"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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Drug-Resistant Germ In Rhode Island Hospital Raises Worries

Jun 22, 2012

A highly resistant form of a common bacterium recently popped up in two Rhode Island patients, only the 12th and 13th times it has been spotted in this country.

And while the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cites Rhode Island Hospital for fast work in stamping it out, federal officials are worried the next time might not go as well. They're asking U.S. hospitals to be alert to the threat this strain of drug-resistant germs poses.

"The cat's out of the bag," says Dr. Leonard Mermel of Brown University Medical School. "It's spreading," he tells Shots. "But we need to do what we can — nationally, globally and locally — to curtail its spread as much as possible."

The bacteria are called carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae or CRE. They're black sheep in a big herd of mostly harmless germs that includes common organisms inhabiting everybody's gut, such as the familiar E. coli. In the Rhode Island case, the germ was Klebsiella, which can cause pneumonia and a variety of other infections.

The particular trait of these bugs causing most concern is a set of genes, originally seen in New Delhi, that confer resistance to practically all antibiotics. Even more alarming, these New Delhi genes reside on a circular piece of DNA called a plasmid that can be transferred easily to many other kinds of bacteria, rendering them "extensively drug resistant," or XDR.

The CDC says only one antibiotic, called colistin, can treat the New Delhi strain.

While other forms of CRE have been seen in U.S. hospitals and nursing homes with increasing frequency over the past decade, the New Delhi variant is only beginning to show up.

"As these organisms become increasingly prevalent, treatment of health care-associated infections most likely will become more difficult or even impossible," write Israeli physicians Mitchell Schwaber and Yehuda Carmeli in JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association..

If they become widespread, extensively resistant enterobacteriaceae "could make the hospital environment unsafe even to the general population undergoing simple and elective procedures," Schwaber and Carmeli warn.

The recent case shows how these bad bug are spreading far from their Indian origins. A Cambodian woman who lives in Rhode Island visited her homeland last May. She became sick with what was eventually diagnosed as lymphoma. Last December, she was hospitalized in Ho Chi Minh City before flying home, where she was admitted to Rhode Island Hospital for a three-month stay.

In February, the woman suffered a bladder infection caused by a different drug-resistant bacterium. That turned out to be a lucky break — for the hospital if not for her — because it resulted in her being placed on special infection control precautions.

In March, an infectious disease doctor noticed the woman's urine was cloudy – a sign of possible infection, even though she had no fever or other symptoms. Laboratory testing indicated a possible case of carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella, so the hospital sent a specimen to the CDC, which confirmed the diagnosis.

Fortunately, the woman's immune system cleared the infection after the urinary catheter was removed. In other hospital outbreaks of the New Delhi bug, some involving hundreds of cases, up to 40 percent of patients have died. That's a higher mortality rate than the notorious MRSA, or resistant staph.

The hospital did bacterial cultures on all the other patients on the cancer ward and found only one who had picked up the same strain of resistant Klebsiella, and that patient didn't suffer obvious symptoms.

Mermel says there's no sign that caregivers got infected. The hospital decontaminated the entire ward, since these germs can live on surfaces such as handrails as well as medical equipment.

Mermel says it's been an upsetting experience. "I'm concerned, but with the large numbers of patients on that ward, we have not found it anywhere else," he says.

This week the CDC updated recommendations to hospitals and nursing homes on how to deal with carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae. "Not only are these organisms associated with high mortality rates, but they have the potential to spread quickly," the CDC warns.

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