games and fired manager Brad Mills on Saturday night."

Clemens could come out a winner in any Major League return as well. As the Associated Press notes, he "is set to appear on the Hall of Fame ballot going to voters late this year [and] if he plays in another Major League game, his Hall consideration would be pushed back five years."

That might be enough time for Hall voters to have forgiven his alleged sins. Getting elected now, given the questions surrounding Clemens, is seen as a long shot at best.

Clemens has always denied using performance enhancing drugs. He was named in the "Mitchell Report," though, as among players who had. But in June, Clemens was found not guilty of lying to Congress about his alleged actions.

He has left Major League baseball four times before, returning three times (so far) after short stays away. Clemens has a history with Houston, having pitched with the Astros for all or part of three seasons.

With the Skeeters, by the way, he'll be playing beside a mix of mostly former minor leaguers — and a few ex-Major Leaguers such as one-time American League rookie of the year Scott Kazmir, also a pitcher.

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