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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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Sep 26, 2012

State Agriculture officials are encouraging consumers to check their pantries for Sunland almond butter and peanut butter product that have been recalled because they may be contaminated with salmonella.

The department says its inspectors are checking grocery stores and wholesale food warehouses to make sure the products are removed.  The department says the recalled products were sold in Alabama at Kroger, Target, Wal-mart and Publix stores, but there may also be other stores.

Voting Rights

Shelby County is challenging key provisions of the Voting Rights Act.  The county, located south of Birmingham, wants the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down Section 5 which prevents county and state governments from making election-related decisions that could impact minority voters.  Dr. Joe Reed, Chairman of the Alabama Democratic Conference said its just another attempt by Shelby County to weaken the law.  The Shelby County Commission claims in its lawsuit that Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act is outdated and violates states rights.

Opelika Fire

Authorities in Lee County say an 11-year-old boy died after being found in a burning house in Opelika.  The Lee County Coroner's Office said Opelika firefighters found 11-year-old Nicholas Jordan Dennison in a bedroom of the house Monday night.  Two other siblings were also in the residence, but were able to escape the burning house on Bulloch Street.  Agencies, including the State fire marshal's office are trying to determine what ignited the fire. 

Open House

Montgomery City officials want to show off the newly renovated City Hall building on North Perry Street.  The dedications and tours begin today at 4 p.m.  The newly renovated Montgomery City Hall cost around $6.4 million dollars.  Some of the major changes include new lighting, a revamped auditorium and a new security system. 

Selma Vote

The Selma City Council last night voted unanimously to stop work on a new monument to honor a Civil War General Nathan Beford Forrest.  All work will stop on the monument to  Forrest until the courts decide whether the city or a Confederate heritage group owns the cemetery property where the monument would be located.  Selma City Council member Angela Benjamin says historical records don't provide a clear answer.