"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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Republicans Zero In On Nebraska's U.S. Senate Seat

May 14, 2012
Originally published on May 14, 2012 9:24 am

Republicans hope to wrest control of the U.S. Senate in November from the majority Democrats, who have twice as many seats to defend this year. One state where the GOP has high hopes is Nebraska, where two-term incumbent Ben Nelson, a Democrat, is retiring. Voters from both parties will select their nominees Tuesday, and the Republican winner is likely to face a familiar face: former Democratic Sen. Bob Kerrey.

For Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning, it's been a heady spring. In March, he sat in the chambers of the U.S. Supreme Court as the challenge he helped lead to President Obama's health care law was argued. Now he is seen as the man to beat for the GOP Senate nomination. Bruning, 43, has made taking on the health care law a central part of his campaign narrative.

"This lawsuit, I gave birth to it along with some of my colleagues," Bruning says, "so I think I've proven that I'm willing to stand up. My opponents are talking about it. I don't blame them — I would, too. But Nebraskans know that I'm not just talking — I'm doing it."

All three of the major Republican candidates can tout endorsements from key conservatives. Bruning has former GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum's backing. State Sen. Deb Fischer recently received Sarah Palin's endorsement. And, State Treasurer Don Stenberg, who is making his third try for the Senate, has support from South Carolina Republican Sen. Jim DeMint and from the Club for Growth, which bought TV ads attacking Bruning.

In fact, according to calculations by the Omaha World-Herald, outside groups supporting Stenberg have spent some $2.1 million on ads attacking Bruning.

Stenberg points to last week's defeat of Republican Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana at the hands of the Tea Party's Richard Mourdock as a sort of template for Nebraska.

"I'd be the Richard Mourdock of the Nebraska race — the person who has the support of Club for Growth, U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint, FreedomWorks," Stenberg says. "Jon Bruning is the establishment candidate. He has the establishment money and establishment endorsements."

But Bruning dismisses the comparison, saying despite all Stenberg's outside help, he's likely to finish third Tuesday. Bruning says he's the candidate of conviction in this race.

"We do need to be able to work with each other, but as far as compromising my principles, I firmly believe we have to reduce the size and scope of our government," Bruning says. "We have too much government today, too much spending. We have $16 trillion in debt, so on that issue I'm not looking for compromise; I'm looking to figure out how to balance the budget."

There are few substantive differences between the candidates seeking the Republican nomination. All are conservatives in a deeply red state, says University of Nebraska political science professor Michael Wagner.

"There's not a whole lot of space between them in terms of how they would behave as a U.S. Senator to the best that we can tell," Wagner says. "Bruning is a little more ambitious and seems to be a little more willing to play the bipartisan game in a way that Stenberg doesn't seem as willing to play."

At a Mitt Romney campaign rally at an Omaha restaurant last week, a random sampling of voters showed some support for all three major candidates.

James Degner from Papillion said he'd be voting for Bruning for one reason: "Because I don't want to see Bob Kerrey in there. Send him back to New York where he came from. He's a disgrace to the state of Nebraska."

It's not likely many Nebraskans hold Kerrey, 68, in such contempt. The former Navy SEAL was awarded the Medal of Honor for his service in Vietnam and served as Nebraska's governor and as a two-term senator.

But Kerrey clearly has fences to mend after moving back to the state from New York, where he was president of The New School. On the eve of the filing deadline, after first rejecting entreaties from party leaders to run for the seat, Kerrey decided to jump in after all.

At an Omaha coffee shop, he seemed at ease with his decision.

"I personally think it's a good idea to leave and get the perspective from being on the outside," Kerrey says. "So it's easier for me to run for the Senate today than if I had spent the last 11 years in the body."

But whether Kerrey gets to spend any more time in the Senate is problematic. While he faces only token opposition Tuesday, any of the three major Republicans running are seen as likely to put the seat into GOP hands come November.

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