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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 30, 2012

Forecasters say Isaac is still spinning off-life threatening severe weather even as it weakens.  The massive storm is slowly trekking north over Louisiana. 

The National Hurricane Center says Isaac is still generating hazards from inland flooding, storm surge and potential tornadoes across the central Gulf coast.

Aldersgate UMC

Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Montgomery is open to Isaac storm evacuees.  The American Red Cross has set up shelter there with the capacity to house up to one hundred people. Red Cross volunteers are providing displaced residents hot meals, snacks, blankets and comfort kits.

No Tax

Governor Robert Bentley says he won't propose any tax increases if Alabama voters reject a proposal to take more than $437 million dollars out of a state trust fund to use the state General Fund budget.  Bentley told the Birmingham News that he made a promise to the people of Alabama that he wouldn't raise taxes on families and he intends to keep that promise. 

Child Pornography

An Auburn man is headed to federal prison after he pleaded guilty for possessing child pornography.  U.S. Attorney George Beck said in a statement today that 50-year-old Douglas Burl Breland was sentenced to serve five years.  Breland plead guilty to the sex crimes in June 2012. 

Officer Sentenced

A former Fort Deposit police officer will serve 36 months in federal prison for stealing money from drivers stopped on Interstate 65 in central Alabama.  Federal prosecutors in Montgomery said U.S. District Judge Keith Watkins ordered the sentence Tuesday for 25-year-old Jessie Alan Fuller.  U.S. Attorney George Beck said another former Fort Deposit police officer, Carlos Bennett of Greenville, will go on trial September 10th. 

West Nile

Alabama Public Health officials say there are now 14 cases of the West Nile virus statewide.  One person in Montgomery County is believed to have died from the illness.  Federal health officials says WNV cases are up 40 percent since last week and may rival  the record years of 2002 and 2003. 

Jazz Concert

The seventh annual Jazz on the Grass, the river region's only Labor Day concert, will be held in a new location this year.  The town of Pike Road's Rolling Hills neighborhood is the site for the all-day concert.  Jazz on the Grass takes place on Monday, September 3rd with gates opening at 10 a.m. and the first band playing at 11 a.m. For ticket location and additional information call (334) 229-4798.