"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 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 made disparaging comments about him in several media interviews. He tweeted late Tuesday that she "has embarrassed all" with her "very dumb" comments 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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Debate: Should College Football Be Banned?

May 14, 2012

Amid allegations of corruption and misconduct in college football programs, critics have questioned whether the schools are exploiting student-athletes in an attempt to make millions of dollars. And alarms have been raised about the risks of repeated head injuries.

But football supporters say the sport is unifying, it teaches life lessons to players and it offers chances to young men that they may not get elsewhere.

So should college football be banned? A panel of experts took on that question in the latest Intelligence Squared U.S. debate, facing off two against two on the motion "Ban College Football."

Before the debate, the audience at New York University's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts voted 16 percent in favor of banning college football and 53 percent against, with 31 percent not sure. Afterward, they voted 53 percent in favor and 39 percent against — making the side arguing for a ban the winners of the debate. (Eight percent of the audience still hadn't decided.)

The May 8 debate was moderated by ABC News' John Donvan. Those debating:


H.G. "Buzz" Bissinger, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, is the author of Friday Night Lights, which tells the story of a high school football team in Odessa, Texas. He is also the author of A Prayer for the City, Three Nights in August and Shooting Stars, written with LeBron James. His fifth book and first memoir, Father's Day: A Journey Into the Mind and Heart of My Extraordinary Son, will be published in May. Currently a sports columnist for The Daily Beast and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, Bissinger also has reported for The New York Times Magazine and Sports Illustrated.

Malcolm Gladwell, a staff writer for The New Yorker, has written on a wide range of topics, including race and sports, physical genius and the difference between puzzles and mysteries. Gladwell came to The New Yorker from The Washington Post. Gladwell's books The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking and Outliers: The Story of Success, were all No. 1 New York Times best-sellers. In his 2009 New Yorker article "Offensive Play," he asked: How different are dogfighting and football?


Former Atlanta Falcons defensive end Tim Green is a New York Times best-selling author, coach and lawyer, specializing in energy law. Green has written 26 books, including a series of sports-based novels for young readers. He played eight seasons with the Atlanta Falcons and has served as an NFL analyst for Fox Sports and a commentator for NPR and Good Morning America. While at Syracuse University, he was an NCAA Top Six Scholar and a finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship and was a two-time All-American and National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete award winner. He has been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Jason Whitlock is a national columnist for FOXSports.com and an all-sports insider and contributor to Fox Sports Radio. Whitlock was an All-State offensive lineman in high school in Indianapolis and played college football at Ball State University, lettering as an offensive tackle in both 1987 and 1988. He graduated from Ball State in 1990 with a journalism degree. Whitlock's journalism career has had several stops, including the Bloomington Herald Times, The Charlotte Observer, Vibe, Playboy and The Kansas City Star. In 2008, Whitlock was awarded a National Journalism Award from the Scripps Howard Foundation.

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