"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 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 made disparaging comments about him in several media interviews. He tweeted late Tuesday that she "has embarrassed all" with her "very dumb" comments about the candidate. Trump ended his tweet with "Her mind is shot - resign!":

Donald Trump wrapped up his public tryout of potential vice presidential candidates in Indiana Tuesday night with Gov. Mike Pence giving the final audition.

The Indiana governor's stock as Trump's possible running mate is believed to be on the rise, with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich also atop the list. Sources tell NPR the presumptive GOP presidential nominee is close to making a decision, which he's widely expected to announce by Friday.

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The unassuming hero of Jonas Karlsson's clever, Kafkaesque parable is the opposite of a malcontent. Despite scant education, a limited social life, and no prospects for success as it is usually defined, he's that rarity, a most happy fella with an amazing ability to content himself with very little. But one day, returning to his barebones flat from his dead-end, part-time job at a video store, he finds an astronomical bill from an entity called W.R.D. He assumes it's a scam. Actually, it is more sinister-- and it forces him to take a good hard look at his life and values.

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1 World Trade Center Set To Claim Spot Atop NYC's Skyline Today

Apr 30, 2012
Originally published on April 30, 2012 3:46 pm
(The milestone was reached at 2:14 p.m. ET.)

With the addition of some steel columns, 1 World Trade Center has reached a height of symbolic importance.

At 1,271 feet (and growing) it is 21 feet taller than the observation deck on the Empire State Building.

So, for the first time since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that destroyed the North and South towers of the World Trade Center — killing more than 2,700 people — a skyscraper at the tip of Manhattan is arguably taller than the famous midtown landmark.

We only say arguably because if you count the antenna atop the Empire State Building, that skyscraper is 1,454 feet tall, as the New York Post shows.

There's some disagreement among experts about whether antennas should or should not be counted, however. As USA Today writes, "purists say anything that can be removed, such as an antenna, should not be counted."

Once 1 World Trade Center reaches its full height, however, there won't be anything left to debate. Within a few months, The New York Times says, it will reach "1,368 feet at its rooftop parapet, identical in height to the first 1 World Trade Center. ... The ultimate topping out will be the completion next year of an antenna that will bring the structure's overall height to 1,776 feet."

There's much more about the World Trade Center at its website. Our friends at WNYC have a Web package on the "World Trade Center Construction, In Pictures."

Dubai's Burj Khalifa, at 2,716.5 feet, is the world's tallest building.

Update at 2:14 p.m. ET. The First Column Is In Place: As the live feed from atop 1 World Trade Center shows, workers have just put the first of the new steel columns in place, which gives the skyscraper it's new bragging rights.

Update at 2:06 p.m ET. Another View: CNN is streaming video from a camera that looks to be atop the skyscraper.

Update at 2 p.m. ET: MSNBC is streaming from the 71st floor of the building, where Port Authority officials are about to hold a news conference.

Update at 1:30 p.m. ET: The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey has set 2 p.m. ET as the time for marking this "major milestone."

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