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!":

Donald Trump wrapped up his public tryout of potential vice presidential candidates in Indiana Tuesday night with Gov. Mike Pence giving the final audition.

The Indiana governor's stock as Trump's possible running mate is believed to be on the rise, with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich also atop the list. Sources tell NPR the presumptive GOP presidential nominee is close to making a decision, which he's widely expected to announce by Friday.


Two Fractious Sisters, Reunited But Still At Odds

Jul 12, 2012

The Mira Sorvino who won an Oscar for her full-bodied twist on the hooker-with-a-heart-of-gold type in Woody Allen's Mighty Aphrodite resurfaces in Union Square, a micro-budget indie that calls for a similar brand of New York brassiness.

Sorvino stars as Lucy, a bipolar train wreck whose behavior is as conspicuous as the clack of her fur-lined high-heel boots, but whose awareness of others is virtually nil. When she's first seen stumbling around Manhattan with a half-dozen shopping bags on her arms, barking belligerently into a cellphone, passersby could be forgiven for tossing the crazy woman a quarter.

Co-written and directed by Nancy Savoca, the once-ascendant indie filmmaker responsible for tart comedy-dramas like Dogfight and Household Saints, Union Square takes baby steps toward a comeback after a near decade-long absence. It's more or less a filmed play, set mainly in a loft apartment on Broadway and concerning the relationship between estranged sisters whose neuroses clash like stripes and plaid. The source of their anguish is too neatly defined, but Savoca's ear for dialogue and a pair of electric lead performances give this souped-up one-act some life.

"We gotta forget everything that happened," says Sorvino's Lucy as she drops by her sister Jenny's place unannounced. The "everything" part is revealed slowly, but the two haven't seen or heard from each other in three years — and starting with a clean slate isn't quite as easy as saying, "Presto!"

Played by Tammy Blanchard, Jenny is every bit Lucy's opposite, a prim, repressed wallflower who lives with her fiance, Bill (Mike Doyle), the upper-middle-class owner of an organic foods line. She's the "normal" one — but Jenny has fled so far from her working-class Italian roots that she's thrown herself into yoga and vegetarian cooking and has Bill believing she's from Maine. She doesn't want to be herself, so she might as well act like the person she thinks her future husband wants her to be.

Set in the days leading up to Thanksgiving, Union Square gets a lot of comic mileage out of Sorvino's carnivorous scenery-chewing and Blanchard's aghast reaction shots — the verbal equivalent of one witnessing the other juggle her priceless vases. Lucy smokes and drinks, tells crude jokes, lets her dog sleep on the expensive furniture and snorts helplessly at her sister's natural-food obsession. "That's delicious," she says of Jenny's curry tofu. "The smell doesn't prepare you for the taste."

When the emotional fireworks start popping, however, this sibling relationship turns to an unfortunate glop of sentimentality and pop psychology. Lucy and Jenny may be different strains of crazy, but Savoca and her co-writer, Mary Tobler, draw too clean a line between the sisters and their late mother, who unlocks the film's mysteries like a skeleton key.

There's too much tortured history between Lucy and Jenny to wrap up so swiftly — as if two such wayward souls could ever find peace, together or apart. Then again, Union Square feels like 80 minutes of Savoca dusting off the cobwebs, so it makes sense that she'd extend her characters the same generosity.

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