"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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Dave McKenna On Piano Jazz

Jun 22, 2012
Originally published on October 2, 2009 11:08 am

This week's show is a tribute to the late pianist Dave McKenna with guest host, pianist and singer Daryl Sherman, who was a friend of McKenna's and is a musical fixture at New York's famous Waldorf Astoria.

Dave McKenna, who started at age 15 in the late 1940s and early '50s with Charlie Ventura and Woody Herman, once said of himself, "I play saloon piano. ''I'm a player of tunes first and add my interpretations second." Daryl Sherman calls him "a world class piano stylist of the highest order."

McKenna's unique style is nowhere more evident than in his version of Cole Porter's "Dream Dancing," a request from Marian McPartland. McKenna is not afraid to play softly, beginning the tune with a whisper of notes and then gently increasing the volume over a perfect, sauntering left-hand. Sherman declares, "A song couldn't have a better friend than Dave McKenna."

And McKenna couldn't have a better partner than McPartland. After he solos on Alec Wilder's "I'll Be Around," she asks him to show her the opening chords, and then joins him in a spontaneous encore of the tune. They burn their way through "Avalon" in what Sherman calls "one of the hottest duos I've ever heard." The two trade 4s and 8s, jump in and out of stride rhythm, and even get into some Mozartean counterpoint before it's all over.

McKenna also dusts off a few of his own songs. Listening to him play "Cat's Cradle," one has to remember that it's not a duet — McKenna is playing rhythm and counterpoint with his left hand, while playing the tune and variations with his right.

"Teddy Ballgame" is McKenna's tribute to Ted Williams and his beloved Red Sox. Afterward, guest host Sherman adds her own accolades by singing her original lyrics to the tune over McKenna's track. Sherman offers another tribute when she plays and sings "Rhode Island," which is about McKenna's and her home state.

To wrap up this celebration of Dave McKenna, he and McPartland take off on a sparkling romp through "Let's Get Away from it All." At the end, McPartland says, "It felt good. Let's get a gig!"

Originally recorded on three dates: March 19, 1979; May 19, 1994; and Jan. 8, 2009.

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