"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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Is America The Land Of Opportunity For Everyone?

Jun 6, 2012
Originally published on June 6, 2012 3:44 pm

If you are from the Washington, D.C. area — D.C. to the locals — or if you just follow popular music, then you must have heard of Chuck Brown, the much loved musician who died last month at the age of 75.

We ran a brief tribute right at the time of his death, but after his memorial service last week, I found myself thinking more about him.

To the uninitiated, Chuck Brown was known as the Godfather of Go-Go. Check out a little taste of one of his hits, "Run Joe," a go-go-ized remake of a classic calypso song.

When I interviewed him last August, I asked him to describe exactly what go-go is, and this is what he said:

Well, it's another concept of funky music, and mixed with Latin and African ingredients, and percussion. The thing about my type of music, of course, I grew up in a church, and my mother didn't allow me to sing anything but gospel, at that point in time. And so, as I got a little bit older and I left home, I was on my own, I wasn't interested in music no more, until I was 24, and that's when I got interested in playing the guitar.

And the rest as they say is history, but not quite. You see, Brown got interested in playing guitar when he was in prison, where he had landed after a childhood marked by the kind of poverty so intense he remembered his mother taking him to a neighbor's house to beg for a meal for him, though not for herself.

When the family moved north, he shined shoes, sold newspapers and did other odd jobs to help make ends meet. At some point, he drifted into crime, eventually landing in prison, where he famously traded cartons of cigarettes for another inmate's guitar.

When he got out, he started playing with different local bands until he formed his own, The Soul Searchers, and found his own style. He called it go-go, he said, because, you would go and go and go.

And at this point you might be thinking, "OK, he had a few hits, that's nice, so what?" To which I say, in this area, he was not just a musician; he was local royalty — generous with his time, energy and attention, giving his all to any gig.

Once when he came by our studios to play a small concert, something we call a Tiny Desk Concert — which is literally set up at somebody's desk — he brought a nine-piece band.

When I interviewed him last August, he was being honored at the Kennedy Center for his 75th birthday. He played one or two songs for us and when I said thank you, he said, "That's all you want?"

And now my question is: Of course Chuck Brown was one of a kind, but could this country create another one these days? Could a kid get out of prison after eight years, for a shooting no less, and work his way back into a reasonably respectable life?

Could a kid with no degree, but a work ethic, creativity and a passion for what he does, become not a megastar but even just somebody? I'll tell you what Brown said when I saw him last. Now you tell me.

Since I've been out here, I've learned so much, I mean, through experience. People that listen to other people get wisdom. Pay attention to people that are trying to teach you something. That's what I did. My kids have taught me an awful lot. They're in college and I've learned more from them than I've learned all my lifetime. You see, my thing is stay focused, and trust in God, and be confident in what you're doing.

Rest in peace, Chuck Brown. We miss you already.

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