"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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A Good Wife, Dancing Restlessly With Danger

Jun 28, 2012

Actress Sarah Polley's 2006 directorial debut, Away From Her, was a bit of a shock: an unexpectedly tonic drift into adultery and Alzheimer's that somehow found a way to move us without resorting to the maudlin. What was exciting about that film was its voice — clear, confident and emotionally complex — and many wondered if it might be a fluke.

Now, with the release of Take This Waltz, we can see that it wasn't. Unabashedly devoted to its unmoored female heroine, Margot (Michelle Williams), a 28-year-old wife beginning to wish that she weren't, the film weaves a spell as inchoate as Margot's discontent.

A little flaky and a lot fearful, Margot has a dull pamphlet-writing job with Parks Canada (the film was shot in Toronto) and a husband, Lou (Seth Rogen), who's writing a cookbook about chicken. Together, the pair are cuddlesome and quirkily immature, cooing and joking in baby voices, in the comfy shorthand of the long-married.

But there's an edge to their coziness that surfaces now and then, a space in their clowning that you could drop a refrigerator into. At these moments, Margot looks lost, Lou looks confused, and the film holds its breath.

Take This Waltz is about these spaces — between people, between jobs, between states of being — that open up and, terrifyingly, demand action. Polley knows how to evoke the restlessness that precedes a major decision, and understands the way a seemingly happy, well-matched union can contain chasms of yearning.

"Life has gaps," says Margot's pragmatic sister-in-law (an excellent Sarah Silverman), a recovering alcoholic who knows what she's talking about. "You can't keep running around like an idiot trying to fill them."

But what if a filler is right in front of you? Like a cover of a romance novel come to life, here's Daniel (Luke Kirby), a new neighbor who drives a rickshaw and makes art in his spare time. Tall, dark, muscled and mysterious, Daniel seems almost too dreamily perfect, but that's precisely the point. He, and his unconventional life, are an everyday-housewife fantasy, as unreal and aspirational as Margot and Lou's faultlessly shabby-chic row house or the joyfully messy get-togethers with their families. And as Daniel and Margot move from skittish flirtation to the sexiest coffee-shop date ever, her looming choice — security or danger, comfort or excitement — could not possibly be a more cliched one.

Somehow, though, Polley makes this very old trope feel fresh and challenging, nudging the film's emotional tone from whimsical to brutal, childish to adult, in ways that test her performers' mettle. And while Williams expresses the pitch-perfect vulnerability we've come to expect (and still barely looks older than she did on Dawson's Creek), it's Rogen who's the revelation. Who knew he could rise so far above the bromances and The Green Hornet?

Not everything here works, though, and some of Polley's stabs at metaphor and candid eroticism feel more than a little strained. Yet when everything comes together — as it does on an ecstatic carnival ride where Daniel and Margot wordlessly advance their attraction — we feel a sublime burst of understanding.

Scored to The Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star," a song about transitions and obsolescence, that carnival ride leaves a feeling of loss that echoes fitfully throughout the film. And like the death-haunted imagery of the Leonard Cohen song from which it takes its title, Take This Waltz understands that nothing remains new forever. (Recommended)

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