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

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 Singular People, Taking Life Hand In Hand

Jul 24, 2012

The obvious way to approach South Korean director Seung-jun Yi's modest but potent documentary Planet of Snail is to think of it as a story about a disabled man making his way through the world with the help of his companion. But more simply and more accurately, it's really a movie about marriage — about the way two people can smooth over each other's cracks to achieve an imperfect yet sturdy wholeness.

Young-chan is a tall, striking fellow who can neither see nor hear, though he learned to speak at an early age, before he lost his vision and hearing. When we first see him in Planet of Snail, he's attempting to launch a kite with the help of a very small person who appears, at first glance, to be a child; this is his wife, Soon-ho, a tiny woman with an incandescent face and long, dark, lush hair. She's giving Young-chan tips on how to fly the kite, spelling out her ideas in tactile sign language, or finger-braille: Her fingertips touch the tops of his fingers lightly, as if she were typing or playing piano on the most delicate, responsive keys imaginable.

What unfolds from there is a portrait of practical symbiosis in both domestic and emotional terms. Yi — who directed a previous documentary, the 2008 Children of God, about a group of children living near a sacred crematorium in Nepal — finds quiet poetry in workaday visual language. Soon-ho prepares dinner for a group of Young-chan's friends, classmates from a school for the blind. She sets out the various dishes, small bowls of rice and fish and vegetables, and methodically guides the men's hands toward one dish or another so they'll know what's in each.

That's what she does for Young-chan, as well, when it's just the two of them eating alone. Her understanding of what Young-chan needs has become intuition, a kind of second sight to help compensate for the literal sight that he lacks.

That's an invisible quality, something that should be impossible to capture with a camera, and yet somehow Yi puts this miniature bit of lightning in a bottle: The tenderness that passes between the two is like a special sort of electricity transmitted via fingertips — it can't quite be picked up on film, and yet you can almost see its crackle. In one sequence, Soon-ho scans a web site to see if Young-chan has won an essay contest he entered. She doesn't see his name there, and the gentleness and good humor with which she breaks the news to him is unmarred by condescension. The male ego is a tricky beast, and being deaf an blind has nothing to do with it.

Soon-ho is Young-chan's chief caretaker, and the movie does address Young-chan's need to become more independent: Yi captures the muted suspense of a day that Soon-ho spends by herself after sending Young-chan off, armed with his white cane, for a day on his own.

But more often Planet of Snail evokes, in radiant detail, the mutual reliance that makes good partnerships work. Young-chan and Soon-ho put their heads together to figure out how to change the circular light bulb in their bedroom: Soon-ho is too tiny to reach it, even as she's perched on Young-chan's shoulders, and on his own Young-chan can't see the gizmo he's supposed to be replacing. But side-by-side the two figure it out.

Young-chan is an accomplished essayist and poet, and Planet of Snail is punctuated by his fine-grained but resolute observations: "All deaf-blind people have the heart of an astronaut," he says at one point, alluding to the sense of isolation that he'll never be able to fully escape. Young-chan may be floating free in space, but a fellow traveler hovers close by; the tether between them, and the world, is invisible but strong. (Recommended)

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit