"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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How A 'Western Problem' Led To New Drilling Rules

Apr 19, 2012
Originally published on April 19, 2012 9:45 am

The Environmental Protection Agency's new air pollution rules for the oil and gas industry may seem like odd timing, as President Obama has been trying to deflect Republican criticism that he overregulates energy industries. But the rules weren't the Obama administration's idea.

Several years ago, communities in Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming complained about air pollution from natural gas booms in their local areas.

Jeremy Nichols and his group, the WildEarth Guardians, decided to sue the EPA to force the agency to clean up the drilling industry.

"The drilling has pushed smog levels in very rural areas to unbelievable highs, higher than Los Angeles," Nichols says.

The WildEarth Guardians prevailed, and the EPA set about making new rules.

Nichols had no inkling that by the time the rules were done, the drilling boom would have spread across the country, and energy regulations would shape up into an issue for the presidential campaign.

"Back in 2008, we wanted to solve this distinctly Western problem, and in the meantime this issue became a national issue," he says.

An engineering technique called hydraulic fracturing — or fracking — sparked a nationwide drilling bonanza. The EPA says all of that drilling sends significant amounts of pollution into the air, contributing to smog and making people sick. A lot of pollution and natural gas spew out of the well while drillers are waiting to connect the gas stream to a pipeline. Starting in 2015, gas companies will be required to capture that pollution and wasted natural gas. In the meantime, companies will have to burn it in a flare, which makes it less harmful.

Nichols is delighted.

"I think EPA pulled through in a big way here," he says. "I mean, this is going to have an immediate effect of keeping toxic pollution out of the air that people breathe."

Gina McCarthy, who heads the EPA's air-pollution programs, says the initiative will save companies money because they will be able to sell natural gas that they've been wasting.

"It saves precious natural gas resources that otherwise would have been emitted into the atmosphere," she says. "It reduces smog, it protects public health, and it's certainly good for the environment."

McCarthy says it won't slow down the industry, but that's not the story you'll get if you talk with Kathleen Sgamma, a vice president of Western Energy Alliance, which represents drilling companies in the West.

"This rule has a very large cost compared to the benefit," she says.

Sgamma says gas drilling doesn't produce enough air pollution to be harmful. So it doesn't make sense to make companies buy all the equipment and do all the paperwork required by these rules. She says the initiative is contrary to what the president has been saying about his commitment to increasing domestic energy production.

"While we hear some good rhetoric, we're still seeing an administration that is making it more difficult and costly to develop natural gas," she says.

That's just the point Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was making on the campaign trail earlier this month.

"This president has been an anti-energy president," he said.

Romney specifically criticized Obama for trying to overregulate fracking.

"The intent, of course, is to slow down the development of our own resources," he said.

The boom is slowing down — because there's so much natural gas already on the market and prices are at historic lows. One thing is for certain: This issue will keep coming up all the way until Election Day.

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