"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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Calif. Budget Plan Cuts Programs To Trim Deficit

Jun 22, 2012
Originally published on June 22, 2012 7:17 am



NPR's business news starts with a budget deal in California.


INSKEEP: This deal comes just days before the start of the new fiscal year. It cuts social programs and it would knock three weeks off of Californian's school year unless voters approve a proposal for new taxes.

Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports from Sacramento.

BEN ADLER, BYLINE: The Democrats running this year's California budget process say they have one overarching goal: to bring years of festering shortfalls to an end.

Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg says this deal will do just that.

STATE SENATOR DARRELL STEINBERG: We are on the back end of this thing. We are on the back end of this deficit. And if we pass those taxes in November, we will really be starting, I believe, a new chapter here in California.

ADLER: A chapter that would include higher income taxes on the wealthiest Californians and higher sales taxes for everyone. Even then, budget reductions will include cuts to child care subsidies, in-home medical care, college financial aid, and state worker compensation.

A program that provides health care subsidies to nearly 900,000 low-income children will vanish, with the kids being moved to California's version of Medicaid. And then...

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Holy and loving God, we pray for this great state of California...

ADLER: A new two-year limit for welfare cash grants, which drew prayers from protesters outside Governor Jerry Brown's office. But the welfare cuts could have been worse. Brown had also proposed reducing grants for long-term unemployed parents.

Mike Herald is with the Western Center on Law and Poverty.

MIKE HERALD: I guess you would call it a split-the-baby approach maybe, or a halfway approach. But I think for families who are going to have to meet these new work requirements, they're going to end up getting the short end of the stick.

STATE SENATOR BILL EMMERSON: It's a step backward from the very successful Clinton welfare-to-work programs of the 1990s.

ADLER: Republican Senator Bill Emmerson says he's disappointed the welfare cuts weren't deeper. As for overall spending plan...

EMMERSON: We're continuing the tradition of budgeting by gimmicks and taxes.

ADLER: Meanwhile, there's been hardly a peep from the normally talkative Governor Brown. That will almost certainly change in the coming months, as he works to build support for his November tax measure.

For NPR News, I'm Ben Adler in Sacramento. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.