"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 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 made disparaging comments about him in several media interviews. He tweeted late Tuesday that she "has embarrassed all" with her "very dumb" comments 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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Video Of Children Portraying Adult Criminals Is Withdrawn In Mexico

Apr 20, 2012

A video that caused a sensation in Mexico for using child actors to highlight the country's social and political challenges has been removed from both YouTube and the website of Nuestro Mexico Del Futuro (Our Mexico of the Future), the group that produced it.

The short film, titled "Niños Incómodos," found a huge audience immediately after its release. Despite being online for less than one week, it was viewed more than 1.8 million times, as we reported.

After the removal of the video, Our Mexico of the Future did not respond to a request for comment from NPR. The film is still available on the Noticias MVS site's YouTube channel — where it starts at the 41-second mark. MVS journalist Luis Cardenas also discusses the film and the debate it sparked.

The video's title seems to be a takeoff on Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth -- which was released as Una Verdad Incómoda in Spanish-language markets.

And it seems the hyper-realistic "mockumentary" went too far for some Mexican politicians, who complained the filmmakers were irresponsible in using children to portray violence and corruption. In particular, politicians and child welfare groups said the video's producers took advantage of the children when it showed them holding guns and cigarettes, and indulging in lawless behavior.

The push to remove the video came from Mexico's opposition Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and other parties. PRI's presidential candidate, Enrique Peña Nieto, is considered the favorite to replace President Felipe Calderón in the July 1 election, in which voters will also elect hundreds of legislators.

Writing at the site La Verdad de Tamaulipas, Luis Lauro Carrillo says that members of the Chamber of Deputies (roughly equivalent to the U.S. House of Representatives) asked Mexico's Interior Ministry to ban the video on the grounds that it violates human rights. Other sites have confirmed that version of events.

The reasons for the video's removal came as a surprise to some observers of Mexican politics, who had assumed it might come under fire for possibly violating rules against political films in an election season. And the origins of the film have been questioned, as well — its backers include insurance giant Grupo Nacional Provinical.

"It's funded by wealthy men," Temple history professor Arthur Schmidt tells The Philadelphia Inquirer, "but it's hard to locate its political viewpoint." One thing left out of the picture, he says, is "the United States, the chief consumer of the drugs, the chief source of the weapons."

Mexican cable news channel Milenio says that when it asked Our Mexico of the Future about the video's removal, a representative said the group had no comment, and that it will now focus on the "visions" for Mexico that the video's audience sent in.

When it was first posted online, the mockumentary's viewers were invited to write or record their own ideas about how to solve Mexico's problems, and send them to the group — which pledged to compile them and send them to the country's leading political parties.

The video ends with a group of children gathering in front of a black backdrop, as a young girl faces the camera to address Mexico's presidential candidates — Nieto, Josefina Vazquez Mota, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, and Gabriel Quadri — by their first names.

The girl says in Spanish, "If this is the future waiting for me, I don't want it."

On its website, Our Mexico of the Future claims to have received more than 10.6 million submissions, in which Mexicans discuss how to improve life in their country.

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