A police officer is free on bond after being arrested following a rash of road-sign thefts in southeast Alabama.  Brantley Police Chief Titus Averett says officer Jeremy Ray Walker of Glenwood is on paid leave following his arrest in Pike County.  The 30-year-old Walker is charged with receiving stolen property.  Lt. Troy Johnson of the Pike County Sheriff's Office says an investigation began after someone reported that Walker was selling road signs from Crenshaw County.  Investigators contacted the county engineer and learned signs had been reported stolen from several roads.

NPR Politics presents the Lunchbox List: our favorite campaign news and stories curated from NPR and around the Web in digestible bites (100 words or less!). Look for it every weekday afternoon from now until the conventions.

Convention Countdown

The Republican National Convention is in 4 days in Cleveland.

The Democratic National Convention is in 11 days in Philadelphia.

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.

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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.

Pages

Romney Campaigns In Florida, Obama In California

Oct 8, 2012
Originally published on October 8, 2012 4:35 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

Mitt Romney's campaign spent almost the whole month of September in freefall. Almost nothing he did seemed right and almost everything was criticized, at least in part because he was trailing in the polls. That's a perception that feeds on itself. Then came last week's presidential debate, and surveys over this past weekend show the race much tighter. Now we watch to see what happens next.

President Obama was in Los Angeles yesterday for a series of fundraisers, including a gala concert with Stevie Wonder and Katy Perry. Mitt Romney spent the weekend in Florida, talking to voters in what is arguably the nation's most important battleground state.

From Miami, NPR's Greg Allen reports.

GREG ALLEN, BYLINE: From St. Petersburg on the Gulf Coast to Port St. Lucie on the Atlantic Coast, Romney had a message for Floridians.

(SOUNDBITE OF SPEECH)

MITT ROMNEY: We're going to win Florida. We're going to take back the White House.

ALLEN: In Port St. Lucie yesterday, some 12,000 people turned out to hear Governor Romney, his wife Ann and Congressman Allen West, a Tea Party firebrand who's engaged in his own tight race for re-election. The Republican nominee was still clearly energized by his performance in last week's debate with President Obama.

(SOUNDBITE OF SPEECH)

ROMNEY: You all had the chance to hear his answers, or his non-answers. Now, of course, days later, we're hearing his excuses. And next January, we'll be watching him leave the White House for the last time.

ALLEN: The debate also appears to have given Mr. Romney a boost among voters. Tracking polls show the race has tightened in recent days.

In his stump speech, Governor Romney talks to voters about how he believes President Obama has failed, and about his own five-point plan for restarting the economy. And in recent days, he's also worked to present a more personal side to voters. At every stop in Florida this weekend, he talked about his optimism and belief in the American spirit, giving examples from his personal experience with friends facing tragedies.

He talked about a 14-year-old boy with terminal leukemia he helped counsel as a lay Mormon minister in Massachusetts. He also talked about a friend from graduate school, Billy Hulse, who was paralyzed in an accident, but came to see Romney recently at a campaign rally.

(SOUNDBITE OF SPEECH)

ROMNEY: So I put my hand on his shoulder and I reached over and I said: Billy, I love you, and God bless you. It was a great occasion to say hi to my good friend. And he passed away the next day.

UNIDENTIFIED GROUP: Aww.

ROMNEY: And I thought what a blessing it was for me to see him on that last day and acknowledge to him my respect for him.

ALLEN: Florida is considered a must-win state for Governor Romney, so every day he can spend here is crucial. In Port St. Lucie, he also previewed a foreign policy speech he'll give later today at the Virginia Military Institute. And he talked about a conversation he had earlier this year with former Polish leader Lech Walesa.

(SOUNDBITE OF SPEECH)

ROMNEY: I sat down, and he said this: Where's American leadership? The world needs American leadership. America is the only superpower on the planet. We need America to lead. And then he spoke about various places in the world, and after each description of one place or another, he would reiterate: Where's American leadership?

ALLEN: While Mitt Romney was working to secure votes in Florida, President Obama was in California working on something else important to campaigns: fundraising.

(SOUNDBITE OF SPEECH)

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: I am so grateful to George Clooney. Give it up for George.

ALLEN: The President attended three high-dollar events in Los Angeles yesterday, including one featuring Clooney and singer Katy Perry.

After his own performance at last week's debate, one criticized even by many Democrats, Mr. Obama ended the week with some positive economic news, as he reminded his supporters.

(SOUNDBITE OF SPEECH)

OBAMA: After the worst economic crisis of our lifetimes, our businesses have now created more than five million jobs. On Friday, we found out the unemployment rate has fallen from the height of 10 percent down to 7.8 percent, the lowest since I took office.

ALLEN: After last night's concert, President Obama was upbeat enough that he poked a little fun at his showing in last week's debate.

(SOUNDBITE OF SPEECH)

OBAMA: These guys and everybody here, incredible professionals. They're such great friends, and they just perform flawlessly night after night. I can't always say the same.

ALLEN: Over the weekend, the Obama campaign reported more good news for the president: It raised $181 million in September, its largest total this year.

Greg Allen, NPR News, Miami. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.