"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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'Gypsy': Something's Rotten, This Time In Slovakia

Jun 26, 2012

Dad just died violently. Mom married the man who might be his killer. And now the dead man's ghost is appearing to his son.

That plot comes from Hamlet, of course, but Slovak director Martin Sulik's Gypsy is not otherwise Shakespearean. There are no soliloquies and little dialogue. The prince is 15 and inarticulate, and his Ophelia is entirely sane. She's about to be exiled from her community for the same reasons that nearly everyone else in this tale is victimized: poverty and prejudice.

Set in a small mountain hamlet in eastern Slovakia, Gypsy has a documentary-style naturalism; the location is real and most of the actors nonprofessional. Only the periodic appearance of that ghost — or a purloined ostrich — adds a note of the fantastic.

The film opens with a closeup of a pair of soulful brown eyes. They belong to Adam (Jan Mizigar), a kid with so much potential that he attracts the attention of Gadjo — a Romany word generally translated in the subtitles as "whitie." Adam is "black," as Eastern Europeans often refer to Roma, or gypsies.

The boy is a favorite of the local priest (professional actor Attila Mokos), the only non-Roma in the destitute village. Adam is also cultivated by a trio of visiting blonde- and red-haired ethnologists who are documenting Roma culture, not always with exquisite sensitivity. He's inspired to seek a better life by Jula (Martina Kotlarova), his almost-girlfriend. He even accepts legit jobs, an option few of his neighbors explore.

But the kid regularly gets into trouble, sometimes because he's trying to protect his glue-sniffing younger brother, Marian (Martin Hangurbadzo). Life doesn't get better when the boys' freshly widowed mother marries their uncle, Zigo (Miroslav Gulyas), the settlement's fixer, loan shark and crime boss.

Zigo tells Adam and Marian that stealing from whites is justified because non-Roma will abuse them at every opportunity. Arrested for a railyard theft, the boys learn that their stepfather is right, at least partially, when the cops brutalize them. But then they never would have gotten busted if Zigo hadn't insisted they join him in larceny.

Scripted by Sulik and Marek Lescak, Gypsy is direct and unfussy. The movie's stylistic simplicity places the occasional poetic moments in high relief. The scene in which Adam discovers a knife in a chunk of ice is as stunning as it is matter-of-fact. And the story's coda is gently but hauntingly surreal.

As in the films of Franco-Roma director Tony Gatlif (Latcho Drom, Gadjo Dilo), music is central; the priest leads the villagers in song, and the ethnologists delight in (and carefully record) the locals' exuberant folk-dance tunes. When Roma music isn't playing, composer Vladimir Godar provides Renaissance-style chamber music that's elegant, if sometimes a little too pretty for the story and its setting.

Gypsy won three jury prizes at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival in the Czech Republic, a country that also has a marginalized Roma community. The movie may not feel quite so urgent in the U.S., with its complex multicultural mix. But the film's local color is only a small part of its power. After all, Hamlet is not primarily about the state of Denmark.

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