"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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Two Major East Coast Bridges Will Close Today For 'Delicate Maritime Ballet'

Jun 20, 2012
Originally published on June 20, 2012 3:37 pm

We don't do too many traffic reports, but this news has the potential to be both fascinating and frustrating — depending on whether you're watching from afar or stuck inside a gridlocked car:

The Chesapeake Bay Bridge that carries U.S. Route 50 traffic back-and-forth between Washington, D.C., and mid-Atlantic beaches will be closed for about 40 minutes today, starting around 1:15 p.m. ET, so that a cargo ship carrying four huge cranes can pass (safely, we hope) beneath the span.

About two hours later, the Key Bridge along Interstate-695 outside Baltimore will be closed for the same reason. It should be shut down for about 20 minutes.

This is happening, as fate would have it, on the hottest day so far this year in the region. Temperatures are headed into the mid-90s and it's going to feel like it's 100 or so thanks to the humidity.

Our advice: Don't go near there if you're trying to pass through. Find a cool place to hang out.

According to the Baltimore Sun, in the bay below the bridges "a delicate maritime ballet in two acts will play out." Authorities had to calculate just when to do all this based on the timing of low tides and how much hot temperatures will make the bridges sag.

They estimate, the Sun says, that "the space between the top of the cranes and the bottom of the bridges [will be] about six feet."

According to the Sun, the cranes are headed to the Port of Baltimore, stand 14-stories tall when upright, and "each weigh 1,550 tons and can reach 22 containers across on a cargo ship." The ship carrying them sailed from China on April 14.

Authorities aren't closing the bridges because they fear the ship will strike them, The Washington Post's Dr. Gridlock blog says. Rather:

"Traffic will be held to avoid rubbernecking and potential accidents, said John C. Sales, a spokesman for the Maryland Transportation Authority.

" 'We're doing it because we don't want drivers to be distracted by the sight of this large vessel with the cranes passing underneath,' Sales said."

Update at 3:30 p.m. ET: The ship made it under the Bay Bridge, according to the trackers at MarineTraffic.com.

The Sun has video here.

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