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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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Governor Robert Bentley says he won't implement part of the federal Affordable Health Care Act in Alabama.

Bentley says he sent a letter to Secretary of Health Kathleen Sebelius saying he's an opponent of the act and that the law lacks options for innovative approaches and for saving money.

Tornado Report

Forecasters say they've confirmed that a tornado touched down in Coosa County, where it uprooted pine and oak trees.  The National Weather Service says the tornado touched down near Shady Grove Church in Coosa County shortly before 5 o'clock Monday morning.  Damage was minor and no one was hurt.

Military Suicides

Suicides among active-duty troops have averaged a record 33 a month this year through September 2nd, according to the Pentagon.  The Alabama National Guard is always among the tops in the country in deployments, but it has experienced a low averages of suicides.  Dr. Rebekah Jacobson, the Guard's Suicide Prevention Program Manager, says most military suicides are triggered by the same factors as civilian suicides.  The U.S. Army has ordered a nationwide stand down for soldiers to spend eight hours on suicide prevention training. 

Suspect Arrested

Montgomery police say a suspected serial burglary suspect is behind bars today.  Officers say 19-year-old Lamarcus Sankey turned himself in Monday.  Authorities alleged that Sankey burglarized dozens of homes in the Southview neighborhood and surrounding areas and was responsible for stealing more than $100,000 dollars in property.  A juvenile also was charged, the suspect's name was not released due to his age. 

Deadliest Day

Saturday is the deadliest day for teen driving deaths in Alabama and Mississippi, that's according to a list complied by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the Erie Insurance Company.  The study found teen driver death rates exceeded the national average in Alabama at 31.2 deaths per 100,000 people and slightly more than 32 deaths per 100,000 in Mississippi.  The study also showed August is the most deadly month for teenager drivers in Alabama.