"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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No. 2 U.S. Commander In Afghanistan Would Like 68,000 Troops Into Next Year

May 30, 2012

(NPR Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman has been embedded with U.S. troops in Afghanistan this month. On Morning Edition, he reported from the eastern province of Ghazni about what's being called "the last major combat offensive of the Afghan War." Now, he tells us about his interview with the No. 2 U.S. officer in Afghanistan, Lt. Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti.)

One thing is certain. The number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan will drop by 23,000 by September. At that point, 68,000 U.S. troops will be serving in the country, fighting the Taliban and training Afghan soldiers and police.

Any further reductions are now at the center of a debate. It's all a game of numbers.

Polls showing that a majority of Americans want troops to come home faster after 11 years of war. Some White House officials reportedly would like to cut another 10,000 U.S. troops before year's end, and another 10,000 next year.

The top American officer, Gen. John Allen, is a bit more hesitant on troop cuts. He told the Senate Armed Services Committee in March that "significant combat power" will be needed next year. How many troops? The general said that he would have to complete an analysis for the White House, but that "68,0000 is a "good going-in number."

This week in Afghanistan during an interview, the No. 2 officer went further. Lt. Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti said he thought the U.S. should maintain that 68,000 troop number into next year.

Those troops, he said, will be needed to continue combat operations against stubborn Taliban safe havens, especially in eastern Afghanistan, and to train Afghan troops. Scaparrotti also said the Afghans next year will be taking control in districts around the country that are still troublesome, so the U.S. may be called on for more help.

Scaparrotti, who's in charge of day-to-day operations in the country, said the American command would be able to complete an assessment of the troops needed by year's end.

"I think when we get into the first of the year ... we'll have a better feel because we'll be down at [68,000 troops] ... and we'll have some time to look at it," he said. "At that time I can look at that assessment and know what we're probably going to need."

So, will there be 68,000 U.S. troops into next year?

"I think likely [68,000] from my personal perspective, at this point," he said.

And into next spring?

"Well, at least. I'm going to leave it at that," he said. "Personally, I would like to stay at 68,000 through the first part of the year. And then again we'll make an assessment ... and we'll decide what we need going forward."

A final answer from President Obama on how many U.S. troops will be needed in Afghanistan in 2013 and 2014 — the year the Afghans are supposed to take full control of their security — is likely months away, but the arguments already are being formed.

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