"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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Supreme Court Reaffirms Citizens United Decision

Jun 26, 2012
Originally published on June 26, 2012 8:25 am



The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down a Montana state law banning corporate campaign spending. In doing so, it reaffirmed its controversial Citizens United decision.

Montana Public Radio's Dan Boyce reports.

DAN BOYCE, BYLINE: Montana voters passed the ban on corporate spending in state races 100 years ago. They did so to limit the influence of powerful copper barons. The conservative group American Tradition Partnership sued the state following the 2010 Citizens United ruling.

Donald Ferguson is the group's executive director.

DONALD FERGUSON: When people come together and voluntarily associate they should have the right to speak freely without seeking permission or jumping through regulatory hoops.

BOYCE: A right which Ferguson says will now apply to both business and unions.

Montana's Democratic Attorney General Steve Bullock - who's also running for Governor this fall - defended the law before the state supreme court. He's frustrated the U.S. Supreme Court applied Citizens United to Montana's ban without a full hearing.

ATTORNEY GENERAL STEVE BULLOCK: It's really a sad day for democracy and all of us that want to believe that the Supreme Court is more than just another political body in Washington, D.C.

BOYCE: Both Montana's Democratic senators condemned the court's ruling as well, along with Governor Brian Schweitzer, also a Democrat. He believes the court is mistaken in saying corporations should have the same political free-speech rights as people.

GOVERNOR BRIAN SCHWEITZER: Well, I'll believe that when a corporation die on a battlefield for this country.

BOYCE: Schweitzer is calling on Congress to pass a constitutional amendment to undo Citizen's United.

For NPR News, I'm Dan Boyce in Helena, Montana. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.