"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 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.

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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 made disparaging comments about him in several media interviews. He tweeted late Tuesday that she "has embarrassed all" with her "very dumb" comments 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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Pentagon Condemns Actions Of Soldiers Posing With Suicide Bombers' Remains

Apr 18, 2012
Originally published on April 18, 2012 2:21 pm

Photos obtained by the Los Angeles Times that appear to show U.S. Army paratroopers posing with the remains of suicide bombers in Afghanistan "undermine the daily sacrifices of thousands of ISAF troops who continue to serve honorably in Afghanistan," the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan says in a statement released this morning.

Gen. John Allen, commander of the International Security Assistance Force, also says "this behavior and these images are entirely inconsistent with the values of ISAF and all service members of the 50 ISAF countries serving in Afghanistan." It is "being thoroughly investigated by U.S. national authorities. ... As part of this process, we will determine responsibility and accountability of those involved."

The U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, Ryan Crocker, and a Pentagon spokesman have also condemned the soldiers' actions. NPR's Tom Bowman tells us that George Little, the Pentagon's press secretary, has emailed reporters to say that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta "strongly rejects the conduct depicted in these two-year old photographs. ... Anyone found responsible for this inhuman conduct will be held accountable in accordance with our military justice system."

The Times didn't post its story and any of the photos on its website until just within the last few minutes. But prior to that you could see the first section of the story on the Newseum's "Today's Front Pages" webpage.

The Times identifies the soldiers as being members of the 82nd Airborne Division and reports that they posed for such photos at least twice. In once incident, the Times writes, "two soldiers posed holding a dead man's hand with the middle finger raised. ... Someone placed an unofficial platoon patch reading 'Zombie Hunter' next to other remains and took a picture."

The Times says the U.S. Army launched an investigation after the newspaper "showed officials copies of the photos, which recently were given to the paper by a soldier from the division." The incidents reportedly happened in 2010.

In Little's email, he adds that Panetta:

"Is also disappointed that despite our request not to publish these photographs, the Los Angeles Times went ahead. The danger is that this material could be used by the enemy to incite violence against U.S. and Afghan service members in Afghanistan. U.S. forces in the country are taking security measures to guard against it."

The newspaper writes that:

"Times Editor Davan Maharaj said, 'After careful consideration, we decided that publishing a small but representative selection of the photos would fulfill our obligation to readers to report vigorously and impartially on all aspects of the American mission in Afghanistan, including the allegation that the images reflect a breakdown in unit discipline that was endangering U.S. troops.' "

News of the photos follows the report in January of a video showing four U.S. Marines urinating on the bodies of dead Taliban fighters, and the anger in Afghanistan during February and March after it was learned that U.S. military had mistakenly burned a Quran. The Quran burning led to protests and apparently sparked some deadly attacks on U.S. military personnel.

It also follows the deaths of 17 Afghan civilians who were allegedly gunned down by a U.S. Army sergeant.

Update at 2:25 p.m. ET. Comment From White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.

Aboard Air Force One today, the White House spokesman told reporters:

"I would simply echo the comments from the Pentagon that the conduct depicted in those photographs is reprehensible. It does not in any way represent the standards, the high standards of the U.S. military. And the President certainly shares in the Defense Secretary's opinion that this needs to be investigated, and it will be investigated, and that those responsible will be held accountable.

"Having said that, we're also very disappointed that — or at least I will echo what the Defense Department said about the decision made to publish these photographs two years after the incident. But that's another story."

Update at 12:55 p.m. ET. More From Panetta:

A moment ago in Brussels, where he is attending a NATO conference with other officials, Panetta repeated that he strongly condemns "what we see in those photos. ... The behavior that was depicted in those photos absolutely violates our regulations and more importantly, our core values."

Panetta said the incidents are being investigated and that "wherever those facts lead," those responsible will be held accountable if they violated rules or regulations.

The defense secretary added that "this is war ... and I know that war is ugly and it is violent. And I know that young people sometimes [are] caught up in the moment [and] make some very foolish decisions." But, he added, "I'm not excusing that."

He also repeated that he wishes the Times had not published the images because "those kinds of photos [have been] used by the enemy to incite violence and lives have been lost due to their publication."

His words, said Panetta, are an "apology on the behalf of the department of defense."

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