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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!":


WVAS Local News

Aug 28, 2012

All eyes, especially in states bordering the Gulf of Mexico, are on Isaac today.

The large weather disturbance remains a tropical storm, but could become a hurricane by the end of the day.  Isaac is moving toward Louisiana, possibly the New Orleans area.  Low lying areas closest to the Gulf remain under a mandatory evacuation order.  But Governor Bentley allowed some residents in Baldwin and Mobile Counties to remain after the storm forecast changed. 

No Change

Montgomery County Public School officials say all schools will be open and buses will follow their normal schedule.  According to MPS spokesman Tom Salter, administrators have been in contact with Emergency Management Agency, the Weather Service and surrounding school systems.  Salter said there is always the possibility things could change in the next 24 hours.  He said school officials will re-evaluate plans as needed.

Price Gouging

As Tropical Storm Isaac moves toward the coast of Alabama and nearby states, Attorney General Luther Strange warned his office will be on the lookout for those who might exploit the situation by committing fraud.  When Governor  Robert Bentley declared a state of emergency Sunday he triggered the state's laws cracking down on price gouging and looting.  Under state law, the penalty for price gouging is a fine of up to a $1,000 dollars per violation.  The attorney general said individuals who willfully and continue to violate the law may be banned from doing business in Alabama.

Election Day

It's municipal election day across Alabama.  Voters in dozens of towns and cities will go to the polls to decide the outcome of mayoral and city council races.  Several towns in Alabama's two coastal counties are delaying their municipal elections today due to Isaac and the evacuation of some voters.  Officials in eight towns and cities say they plan to reschedule their municipal elections.  The new date is subject to approval by the U.S. Justice Department.

Prison Sentences

A former casino lobbyist and a former legislator who pleaded guilty in Alabama's gambling corruption case are now in federal prison.  A spokesman for the U.S. Bureau of Prisons said lobbyist Jarrod Massy reported Monday to the minimum-security prison camp at Maxwell Air Force Base.  Former state Representative Terry Spicer of Elba reported to the minimum-security prison camp in Marion, Illinois.  Casino developer Ronnie Gilley and casino lobbyist Jennifer Pouncy also pleaded guilty.

Suspect Killed

A would-be robbery suspect is dead after a confrontation with a store clerk in west Montgomery.  Montgomery Police said the male gunman was shot and killed last night when he attempted to rob a Citgo gas station on the Western Boulevard.