"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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Wal-Mart Pulls Out Of Group That Advocates 'Stand Your Ground' Laws

May 31, 2012
Originally published on May 31, 2012 2:31 pm

Wal-Mart has joined the list of major corporations withdrawing their support from a conservative political group that advocates the "Stand Your Ground" laws that came under intense focus after the Trayvon Martin killing became a national story.

"The American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC," as The Associated Press writes, "is made up of a group of lawmakers and private sector officials and has become a lightning rod for political debate in recent months. Wal-Mart has been a member since 1993."

Last month, NPR's Peter Overby reported, "a coalition of liberal and civil rights groups went public with a campaign to undermine" ALEC. In the first week or so of that effort, "seven corporations — Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Mars, Kraft Foods, McDonalds, Wendy's and the software maker Intuit — dropped their memberships in ALEC. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation said it won't give ALEC any more grants, though one already under way [would] continue."

Late Wednesday, the AP reports, Maggie Sans, Wal-Mart's vice president of public affairs and government relations, sent a letter to ALEC. The giant retailer, she said, is concerned that ALEC has been getting involved in issues that "stray from its core mission 'to advance the Jeffersonian principles of free markets.' "

"To that end, we are suspending our membership in ALEC," she wrote.

ALEC issued a statement saying it is "disappointed," but understands "the unique pressures they [Wal-Mart] are under," the AP says.

Stand Your Ground laws, as we've written, basically get rid of the English Law concept of a "duty to retreat" from a situation that is dangerous outside your home.

Martin, 17, was shot and killed in Sanford, Fla., on Feb. 26 by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer. Zimmerman, who has since been charged with second-degree murder, has claimed he acted in self defense. Florida is among 17 states that have enacted Stand Your Ground statutes since 2005.

Martin's family and supporters allege Zimmerman racially profiled the African-American teenager, and followed him despite a police dispatcher's advice not to do that — negating an Stand Your Ground defense. Zimmerman had called police to report a "suspicious" man in his neighborhood.

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