"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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Economy Grew At 2.2 Percent Rate In First Quarter

Apr 27, 2012
Originally published on April 27, 2012 9:12 am

The U.S. economy grew at a 2.2 percent annual rate in the first quarter of the year, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

That's down from the 3 percent pace in fourth-quarter 2011, but is still better than the 1.7 percent growth for all of last year.

The first-quarter figure will be revised twice, in each of the next two months.

We'll have more about the report shortly.

Update at 8:47 a.m. ET. Behind The Numbers:

The Wall Street Journal says growth slowed in part because "government spending fell and a build up in inventories eased.." Bloomberg News says a "smaller contribution from inventories overshadowed the biggest gain in consumer spending in more than a year."

According to the bureau, "real personal consumption expenditures increased 2.9 percent in the first quarter." Consumers purchase about 70 percent of all goods and services produced by businesses.

Update at 8:44 a.m. ET. Some Numbers.

The quarter-by-quarter growth (at annual rates) over the past year:

-- First-quarter 2011: 0.4 percent.

-- Second-quarter 2011: 1.3 percent.

-- Third-quarter 2011: 1.8 percent.

-- Fourth-quarter 2011: 3 percent.

-- First-quarter 2012: 2.2 percent.

Update at 8:40 a.m. ET. "Modest, At Best:"

Kathy Bostjancic, director of macroeconomic analysis at the private Conference Board, says in an email to reporters that "following a strong performance at the end of 2011, this most recent growth rate may be called modest, at best." She sees, though, "signs of strengthening in the underlying dynamics of the economy" — including steady consumer spending and hints of an improving housing market.

Update at 8:36 a.m. ET. A Bit Below Expectations:

The consensus forecast among economists was for growth at a 2.5 percent pace. But, as we said, the GDP report will be revised twice in coming months.

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