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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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Anniston police say a missing five-year-old boy has been located in another state. 

Authorities haven't released details on how they found Michiri Dabney.  But they said the boy is safe.  Police issued a nationwide Amber Alert for the boy late Sunday afternoon after his mother called to say the boy had been kidnapped from their neighborhood.

Weekend Shooting

A shooting on Carmichael Road early Sunday morning left a 20-year-old man dead.  Police said the victim's brother was among three men charged in the slaying.  Officers found Devontay Patterson suffering from multiple gunshot wounds Sunday just after 3 a.m. on Carmichael Road, he died a short time later at Jackson Hospital.  Montgomery police charged three males with felony murder, including 24-year-old Tremaine Jackson, the victim's brother, 20-year-old Ian Dunklin and 24-year old Jerome Hayes.  The three are being held at the Montgomery County Jail under a$75,000 dollar bond. 

Motorcycle Deaths

Two motorcycle riders were killed in separate crashes on Sunday.  Montgomery police said the first collision occurred Sunday morning in the 4000 block of Troy Highway involving a motorcycle rider and a car.  Police said the motorcyclist, 24-year-old Joel Saunders of Montgomery was killed.  The second traffic fatality involving a motorcycle rider occurred Sunday just before 11 a.m. at the intersection on West Fairview Avenue and Hill Street.  Montgomery police said 47-year-old Joseph Thomas Jr.  of Montgomery died when the motorcycle he was riding collided with a car. 

Impounding Vehicles

A proposed ordinance could allow Montgomery police officers to impound a vehicle if the driver has a suspended, revoked, expired or no driver's license.  The proposed city law awaits consideration by the Montgomery City Council.  Councilman Glenn Pruitt is the sponsor, he  says the driver or owner would have to pay a $200 dollar administrative fee, $75 dollars to have the vehicle towed and a $25 dollar-per-day fee to store the care at the impound lot. 

Still Waiting

More than five years have passed since a grand jury indicted former Secretary of State Nancy Worley, and she's still waiting to find out when she will be tried and on what charges.  The Democrat could face simple misdemeanor charges or more serious felony charges over campaign material she sent five of her employees in 2006. 

Gas Prices

Drivers are seeing the price at the pump climb again.  The Triple A Auto Club reports the average price of a gallon of gasoline has increased 18 cents over the past two weeks.  Triple A puts the average price for regular at $3.69 today, the statewide average price for regular is now $3.47 a gallon. 

Montgomery Memorial

The victims slain by a gunman in a Wisconsin temple were honored during a memorial in Montgomery.  The Civil Rights Memorial Center joined churches and other organizations Sunday evening to mark the attack that killed six people at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.  The gunman, Wade Michael Page, took his own life after shooting at police responding to the scene.