"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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NPR Senior Washington Editor Indulges In The Forbidden Fruit Of "A Brave New World"

Jun 21, 2012
Originally published on October 16, 2012 2:41 pm

Last week, NPR Special Correspondent Susan Stamberg revealed a streak of "steamers" she managed to check out from her neighborhood library at age ten for our take on NPR Books' PG-13 series, where NPR staffers look back on the Young Adult novels that inspired their own coming-of-age moments.

Turns out, Susan isn't the only one around here guilty of giving in to the gripping pages of Young Adult fiction. NPR Senior Washington Editor Ron Elving shares this week what he found among the scholarly books on his father's book shelf:

"There were not a lot of novels lying around my home when I was growing up. There must have been a few classics kept here and there, possibly some leather-bound Sir Walter Scott, but I was not seduced by these. I had a Chicago library card from an early age, carrying home kid books about war heroes (John Paul Jones, George Armstrong Custer) and other bits of history pre-digested for juveniles.

"Then I began exploring the bookshelves in my father's study, where amidst sober tomes on religion and education I discovered a small paperback. The cover art showed a naked man and woman weeping and an angel with a sword. I figured out the naked people were Adam and Eve, but it would be many years before I realized the picture was "The Expulsion from the Garden of Eden," a Renaissance fresco by Masaccio.

"Anyway, it turned out the little book was not about Adam and Eve, or any other story from the Bible. It was a novel called Brave New World. I did not understand the title, of course, but the author's name, Aldous Huxley, was itself magical. The writing was unlike anything I had seen before, intensely British and hard to understand and clearly not for kids. All that made it more fascinating. And the barren world it described was dark, exotic and frightening. I had not ventured so far into anyone else's imagination before.

"This much of the book I understood: at some moment in the future, children were coming not from mothers but from test tubes. Their characteristics and capabilities were being engineered. People accepted this and much more while they submerged their misgivings in a drug called soma, which was not so much a habit as a lifestyle. Huxley's vision was meant to be horrific, but reading about it was irresistible.

"So I would gulp down doses of this when opportunity presented itself — which is to say when my parents were out — returning the book to its place, half-hidden between larger hardcovers. Not knowing why my father would have such a novel in the first place, I didn't want to answer any questions about how I'd found it or why I was reading it. Nor did I want it to be taken away. Besides, just being surreptitious about it was a big part of the deal. The fruit may have been forbidden only in my own mind, but that made it all the more delicious."

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