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.

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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.


What ever happend to the TED spread?

Jul 9, 2012
Originally published on July 9, 2012 1:32 pm

Over the last week or so, we've been watching the scandal over manipulation of LIBOR, perhaps the single most important global interest rate: See Robert Smith's piece on Morning Edition, and Tuesday's podcast. Today the spotlight turns to a call made to Barclays by a British central-bank official.

The coverage led one commenter on our Facebook page to ask what it all meant for another number that was once common in financial chit-chat: the "TED spread," which was watched closely during the financial crisis (including here at Planet Money). It was a handy way of gauging how risky the banking system was.

It's a good question, so we asked around.

First, a quick refresher on the TED spread itself: It boils down to the difference between what the U.S. government has to pay to borrow over the short term, and what banks have to pay to borrow from each other. The bigger the gap between the two (the spread), the more worried banks are about one another's health: Banks have to pay more to borrow when lenders are nervous. Government borrowing costs are measured using three-month U.S. Treasuries. Bank borrowing costs are measured using — yup, you guessed it — LIBOR.

But wait! People now have good reason to suspect that banks have been trying to manipulate LIBOR. That means the gap may actually have been wider than it seemed during the financial crisis — in other words, things things were probably worse than we thought. It also means the TED spread is probably a less reliable measure of bank health.

Complicating things still more, uncertainty in Europe means U.S. bonds are in high demand. That skews the government-borrowing end of the calculation as well. Put the two together, and "the TED Spread may be going the way of cat entrails," says Dan Alpert, a managing partner at boutique investment bank Westwood Capital and occasional economic commentator.

So investors and analysts are left with a real problem: how to measure the day-to-day riskiness of the banking system. One banking analyst I talked with says some people are using a complex kind of investment called an overnight indexed swap, which is based on the Federal Reserve's Federal Fund Rate — and then comparing that to LIBOR. Not much help when LIBOR itself is suspect, but as the analyst said to me, "Do you have a better alternative?"

Chalk up one more way the LIBOR scandal is causing problems.

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