"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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Tentative Deal On Transportation Reached

Jun 28, 2012
Originally published on June 28, 2012 12:34 pm
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In Washington, House and Senate negotiators have reached a deal to fund highway and transportation projects for the next two years. This averts what could have been a dramatic shutdown after years of temporary extensions. The Senate could vote as soon as today, with the House likely to vote Friday.

NPR's Tamara Keith has details.

TAMARA KEITH, BYLINE: The latest temporary highway bill extension is set to expire Saturday, and for weeks negotiators have been trying to smooth out the differences between House and Senate versions. Florida Republican John Mica heads the House Transportation Committee, and says there were many late nights at the negotiating table.

REPRESENTATIVE JOHN MICA: It's been a long tough battle but it probably - I think it will be the bill that will put more people to work in the next two years than anything Congress does this year.

KEITH: The bill will continue highway and transportation funding at current levels through the end of the 2014 fiscal year, and allows the government to continue collecting gas taxes. Mica says a multi-year extension is way overdue.

MICA: The public just cannot wait, nor can jobs, and the construction industry. We had to provide some stability.

KEITH: Unlike past highway bills this one isn't chock full of earmarks. Mica says there isn't a single one.

House Republicans wanted to use the bill to force quick approval of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, something Democrats wouldn't support. Keystone is now out. And in exchange, Democrats made concessions on funding for bike lanes and sidewalks. Now states can opt out and use that money for roads if they choose.

Democrats also agreed to allow streamlined approval of some transportation projects. Oregon Democrat Peter DeFazio, a member of the conference committee, says it was worth it.

REPRESENTATIVE PETER DEFAZIO: This is a real bill. It's not a talking point. It will affect millions of Americans, put a lot of people back to work, so I am glad they dropped that.

KEITH: The highway funding bill was combined with a deal to extend reduced interest rates on federally subsidized student loans, and a measure to reauthorize the federal flood insurance program. This mega bill contains a little of something for just about everyone to like and dislike. And assuming it passes, it will allow members of Congress to head home for the 4th of July recess with accomplishments to point to.

Tamara Keith, NPR News. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.