"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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Health Think Tank Crunches Health Prices For The Masses

May 21, 2012
Originally published on May 22, 2012 9:06 am

It turns out we may not know nearly as much about all the money spent on health care in the U.S. as we thought we did.

But there's a new group that wants to, well, remedy that.

The problem, Martin Gaynor, chairman of the Health Care Cost Institute, told Shots, is that "two-thirds of the population has private [health] insurance, but most of the information comes from Medicare."

That's because Medicare, being government run, is the only large insurer whose claims information has been available for academics to crunch. In fact, it's been the detailed analysis of Medicare data that's has allowed the Dartmouth Atlas to show the wide variations in health care across the U.S.

Still, many have worried that what happens to people age 65 and over may not necessarily reflect what's happening to everyone else.

So Gaynor, who's also a professor of economics and health policy at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, along with a small group of academics, persuaded four of the nation's largest private health insurers — Aetna, Humana, UnitedHealthcare and Kaiser-Permanente — to give them access to information about what the insurers paid for care given to some 40 million people. (Personal information has been removed from the database.)

"That's 40 percent of the privately insured population in the U.S.," Gaynor said.

The group's first study, which examines spending and use trends in 2010 in the under-65 population, is already finding trends that would be hard to discern from Medicare data.

The first big take-home message, said Gaynor, is that while spending went up relatively slowly — about 3.3 percent — the biggest factor was an increase in "prices to providers." In other words, people didn't get more care, but they and their insurers paid more for the care they got. That also showed up in the fact that individuals' out-of-pocket spending grew slightly.

Prices rose for both inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures; for emergency room visits, and for brand-name prescription drugs from 2009 to 2010. Generic drugs were about the only category for which prices fell, 6.3 percent.

Some analysts, like Aaron Carroll, are already using the new numbers to worry about potentially ominous trends in the health care system.

Another of the more provocative findings in the study is that spending rose fastest — 4.5 percent — for the 18 and under age group, something you'd never find in Medicare data. That rise compares to 3.1 percent for those aged 55-64 and 2.3 percent for those aged 19-44.

Why? Gaynor says an answer will take more research.

And HCCI says it will be happy to share what it expects to be a twice-a-year data dump with other academics and nonprofit research outfits. "Our goal is to create a data resource," he says.

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