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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!":


TIFF '12: 'Children Of Sarajevo' Spotlights A Sister And Brother Hanging On

Sep 7, 2012
Originally published on September 7, 2012 6:32 pm

Rarely will you see a film that spends as much time looking at the back of its lead's head as Children Of Sarajevo, which won a special award from the jury at Cannes earlier this year.

Written and directed by the Sarajevo-born Aida Bejic, it tells the story of Rahima (Marija Pikic), who's assumed guardianship of her teenage brother, Nedim, after the deaths of their parents. She works as a cook in a restaurant and spends most of the rest of her time trying to keep Nedim from getting into trouble. She's also a Muslim who's recently started wearing a headscarf, which puzzles some of her friends and has, Nedim insists, increased the number of people at school who pick on him.

But back to looking at the back of Rahima's head. Bejic is particularly fond of very long takes and tracking shots, whether she's following Rahima through the kitchen at work or following her on a walk through her neighborhood. And when Bejic as a director follows, she really follows — the handheld camera is on the back of Rahima's head, giving the distinct impression that she's constantly being pursued — which is about right, given the dire nature of some of what she's facing.

At its heart, this is a relatively simple story of a sister trying to keep her family together. But it's also a fine opportunity to be reminded that directors have a lot of options when they compose shots, and the fact that they don't usually shoot a certain way doesn't mean they can't. It's very unusual to watch an actress so intently from behind as she takes a purposeful stroll, but the technique works well here to create the tension and worry that comes from seeing a lead character constantly moving away from the camera.

Part of the story here is that Rahima doesn't have as much help as she needs, really; raised during a war, she's up against everything trying to corrupt her brother, a system that would be just as happy to cart him off to an orphanage and a boss who's too much of a jerk to even give her the slip that shows how much money she makes so she can prove she's fit to keep Nedim with her.

There's such remarkable tension within this character that when, fairly late in the film, she takes her headscarf off and you see her shake out her hair for the first time, it feels revelatory — not because wearing her hair down is better than the scarf by any means, but because it's a figurative exhalation of breath that she hasn't taken until that very moment.

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