"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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How Do They Know Those Sprinters Finished In A Dead Heat?

Jun 26, 2012

As we wait to hear whether sprinters Allyson Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh will flip a coin or race again to determine who gets the third and final slot in the 100 meters for Team USA at the London Olympics, we've been wondering:

Just how do officials determine exactly how fast world-class sprinters are and just who has finished first, second or third when they're flashing past?

Well, forget about stopwatches. That's so Chariots of Fire.

The short answer is that they use electronic timers (connected to the starting gun) and some of the fastest cameras around. USA Track & Field rules require that cameras positioned at finish lines must be capable of "producing a composite of at least 100 component images per second." The cameras also record the time, as How Stuff Works explains.

At the U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore., on Saturday, one camera was shooting the finish line at 3,000 frames per second. The other was clocking at 5,000 frames per second. And even at those speeds, it was concluded that Felix and Tarmoh both hit the line 11.068 seconds after the start.

That is, their torsos hit the line.

It's the torso — defined in the rules as being "distinguished from the head, neck, arms, hands, legs or feet" — that matters. No winning by a nose.

Now, there still are humans involved in the officiating. LetsRun.com interviewed Roger Jennings, who initially "read" the results of Saturday's race at the Olympic trials, and thought that Tarmoh might have come in third. If so, that would have put her on Team USA for the 100 meters, not Felix. Jennings said he based that unofficial ruling on "the arm position or Tarmoh," which made it look as if the right side of her torso might have been ahead of Felix.

But, "I protested it [his preliminary decision] myself," Jennings said. And after he and four referees examined the photos, "we all decided that we saw ... was a dead heat."

You can see Jennings talk about the dead heat in this video.

So what now? There was no procedure in place before the race for how to determine which competitor would be awarded third place in the event of a tie. Remember: Third place is important because Team USA will take three 100-meter competitors to the London Olympics. The fourth place finisher becomes an alternate. The plan that USA Track & Field officials came up with is that:

"1. If either athlete declines his or her position on the National Team/Olympic Team, that athlete will be named the alternate and the other athlete will assume the final available position.

"2. If neither athlete declines their position, they will be given the option to determine the tie-breaker via coin toss or by run-off.

"a. If both athletes choose the same option, that option will be utilized as the tie-breaker.

"b. If the athletes disagree on the tie-breaker, the tie will be broken by a run-off.

"c. If both athletes refuse to declare a preference regarding the method between a run off and coin toss in regards to how the tie is broken, the tie will be broken by coin toss."

Felix and Tarmoh, as ESPN reports, have each said they won't decide which option to choose until after they both run in the 200-meter sprint on Saturday.

Yes, that's correct, they're both vying to make the team as 200-meter competitors as well.

Among the possible outcomes: If only one qualifies for the Olympics in the 200, she cedes her position in the 100 to the other and there is no runoff or coin flip.

But what if there's another too-close-to call? Anybody up for Dead Heat II?

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