"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.

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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 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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Romney Pivots To Education Platform In Seeking Latino Votes

May 23, 2012
Originally published on May 29, 2012 4:39 pm

Declaring that a "national emergency" exists in public education, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney shifted from his usual economic message to outline his education platform during a speech to a Latino business group Wednesday.

Romney pledged to provide federal funding for "every" child from low-income families, or those with special needs, to attend the public, public charter or, in some cases, private school of their parents' choice. The proposals are boilerplate Republican Party planks.

"Instead of just giving lip service to improving our schools, I will actually put the kids first and the [teachers] union behind in giving our kids better teachers, better options and better choices for a better future," said Romney.

Romney was addressing the annual economic summit of the Latino Coalition, held at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. After the economy, most Latinos in many polls identify education as their most important issue. Romney's message received a warm reception, particularly when he criticized the Obama administration's education policies.

"This president receives the lion's share of funding from organized labor, and the teachers' unions represent a massive source of funding for the Democratic Party," Romney said. "The challenge with that is when it comes to actual reform to make schools better for our kids, they talk a good game, but they don't do it."

Romney has turned his focus recently to making inroads with Latinos, the nation's largest minority group and fastest-growing group of voters. He's climbing a steep hill.

Romney angered many Latinos with his pledge to veto the Dream Act, if elected. The legislation, which failed in the Senate last year, would create a path to citizenship for young adults brought to America as children if they attend college or serve in the military. Romney also has called Arizona's strict immigration enforcement law — which has been appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court — a "model" for the nation.

In 2008, Obama won 67 percent of the Latino vote. On Wednesday, a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Telemundo poll of Latino respondents showed Obama leading Romney 61 percent to 27 percent.

Conventional political wisdom is that Romney must significantly cut into Obama's support among Latinos to have a chance at victory.

Last week, Romney visited Florida, where Latinos make up 13 percent of registered voters, and released his first television ads of the general election, including a Spanish-language version.

The 30-second spot, "Day One" or "Día Uno," outlines the three actions Romney would take in his first day in office: approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline; cut taxes and enact reforms to help "job creators"; and end "Obamacare."

Except for creating jobs, these promises don't match with Latinos' priorities, polls show. Latinos generally rank the economy and jobs first, followed by education, with immigration overhaul placing third or fourth, depending on the poll. Polls also show that a majority of Latinos favor Obama's health care law.

Ruth Sandoval, a self-employed management consultant who attended the speech, said she was pleased that Romney addressed education, given its importance to Latinos.

"The highest dropout rates are with Hispanics. Unless we have our community educated, we'll have a community on welfare," Sandoval said.

Romney's business background would be "valuable" in the White House, Sandoval said, adding that she's "not concerned" about the Obama campaign's attacks on Romney's record running Bain Capital: "I can't be mad at somebody for making money. That's everybody's dream." She added that no matter which candidate wins, "I think we're in for a long haul" before the economy recovers.

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