NPR Politics presents the Lunchbox List: our favorite campaign news and stories curated from NPR and around the Web in digestible bites (100 words or less!). Look for it every weekday afternoon from now until the conventions.

Convention Countdown

The Republican National Convention is in 4 days in Cleveland.

The Democratic National Convention is in 11 days in Philadelphia.

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!":


Worst Of West Nile Epidemic Appears To Be Over

Sep 12, 2012

The numbers for West Nile virus cases continue to rise, up 35 percent in the last week. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is confident the nation has turned the corner on its worst-ever epidemic of West Nile virus disease.

"Based on historical data, in most of the country the epidemic probably peaked around the end of August," the CDC's Lyle Petersen told reporters in a teleconference Wednesday. "We're hopeful that the worst of the outbreak is behind us."

The current tally is 2,636 cases and 118 deaths.

But those numbers don't tell the whole story. Petersen says only about 3 percent of West Nile cases get reported. A more reliable measure comes from the number of people who get the dangerous form of West Nile, so-called neuroinvasive disease. That's infection of the brain or surrounding tissue.

The number of neuroinvasive cases so far this year is 1,406 — about half the highest-ever recorded back in 2003. But because of reporting lags, Petersen is pretty sure this year's total West Nile neuroinvasive infections will match or surpass the 2,866 reported in 2003.

This gets us close to a real appreciation of West Nile's big impact on America.

The CDC figures that for every case of neuroinvasive West Nile infection, 150 to 250 other people get innocuous or mild infections.

So if 3,000 Americans get neuroinvasive West Nile infections this year — a rough guess of the eventual total — "that could translate into roughly 450,000 infections," Petersen says.

Three-quarters of people with infections don't have symptoms. The rest — about 100,000 Americans — will have suffered fever, headache, body aches, nausea and other miseries of symptomatic West Nile infection in 2012. Most likely, almost 300 will have died.

But why is this year's West Nile epidemic likely to be the worst since the virus landed on America's shores 13 years ago — probably inside a mosquito that stowed away on a plane or ship? And why was Dallas, with 40 percent of the cases, so susceptible?

The CDC is planning to investigate those questions in the months ahead. Researchers plan to look at who got infected and where they were, along with weather information, data on West Nile infection rates among the Culex mosquitoes that carry the virus, and data on populations of susceptible birds such as robins, blue jays and crows. They're also looking at the virus itself, but so far see no genetic signal that it's changed.

Clearly weather is important. Outbreaks don't occur in abnormally cold seasons, Petersen says, and they often occur during heat waves. But that's not always the case.

Between now and next spring, he and his colleagues will try to make mathematical models using all these data to see if they can explain why 2012 was such a bad year.

But Petersen warns not to expect too much. "The models we've made to date have not been very successful, simply because it's very, very complicated," he says. "It may take more years of observation to tease all this out."

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit