"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!":

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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Abortion-Rights Advocates Pin Hopes On Defense Bill

Jun 7, 2012

Since Republicans took back the U.S. House in the 2010 elections, abortion has been a fairly constant theme. The House took eight separate abortion-related votes in 2011 — the most in a decade, according to NARAL Pro-Choice America.

All those votes were on bills to restrict abortion, including one that became law, reinstating a ban on the use of District of Columbia taxpayer funds for the procedure.

But now abortion-rights advocates may have found something they like that may even get through Congress and to President Obama's desk.

Last month, with little notice or fanfare, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, a New Hampshire Democrat, got an amendment included in the huge annual Department of Defense bill that would permit military health insurance to cover abortions for servicewomen whose pregnancies are the result of rape or incest.

Three Republican senators — John McCain of Arizona, Scott Brown from Massachusetts and Susan Collins of Maine — voted for the amendment.

Shaheen, who is now fighting to keep the language in the bill, says it's a matter of simple equity.

"Federal civilian employees, Medicaid recipients, even federal prison inmates are guaranteed affordable access to abortion in cases of rape," she said at a news conference. "But women in uniform are on their own."

Shaheen is calling out the big guns, so to speak. At the news conference Thursday she was flanked by two retired military officers who are helping lobby to prevent the language from being removed from the bill.

"Women compose almost fifteen percent of our military, serving with courage and distinction in every branch of service," said retired Major General Dennis Laich. "Lifting this ban is not only a matter of basic fairness; it is also a matter of ensuring military readiness."

Major General Gale Pollock, former surgeon general for the army, agreed. "When a servicewoman is raped, becomes pregnant, and chooses to end a pregnancy caused by an act of violence, she should not have to scramble to find the funds she needs to pay for an abortion," she said.

But what may end up keeping the amendment is less the lobbying of retired Army brass, and more simple math.

Because the amendment is currently in the bill, it will require 60 votes in the Senate to take it out. That's something opponents have conceded will be difficult, if not impossible.

A majority of House members oppose abortion rights, and it's all but certain the version of the bill in that chamber won't include similar language. So the question will have to be settled when the House and Senate meet to hammer out a compromise. If the abortion language survives, even if a majority of the House disapproves, its only option will be to vote down the entire defense bill. That is traditionally a highly unlikely event.

Meanwhile, anti-abortion groups have been mostly silent on the issue. While it was being debated in the Senate they were busier pushing a bill in the House to ban abortion on the basis of sex-selection. That measure failed to pass.

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