"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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Turkey Expels All Syrian Diplomatic Staff, 'Most Significant' Such Move So Far

May 30, 2012

Turkey announced today that it is ordering all Syrian diplomats and their staffs out of the country, as it joins other nations in registering outrage about a massacre over the weekend that has been blamed on forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad.

While Turkey's decision follows similar actions on Tuesday by the U.S., U.K., France and other major nations, The Guardian says is "the most significant" such move so far because Turkey is "Syria's northern neighbor and a former ally."

Turkey also went further than other nations by ordering all Syrian diplomatic staff to depart within 72 hours. Other nations have only ordered Syria's top diplomats to leave.

In a statement, Turkey's foreign ministry said "it is out of the question to remain silent and without any reaction in the face of this action, which amounts to a crime against humanity."

Friday in Houla, Syria, more than 100 people — many of them women and children — were killed. Most were at close range, execution-style, according to the U.N. The Assad regime has blamed "terrorists." United Nations officials, however, dismiss that claim and say there's ample evidence pointing to Assad loyalists.

It's estimated that as many as 15,000 people, most at the hands of government forces and paramilitaries, have been killed in Syria since protests against the Assad regime began in March 2011.

The U.N. Human Rights Council is expected to hold a special session Friday to discuss the massacre in Houla. As the BBC reports, Russia remains "categorically against" foreign intervention in Syria and believes it would be "premature" for the U.N. Security Council to take any new steps regarding the situation.

Former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan has been trying to broker a peace deal.

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