"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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Financial Markets React To Health Care Ruling

Jun 29, 2012
Originally published on June 29, 2012 6:46 am



Yesterday's ruling on health care took the financial markets by surprise. Stocks were mixed with some shares finishing the day sharply higher. By the end of the day, stock traders seemed to shrug off the ruling.

NPR's Jim Zarroli reports.

JIM ZARROLI, BYLINE: The market was already down a lot when the ruling was issued because of new concerns about Europe and the losses at JPMorgan Chase. The ruling sent stocks down even more and all of the major indexes were down more than one percent. But by the end of the day, prices had come back a lot and the Dow finished down just point two percent.

For all the talk about how bad the bill is for businesses, the stock market seemed to take the ruling in stride.

Jim Paulsen, chief investment strategist at Wells Capital Management, believes investors are simply glad to get past the uncertainty about health care.

JIM PAULSEN: And whether it's bad or good, at least companies can now settle down and start to make some decisions. And personally, I think that will be the fallout from this, is you're going to see companies starting to move on.

ZARROLI: But among individual stocks, the reaction was somewhat more dramatic. Hospital stocks like HCA were up as much as 10 percent. Because people will be required to get health insurance under the law, hospitals may no longer have to swallow as many unpaid bills as they now do.

But medical device companies, which have to pay a new excise tax on their sales under the bill, lost ground. So did insurance companies. That's because the legislation will require insurers to accept a lot more customers, including people with pre-existing conditions, and that could hurt their bottom line quite a bit.

But by the end of the day, they had rebounded somewhat. Wellpoint was down as much as eight percent during the day but it finished just five percent lower.

Jim Zarroli, NPR News. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.