"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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It's The Day Of The National Spelling Bee Finals, A.K.A. Know-Nothing Thursday!

May 31, 2012
Originally published on May 31, 2012 11:39 am

The Scripps National Spelling Bee is down to the 50 semifinalists. Today at 10:00 Eastern, they'll compete in the semifinals (broadcast on ESPN2), and then tonight at 8:00, they'll hold the finals (broadcast on ESPN). You can also follow an online streaming version at ESPN online, but to be honest, it's an extremely cumbersome process that I haven't yet gotten to work for me. It requires you to go through a nasty, badly designed process to verify that you get cable, and at least in my case, it just throws errors every time I try to complete it, so don't count on being able to watch that way.

We have a history with the Bee here; we've liveblogged it for the last two years, and we'd be doing it again tonight — except that I have a conflict. (It might be a screening of Prometheus. Just might.) But you will be relieved, and probably utterly shocked, to learn that I am not the only nerd at NPR.

Thus, our plan is that I'll be following it during the day today — we can talk about it here, and I'll also undoubtedly talk about it on Twitter — and then tonight, a bunch of other NPR nerds who also love the Bee will take over the coverage over at our news blog, The Two-Way, where you will be able to chat in the comments with a lovely selection of NPR types, including, I believe, some of our copy editors (DUN!). I personally think this sounds like great fun, and while I'll miss all of you, I'm sure you will be equally joyfully nerdy in this setting.

By the way, if you watched the Bee with me last year, do you remember Arvind? We loved him. We loved him. (Though in fairness, we tend to love all of them. There aren't really any villains in the Bee.) This is Arvind. He tied for third place last year, and here's the key line from his bio: "He can sing 'The Elements' song by Tom Lehrer." He is in the semifinals. Consider me Team Arvind. (Although I also love, love, love Vanya Shivashankar, whom I remember watching as an aspiring wee thing back when her sister Kavya was the 2009 champion.)

So check back — chat in the comments, and head to The Two-Way this evening for the finals.

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