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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!":


Scientists Find Massive Cluster Of Galaxies

Aug 16, 2012
Originally published on August 21, 2012 4:53 pm



Let's look to the sky now. Scientists say they have found what could be the most massive cluster of galaxies ever seen. One of the galaxies is giving birth to new stars at an astonishing rate. Here's NPR's Nell Greenfieldboyce.

NELL GREENFIELDBOYCE, BYLINE: Galaxy clusters can contain hundreds to thousands of galaxies. The official name of this cluster is a bunch of letters and numbers, but scientists just call it the Phoenix Cluster, and it's over five billion light years away. Michael McDonald is an astrophysicist at MIT. He says the Phoenix Cluster isn't just big, it's unusual in other ways too. It produces more X-rays than other known cluster, and usually the centers of galaxy clusters look old and dormant, but this one is spewing out new stars at the unmatched rate of over 700 new stars per year.

MICHAEL MCDONALD: This extreme rate of star formation was really unexpected.

GREENFIELDBOYCE: He says it's nearly five times higher than the next most prolific star producer at the center of a cluster.

MCDONALD: So it's really crushing the record.

GREENFIELDBOYCE: And he says it's way faster than our own Milky Way, which produces just one to two new stars a year. The discovery is described in the journal Nature, and it should force a rethink of how galaxies and galaxies clusters evolve. Researchers have already used 10 different telescopes to peer at the Phoenix Cluster, but they hope to also take a look with the Hubble space telescope, which should let them see exactly where in this galaxy the star formation is happening. Nell Greenfieldboyce, NPR News. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.