"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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ICANN's Call For New Domain Names Brings Criticism, And $357 Million

Jun 14, 2012
Originally published on June 14, 2012 6:01 pm

ICANN, the corporation that rules the Internet's address book, plans to increase the number of "top level" domains from the current 22 to 1,000 domains starting in early 2013. But not everyone is happy with that plan — and many say it's an open call to price-gougers and con artists.

Others complain that with 1,930 applications, ICANN — a non-profit corporation — raised just over $357 million. The U.S.-created entity was also in the news last spring, when it approved the .xxx domain.

The list of proposed new domains was released Wednesday. And it could mean that names like .app and .news will compete with today's .com and .org, for instance. Approved domains will join 280 existing geographic domains, such as .uk and .in. To have their new domain proposal evaluated, groups and businesses must pay a $185,000 application fee.

Critics of ICANN's "generic top-level domain program" say the application fee is too expensive, noting that many groups will be forced into buying domains related to their names, just to protect themselves. And they also fear that fraudulent operators will set up entire domains in which they can pass themselves off as an established company or group.

ICANN insists that won't happen — and it has set up an online forum to allow Internet users to comment on domain applications. Proposed domains are open to comments for 60 days, to be followed by several months of a probation-like period.

The newly applied-for domains offer a sort of cross-section of the Internet — what we use it for, and what companies see as money-making opportunities. The most highly contested names include .app (13 applications), .home (12), .art (11), and .shop (11). .Hotels also make an appearance, along with .cloud and .love (7 each), and .now (6 applications).

Two of the most active corporations were Google (101 domains) and Amazon (76). Google's choices ranged from the predictable — .android and .youtube — to the ambitious: .are; .baby (a surprise hit, with 5 other applications); .blog; .book; .fun; .game; .mail; .music; and .soy. The search giant also went for .lol and .goo.

Amazon wants to scoop up .author and .buy, along with .app, .search, .wow, and .zappos. And it seems destined to fight Google for .music and .mail, along with a reported 19 other domains that both corporations applied for.

The broad themes of many proposed domains are prompting complaints that corporations, or anyone with a spare $185,000, can form a monopoly on ideas and common nouns. That's led many critics to compare the plan to a landgrab, or even a gold rush.

Domain-name speculators made up a large portion of the applicants, as they sought to nail down domains they can resell later, either in whole or in part.

Donuts Inc., for instance, filed 307 applications — or $56.8 million worth — funded by venture capital and private equity funds.

Another company, Afilias, says it applied for 305 top level domains, either on its own behalf or for its clients. The company currently operates .info and .mobi, among other enterprises.

In a report for All Things Considered, NPR's Yuki Noguchi spoke to Roland LaPlante, a senior vice president at Afilias, about what companies want with the new domains.

"They'll have complete control over what goes on in their top level domain. And that means in those domains there will be no spam, no phishing, no malware, none of the other evil things that are happening on the Internet today," LaPlante told Yuki. "So there's a big security benefit to having your own top level domain, particularly if counterfeiting has been an issue for you."

But not every big corporation is vying to be part of the new system. In fact, 79 of them have signed a petition against ICANN's new top level domains, in a group organized by the Association of National Advertisers. The businesses include Coca-Cola, Hewlett-Packard, Samsung, Dell, Nestle USA, Dunkin Brands, Ford, Procter & Gamble, General Electric, Kellogg, and MillerCoors.

"The proposed ICANN program would permit applicants to claim virtually any word, generic or branded, as an Internet top-level domain," the group wrote in a statement. "This would strongly pressure brand owners at every level of business including small businesses, consumers, NGOs, charities and foundations to defensively buy and protect new top level domains."

It's worth noting that not all of those corporations are boycotting the domain process. Instead, they're hedging their bets. Johnson & Johnson, for instance, is applying for the .baby name.

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