"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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The Cool Kids Of Summer Science

Jun 28, 2012
Originally published on June 29, 2012 8:54 am

It's summer. School's out and college kids are resting their brains.

Except for the thousands who aren't — including students avidly engaged in science, all around the world.

In Uganda, at the Budongo Conservation Field Station, a young male chimpanzee called Zed tries to impress a female named Kumi. He shreds a leaf, he hits the ground, he moves through the repertoire of tried-and-true chimpanzee tactics for luring a mate. No luck; for a good while, Kumi remains impassive.

Brittany Fallon, College of William and Mary '11 and my former student, is observing Zed, Kumi and the other chimpanzees of the Sonso community in Budongo. Now a PhD candidate in psychology at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and Universite de Neuchatel in Switzerland, Brittany films and analyzes the apes' multi-modal communication: How do gestures, vocalizations, facial expressions and body movements all coalesce together to send a message? How do young chimpanzees learn how to communicate effectively in this way?

This is pure research, aimed at understanding our closest living relatives' behavior patterns. But Budongo is a high-risk region for poaching and chimpanzee protection is a priority; a team is employed to patrol the forest and deactivate poachers' snares. Even so, "around 10 of our chimpanzees have seriously damaged or missing limbs due to snares in the forest," Brittany told me earlier this week.

It's trauma to apes and monkeys that the Limbe Wildlife Centre, across the continent in Cameroon, aims to combat. Jen Draiss, Simpson College '12, whom I've informally mentored for a few years now, spent last summer at Limbe and returns next month. The Centre hosts over 230 orphans of the bushmeat trade— victims of illegal hunting in the forests.

"Helping to raise baby primates may sound like a fun task, however, the realization that those babies should be in the forest with their mothers and families is constantly on my mind," Jen told me.

The work can bring incredible highs, too. Last summer, a three-year-old chimpanzee named Yabien came to the Centre. First caught in a snare then kept chained as a village pet, Yabien arrived in bad shape, needing emergency surgery. Her psychological scars were equally evident, for she rocked back and forth and banged her head against the wall.

In short grooming and play sessions, Jen worked with Yabien. Weeks later, she heard "the most beautiful sound" ever, Yabien's laughter in response to Jen's tickling.

At excellent zoos, also, science can be for the animals, not only about them. At the San Diego Zoo, a troop of brown capuchin monkeys, donated from a behavioral-research center in Atlanta, recently settled in to their new home.

Mitch Caudill, William and Mary '14 and a current student of mine, is a Bonner Fellow at the Zoo's Institute for Conservation Research charged with documenting the effects of crowd behavior on the capuchins.

"The research is focused on aiding the welfare of primates in zoos generally," Mitch told me. "But [it] is also particularly important for this troop since they have never been exposed to zoo crowds."

Are certain of the monkeys stressed by zoogoers' behavior, and if so, how can the Zoo manage that situation?

I remember my first science-oriented summers, observing apes and living far away from home. It was exciting, and scary, with much to learn, including how to manage my own mistakes. Now I'm cheering on another generation — at primate sites, archaeology digs, environmental-science camps, chemistry labs, astronomers' telescopes and scores of other places where the cool kids hang out and do science.

You can keep up with more of what Barbara is thinking on Twitter: @bjkingape

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