"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 Would You 'Picture The South'?

Jun 22, 2012
Originally published on June 22, 2012 2:57 pm

Since 1996, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta has been hiring photographers with a very basic assignment, completely open to interpretation: Picture the South. It's a clever way for the museum to both build its collection and encourage artists to find inspiration in the region. And the results vary widely.

"It would be really hard to hang all these projects side by side," says Brett Abbott, curator of photography at the museum.

Except — that's exactly what they're doing. An exhibit that opened June 9 features work by the three most recently commissioned photographers: Shane Lavalette, Kael Alford and Martin Parr.

Past commissions by the High Museum include Sally Mann, Alex Webb, Emmet Gowin and Richard Misrach, all pretty big names — with pretty big differences.

"That's what's fun about it," says Abbott, who has been with the museum a bit over a year. "Each perspective on the South is going to be subjective, and it's going to be entirely different from the next. A Southerner's perspective is going to be different from a ... British citizen's perspective. And it's the sum of all these perspectives that becomes very interesting."

These three photographers are a case in point:

Shane Lavalette, 25, was born and raised in the Northeast and, Abbott says, takes a more "lyrical approach" to the region. He traveled to several states, exploring the legacy of Southern music traditions.

Photojournalist Kael Alford had already been documenting the American Indian enclaves of Iles de Jean Charles and Pointe-aux-Chenes in Louisiana. As the museum puts it:

"Alford has evocatively recorded the landscape and its native inhabitants who tenaciously persevere in their way of life on ancestral ground that is sinking into the Gulf of Mexico at an alarming rate. Severely damaged by gas and oil extraction and battered by storms, the marshlands are in a tenuous state."

And Martin Parr, on the other end of the stylistic spectrum, is a renowned British documentary photographer known for garish color and exaggerated perspective. His website says as much.

"The three that were selected for this round are special because they are so different from each other," says Abbott.

Indeed, a corn dog glistening with ketchup couldn't be more different from an eroding coastline. But maybe there's something there, some inexplicable Southern magic — that ties them together. Or maybe it's just geography.

How would you picture the South?

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