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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


'Sister': Children Living On The Fringe Of Society

Oct 4, 2012

The Swiss canton of Vallais isn't exactly South Central, but it does have a crime problem: His name is Simon, and he seems to have found the perfect racket. Sister's 12-year-old protagonist (Kacey Mottet Klein) steals skis, gear and clothing at an upscale mountain resort that's just a short tram ride above his bleak flatland apartment.

Not only is the ski lodge convenient, but it's frequented by people who are too rich to sweat the loss of their stuff. ("They'll just buy a new one," Simon explains to one of the townies who buy his purloined goods.)

Also, the resort is a place where obscuring one's identity isn't considered suspicious; everybody's wearing helmets, masks and balaclavas.

There are risks, of course, especially after Simon is identified as a thief by another larcenous resort regular — Mike, a Scottish kitchen worker. (He's played winningly by Martin Compston, who in Ken Loach's Sweet Sixteen portrayed a teenage drug dealer every bit as driven as Simon.)

Mike turns out to be a laid-back type, unlike the young woman Simon calls his sister. Louise is uptight, irresponsible and unreliable; she's prone to quitting jobs, drinking too much and running off with men she'll soon be running away from. (She's played persuasively by Lea Seydoux, offering more evidence of her versatility after roles as an 18th-century servant in Farewell My Queen and a contemporary assassin in Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol.)

It's no wonder Simon has to serve as the family's bread-stealer. Or that he's anxious to make the acquaintance of an upscale British mom (Gillian Anderson) whose friendliness gives the boy the brief sensation of being mothered. Poignantly, he tries to buy her attention by paying for lunch.

The second feature by director and co-writer Ursula Meier, who grew up in a nearby region of France, Sister is more naturalistic than her feature film debut, Home. But it explores similar themes, including eccentric family dynamics and life on the margins of European society. Simon and Louise embody poverty and unhappiness in the midst of affluence and contentment.

Although Louise eventually becomes more central to the story, the focus remains on the character played by Klein (who also had a role in Home). In fact, Louise isn't mentioned in the film's original title, L'Enfant d'en haut — "the child from on high."

Sister's first half is less eventful and yet stronger. The early scenes, which sketch out Simon's character and technique, are terse but engrossing, with occasional flashes of humor. Klein portrays Simon as intensely restless, illustrating the young thief's instinct to keep moving and never get pinned in one place. Later, the script turns a little melodramatic, although Meier's tone remains clinical.

The movie was expertly photographed with handheld camera by Agnes Godard, who shot Home and many of Claire Denis' films. The crisp editing is by Nelly Quettier, another frequent Denis collaborator.

The minimalist synth-and-guitar score was composed and played by John Parish; the voice of his frequent musical partner, P.J. Harvey, enters for the end-credits song.

By then, the snow has melted, and Simon's season on high is over. Sister offers several reasons why the boy can't or won't return to ski-resort robbery next winter. But the movie also quietly suggests that, whatever he does, Simon will always be the boy from down below, boldly impersonating someone born to the heights.

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