"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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Agent, Double Agent Or Mole? Which Was The Underwear Bomb Character?

May 9, 2012
Originally published on May 9, 2012 3:45 pm

Many headlines and stories (including some of ours) have been saying that a "double agent" infiltrated al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula and foiled a plot to get another underwear bomb aboard a U.S.-bound passenger jet.

But we've been looking at definitions of spy terms and think that based on what we have been told so far, the person at the center of the story wasn't a double agent.

That character was at least an "agent."

But "mole" may be the best definition.

First, though, some background in case you need to catch up on the story.

As NPR's Dina Temple-Raston said today on Morning Edition, the story from authorities now is that "a foreign intelligence service sent an agent to infilitrate al-Qaida's arm in Yemen." He was basically told, Dina added, to "volunteer for a suicide mission."

That person reportedly gained the terrorist group's confidence and eventually was given the task of going on an airborne suicide mission, with the underwear bomb as the weapon. Instead, according to U.S. officials, this week the agent/mole turned the bomb over to that foreign intelligence service — which then passed it to the FBI for analysis.

Now, the definitions.

A "double agent," according to the International Spy Museum's Language of Espionage webpage, is "a spy who works for two intelligence services, usually against his or her original employer." Mark Stout, the museum's historian, tells us a double agent is usually "someone you've recruited in a foreign government."

If what we've been told is true, this person wasn't working against his or her original employer. So, cross out "double agent."

Stout agrees with that conclusion. "Double agent is technically not correct in this case," he says.

An "agent," according to the Spy Museum, is "a person unofficially employed by an intelligence service."

That sounds fine. Perhaps a little dull, but OK.

Then there's "mole." The Spy Museum says that is "an agent of one organization sent to penetrate a specific intelligence agency by gaining employment."

If the person in this case was sent by a foreign intelligence service to infiltrate al-Qaida's arm in Yemen and was indeed told to volunteer for a suicide mission, those would seem to fit the mole definition.

"Mole would be fine" in this case, says Stout. "It's a good term."

Of course, being a spy caper, it's not that simple.

One strike against calling our character a mole: Al-Qaida is not "a specific intelligence agency." Stout doesn't think that's a deal breaker, though. Intelligence agencies and foreign terrorist networks have the same goals, he says — to do harm to their enemies. They just use different methods to achieve those ends.

But there's this, from the master of spy novels, John Le Carre:

"A 'mole' is, I think, a genuine KGB term for somebody of the Philby sort who is recruited at a very tender age."

Which term fits best?

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