7 things to know now: Juno at Jupiter; Cosby wants money back; man arrested in student's death

Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and world today.

What to know now:

1. Juno at Jupiter: Juno, the solar-powered spacecraft that was launched five years ago, slipped into orbit  around the solar system’s largest planet Monday, capping a five-year voyage. Juno sent radio signals to NASA confirming it had successfully entered the giant planet’s orbit. The spacecraft fired its main rocket engine late Monday to slow itself down from a speed of 150,000 mph. "We're there. We're in orbit. We conquered Jupiter," Juno chief scientist Scott Bolton said during a post-mission briefing.

2. Gun bill back: Look for a vote on a gun bill from the House of Representatives. The bill would keep people on the no-fly list from purchasing a gun. A similar measure died in the Senate, and this one isn’t likely to pass. Last month, the body adjourned amid a Democratic sit-in over gun control legislation. 

3.  On the trail: It will be Hillary and Barack on the campaign trail starting Tuesday as President Obama joins Clinton as she campaigns in advance of the Democratic National Convention later this month. Obama and Clinton will appear at a rally in Charlotte, N.C. Tuesday, as Clinton’s lead over Trump in one poll has slipped.

4. Not that star: Donald Trump’s campaign spent the July 4 weekend trying to explain a tweet criticizing Hillary Clinton that appeared to show the presumptive Democratic nominee next to a Star of David atop a pile of cash. Trump’s social media director Dan Scavino said the tweet was not anti-Semitic and was not intended to offend anyone. Scavino said the star was intended to represent a sheriff’s badge to fit into the theme of “crooked Hillary,” the nickname Trump calls Clinton.

5. Student’s body found: The body of a Wisconsin college student set to take part in an exchange program in Italy was found in the Tiber River in Rome this weekend. Beau Solomon, 19, was last seen with friends at a pub early Friday morning. Police have arrested a homeless man in connection with Solomon’s death. Solomon’s brother said the University of Wisconsin-Madison student was a cancer survivor.

And  one more

Lawyers for Bill Cosby will be asking a judge to order the woman who accused him of sexual assault in a criminal case to give back the money he paid her to settle a lawsuit some 10 years ago. Cosby paid Andrea Constand a settlement in 2005, and now says he wants the money back because she and her attorneys violated the terms of the settlement by participating in a criminal investigation against him.

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