"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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Sean Jones, Jeff 'Tain' Watts On JazzSet

Jun 8, 2012
Originally published on July 9, 2014 10:32 am

Ohio-born trumpeter Sean Jones played lead for approximately five years with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis was a member of Sean's section. When was asked what he learned from Marsalis, Jones answered in two words: "work ethic."

Now 35-year-old Sean Jones is touring with the Marcus Miller group, an Associate Professor at Duquesne University and Oberlin Conservatory, Interim Artistic Director for the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, and leading his group in Detroit with music from his album No Need for Words.

He introduces each piece with a few, well, words about an aspect of love. "Forgiveness" is about one very personal relationship in Jones' life — his relationship with his father. He shares his story, and it's an honest one.

Drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts comes from Pittsburgh. Born in 1960, Tain is one of the great drum men of his generation. All About Jazz says, "Watts brings a rare sense of elegance, tried-by-fire composure, and a gritty street funk to his music." This summer he led his big band at The Jazz Standard in New York, and closed the Newport Jazz Festival with the David Gilmore group.

As the 2011 Artist in Residence, Watts came to Motown several times prior to the festival to coach students. On opening night, he led a one-time-only performance of his thunderous Drum Club representing Asia, the Caribbean and Africa with vibes, congas, percussion, tympani, and at least three massive drumkits on the outdoor stage. And later in the weekend, he led his Jeff Tain Watts Four. We have three tunes.

Watts says, "I'm always at home in Detroit. I'll come back anytime." But this set is his farewell as Artist in Residence at the 2011 Detroit Jazz Festival, and it's a joyful summation. We have highlights.

Watts Set List

  • "Monkey Paw Yelp"
  • "Gold Days"
  • "Attainment"

Watts Personnel

  • Jeff "Tain" Watts, drums
  • Marcus Strickland, tenor and soprano saxophones
  • Lawrence Fields, piano
  • Christian McBride, bass

Jones Set List

  • "Touch and Go"
  • "Forgiveness"

Jones Personnel

  • Sean Jones, trumpet
  • Brian Hogans, alto
  • Orrin Evans, piano
  • Luques Curtis, bass
  • Obed Calvaire, drums


Recording by Timothy Powell. Surround Sound by Duke Markos. Thanks to the 2011 Detroit Jazz Festival, Terri Pontremoli, artistic director.

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