"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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Silverdocs: The Scramble For Care In 'The Waiting Room'

Jun 21, 2012

Highland Hospital in Oakland has what's supposed to be an emergency room, and that's where the documentary The Waiting Room is set.

But as it turns out, at a big public hospital in Oakland, an ER only does so much actual trauma care; it only handles so many things you would usually think of as emergencies. The rest of the time, it functions as a primary care health provider that's not at all designed to be one — largely for people who have no insurance.

You meet a girl whose sore throat has become so serious that her neck is badly swollen and she can only open her mouth halfway. Her parents would have brought her to a regular doctor if they had one, or if they could afford it, but they're divorced and her father has been out of work for a year, so this is where she winds up — miserable, with a high fever and a racing heart rate, breathing through her mouth.

You meet a lovely young man and his girlfriend, who are doing what a lot of young, healthy people of limited means do: gambling on going without insurance. It's a plan that seemingly worked out all right until the day he was diagnosed with a testicular tumor.

You meet a man who's brought in after a night of heavy drug use, who even after he recovers physically can't be discharged because he has literally nowhere to go. A man who had a stroke a few days ago and can't get an appointment to see a regular doctor for a follow-up. A carpet-layer with terrible back pain who needs surgery but has to settle for pain medication — reliance on which, of course, carries its own risks.

All these people wind up using the ER as their primary doctor, essentially, for economic reasons, and it's easy to see that they often wind up getting much more expensive care than they would have needed if they could just see doctors at the doctor's office like people with insurance do. It's a lot cheaper to treat a kid for low-level strep throat, after all, than it is to wait until she needs to sit in the ER with an IV in her arm.

The Waiting Room contains no narration and no talking-head interviews with experts. It suggests no specific solutions. It has one goal and one goal only, and that is to vividly illustrate what the system we have right now looks like in the ER of a large public hospital – a place one doctor calls "an institution of last resort."

The film's real thesis, I think, is that this way of doing things is both more expensive and worse at providing care than any system you could invent where people see doctors before they're in a state that takes them to the ER.

As depressing as the state of affairs proves to be at Highland, the film is terrific; they've smartly selected both the staff members who participate — Dr. Doug White and Certified Nurse Assistant Cynthia Johnson are two of the more engaging personalities I've seen in workplace documentaries lately — and the patients to follow.

The Waiting Room is often dryly funny; it's very tense at times; it's emotional, and it's not didactic, which it easily could have been. It is frustrating, to be sure, but that's sort of the point.

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