"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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Get Ready For Bike To Work Day (And Share Your Photos)

May 16, 2012
Originally published on May 16, 2012 6:11 pm

Bike to Work Day is this Friday, May 18. And that prompts a question: Do you bike to work? If so, you should prove it — by taking a photo of yourself with your bike. Then share the picture, and we'll consider it for NPR's Bike to Work Day gallery.

Just post the image to Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #NPRbike, and we'll take a look. To be considered for the gallery, post your pics by 2 p.m. EDT Thursday. If you miss that deadline, don't worry — on Bike to Work Day, you can use that same hashtag to see how NPR listeners roll.

If you love riding on a particular street, or maybe a certain hill really challenges you, show us what makes your commute special. You can also show off your bike's fenders, racks or baskets, but this is no beauty contest — it doesn't matter if the only TLC your bike gets is air for its tires and oil for the chain.

NPR's coverage of Bike to Work Day will also include a Morning Edition interview with Grant Petersen, the iconoclastic leader of Rivendell Bicycle Works (and the author of a new book, Just Ride). Check the Morning Edition page Friday for that story — and to see the gallery of bike commuters.

More than 730,000 Americans ride their bikes to work, according to data compiled by the U.S. Census' American Community Survey, taken in 2010. But many would-be cyclists say they're worried about riding alongside cars. And they don't want to be that pushy rider who weaves around folks on the sidewalk, either.

If you're looking to explore new routes, consider using a site like Bikely, which compiles the favorite bike routes of cyclists around the United States (and the world). The routes are tagged with words like "scenic," "intermediate," and "low traffic." You can search by state or region, and download a Google Map version of the ride. Even if you don't want to ride the full 15 or 20 miles of a route, you can still get good ideas about the roads and paths that cyclists prefer.

Another resource is the new Most Bikeable Cities list, compiled by Walk Score — the site that rates neighborhoods and cities based on how easy (and rewarding) it is to walk around in them. According to Walk Score, Minneapolis is the "most bikeable" large U.S. city, with a score of 79.

The runner-up position is held by Portland, with 70 points. San Francisco also has 70 points, but maybe Walk Score is against the idea of ties. Here's the full list:

  • Minneapolis
  • Portland
  • San Francisco
  • Boston
  • Madison
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Seattle
  • Tucson
  • New York City
  • Chicago

There are many ways to see how your area rates in terms of "bikeableness," from the League of American Cyclists' interactive map of Bicycle Friendly America, to Bicycling magazine's Top 50 American bike cities list. Both lists include criteria like bike lanes and racks, as well as bike-friendly businesses.

And their goal isn't just to make cyclists who don't live in those anointed cities jealous. As Bicycling writes, "If your town isn't named below — or if it falls on our worst-cities list — then use this as an opportunity to do something about it, like cyclists in Miami did after their city earned a black mark in 2008." Miami bounced back from that showing to place 44th in the magazine's most recent list.

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