"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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Focus On Murdochs Shifts: Were They Bamboozling British Politicians?

Apr 24, 2012
Originally published on April 24, 2012 9:59 am

Half-way through today's hearing in London into the Murdoch family's "scandal-tarred British newspaper unit," and the ethics of British media outlets, the inquiry's focus has shifted, NPR's Philip Reeves reports.

The "underlying issue" that's now of most concern to investigators, he said earlier on Morning Edition, appears to be: "Did the Murdochs use their power as media barons to try to strong-arm British politicans to agree to allow them to take total control of BSkyB," the British satellite broadcasting giant.

James Murdoch, son of News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch and a top company executive himself, is facing many questions about his many meetings with top British politicians in recent years, Philip says.

And while James Murdoch has been saying that the get-togethers involved nothing more than the normal advocacy that any executive would do on behalf of his company, the issue is whether they amounted "to bamboozling by media moguls of politicians who are very eager to stay on their right side," Philip says.

NPR's David Folkenflik adds, in a report for our Newscast Desk, that:

The chief attorney for the inquiry, Robert Jay, "noted that Murdoch met repeatedly with Prime Minister David Cameron and other key Conservative Party officials at which he advocated News Corp.'s takeover of BSkyB. Jay tied the Murdoch newspapers' endorsements for those conservatives to the politicians' subsequent support for their bid. That bid was abandoned at the height of the hacking scandal last summer."

David, by the way, is tweeting as the hearing continues. Rupert Murdoch is scheduled to testify Wednesday.

The News Corp. scandal, as we've been reporting for nearly a year, began with word that one of the company's tabloids — News of the World — had hacked into the cellphone of a missing teenaged girl (who later, it was revealed, had been murdered). Since then, evidence has emerged that the practice was far more common than realized.

One related issue is whether James Murdoch did or did not know how common it was for his company's newspapers to do such snooping.

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