"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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John Edwards: Once More With (Or Without) Feeling, He Takes Full Responsibility

Jun 1, 2012

Yesterday, after being acquitted of one of six campaign finance fraud charges against him and seeing the jury deadlock on the other five, John Edwards held a brief press conference in which he said this:

I want to make sure that everyone hears from me and from my voice that while I do not believe I did anything illegal or ever thought I was doing anything illegal, I did an awful, awful lot that was wrong. And there is no one else responsible for my sins. None of the people who came to court and testified are responsible, nobody working for the government is responsible. I am responsible. And if I want to find the person who should be held accountable for my sins, honestly, I don't have to go any further than the mirror. It's me. It is me, and me alone.

It is, in effect, a much longer and wordier (some might say "more lawyerly") version of something we talked about in this space when Anthony Weiner said it almost exactly a year ago.

"I take full responsibility."

As is usually the case, however, it's very difficult to tell what that means. He agrees to accept undetermined consequences? He agrees not to deny things that did, in fact, occur?

Or does it just mean, "I believe my road to redemption should officially start now"?

That road is likely to be long, to put it mildly. He's acknowledged fathering a child with Rielle Hunter while married to Elizabeth, who later died. And lying when caught. Consider the fact that statements defending him against the campaign finance charges came from people like Melanie Sloan of the nonprofit group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, who told NPR in April that he's not necessarily a criminal just because he's "a despicable and loathsome human being." Remember: that's the good publicity.

Given that long road, it's more than a bit odd to see him talking in the wake of his fraud trial — and within moments of all this responsibility-taking — about the fact that he gets breakfast ready for his kids. Is that ... extra-great? Who is supposed to give them breakfast? And what place does the mention of his late son have in this address? Why is he talking about how much he loves his "precious Quinn," the child he initially denied having fathered? Is there anyone who's in the mood for this?

And why does the windup and the closing sound so much like a stump speech — or at worst, a political concession speech?

I don't think God's through with me. I really believe he thinks there's still some good things I can do. And whatever happens with this legal stuff going forward, what I'm hopeful about is, all those kids that I've seen, you know in the poorest parts of this country, and in some of the poorest places in the world, that I can help them in whatever way I'm still capable of helping them. And I want to dedicate my life to being the best dad I can be and to helping those kids, who I think deserve help and who I hope I can help.

The problem that "full responsibility" addresses often have is that by the time you get to the place where John Edwards is now, people are tired of hearing you talk. They have the dreaded YTAF — You Talking Again Fatigue. And there's really only one cure, and that's the very welcome YBQ — You Being Quiet.

If Edwards really wants to be better thought of someday, which he surely seems to, celebrity history (and he is a celebrity at this point, whether that's what he wanted or not) demonstrates that the best path is to just ... embrace the You Being Quiet strategy. Attempt to be ignored for a while. Don't talk about what you're doing. Don't hold any press conferences of any kind.

And really, accept that taking full responsibility might mean owning the consequence that sometimes terrifies a famous person more than any other: being forgotten.

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