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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.

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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!":


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The latest U.S. drought map shows conditions continue to worsen in the Plains states that are key producers of corn and soybean crops.

More than 78 percent of the U.S. is in drought and it's considered extreme or exceptional in nearly a quarter of the country.  The U.N. Food Agency says the U.S. drought caused global food prices to rise six percent last month.

Gas Prices

The average price of gasoline is now higher than it was a year ago for the first time since late April. The national average for retail gasoline is $3.66. per gallon today, a penny higher than it was on this date in 2011.  Triple A- Alabama reports the statewide average for regular fuel is almost $ 3.46 per gallon, 31 cents higher than a month ago.  Analysts expect gas prices to continue to rise through Labor Day because of refinery and pipeline issues that have affected supplies.

Eight Candidates

The State Board of Education has picked eight people, including some with Alabama ties, to interview for chancellor of Alabama's two-year college system.  The list includes John Schmidt, senior vice chancellor of advancement at Troy University; Bruce Murphy, vice president for academic affairs at Air University at Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base;  Mark Heinrich, president of Shelton State Community College; and Kandis Steele, director of academic programs for Alabama's postsecondary program. 

Renaming Stores

An Alabama-based grocery chain is renaming its stores.  The new owner of Southern Family Markets plans to convert all its locations to the Belle Foods banner.  Belle Foods purchased the Birmingham-based company earlier this year, acquiring stores that operate under banners including Bruno's, Food World and Piggly Wiggly.

AG Strange

Alabama's Attorney General fielded questions on various issues Wednesday in a question and answer session with reporters.  Luther Strange said last month's raid at Center Stage near Dothan should served as a warning others about illegal gambling machines.  Strange also said a federal appeals court in Atlanta has not yet ruled on Alabama's Immigration law. 

More Storms

U.S. Forecasters are raising their estimate of potential storms in the remainder of the Atlantic hurricane season.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says wind patterns and warmer-than-normal sea temperatures mean chances for storms are higher and as many as 17 tropical storms and five to eight hurricanes could form before the season ends.