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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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Aug 21, 2012

A federal appeals court has ruled that part of Alabama's tough immigration law that ordered public schools to check the citizenship status of new students is unconstitutional. 

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that the provision wrongly singles out children who are in the country illegally.  Alabama was the only state that passed such a requirement.  The court separately says Alabama police can continue checking immigration documents for people they stop.

Forrest Petition

More than 13,000 people have signed a petition calling for the Selma City Council to permanently remove a monument to Confederate general and founding leader of the Ku Klux Klan, Nathan Bedford Forrest from the Live Oak cemetery.  The monument to Forrest was damaged in March and the "Friends of Forrest" group wants to build a larger monument in the same location. 

iPad Training

The Montgomery Election Center is going high tech this election cycle.  For the first time poll workers will use iPads to access general voter registration information more effectively.  Elections Center Director, Justin Aday said 60 iPads have been purchased to be used throughout the 46 polling places in Montgomery County. 

Roby Visits

GOP Congresswoman Martha Roby was the guest speaker at civic organizations in Millbrook and Wetumpka today.  The first-term lawmaker has been touring the 3rd Congressional District while Congress is adjourned for the August recess. 

Justice Department

The Justice Department is establishing a civil rights unit based in Birmingham.  The head of the agency's civil rights division, Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez, is  in Birmingham today to announce the formation of the unit.  It will concentrate on both civil lawsuits and criminal enforcement of federal civil rights laws.

Opt-out Bill

A pair of state legislators say they will introduce a bill in the next regular session that allows local school boards to set start and stop dates for the school year in their systems.  Republican Senator Bill Holtzclaw of Madison says a law passed this year that mandated when schools had to start and end the school year is intrusive.  The law was intended to extend the tourism season in Alabama and boost tax collections.  Republican Representative Paul DeMarco of Homewood is sponsoring the opt-out bill in the Alabama House.