"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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Weekly Standard: A Small College Fights Health Law

Jun 21, 2012

Joshua Carback is an editor at the student newspaper at Geneva College.

While many Catholic organizations are suing Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius over the Obama administration's new contraception rules, unhappiness with the supposed HHS mandate "compromise" runs even deeper. Many Protestant institutions are also trying to overturn the compromise that coerces private religious institutions to fund health insurers who can provide beneficiaries with abortion-inducing drugs.

Among these Protestant institutions is Geneva College, a small Christian liberal arts institution of about 1,800 students founded by the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America (RPCNA), located just north of Pittsburgh.

Geneva is certainly no stranger to the task of feuding with the federal government on matters of constitutionality and religious freedom. The school first became notable for its fierce resistance toward the federal government after the passing of the Fugitive Slave Act in 1850, occurring shortly after the college was founded.

Geneva has joined hands with the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) — a coalition of Christian lawyers who litigate on matters regarding religious freedom — in pressing suit. ADF estimates that it would cost Geneva $500,000 annually in fines (about a $2,000 fine per employee) should the college choose to violate the mandate out of conscience.

"It's not a compromise," says Dr. Thomas Copeland, professor of political science at the college. "Fundamentally, religious institutions still have to pay for it; it just puts a layer of paperwork between the insurance company and the employee."

"The best word to describe how he has treated Christians is 'trampling,'" says Leah Achor, a senior studying political science at Geneva. "I think there's a backlash across the county, and people who know about this mandate will not be okay with the way that Obama has put this in place."

But not everyone at Geneva supports the college's stance on this matter. Dr. David Guthrie, professor of higher education and sociology, expressed reservations about the lawsuit, complaining of the incivility he believes may accompany discussions of abortion, including on Christian college campuses.

As Republicans hope Mitt Romney will dismantle what they believe to be one of the most harmful presidencies in this nation's history, one thing is clear: religious conservatives, and even many religious social moderates, are very upset. Obama's actions have brought together various religious groups with theological differences that might otherwise have kept them apart.

President Obama's 2008 campaign coalition was, at least in part, built around his ability to win over moderate Catholics and Protestants. With Protestants and Catholics coming together to oppose the president's HHS, Obama has made prospects of rebuilding his successful 2008 coalition more unlikely.

Solidarity between organizations such as the Catholic Church and the National Association of Evangelicals, as well as the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America and others on this issue, clearly indicates that the contraceptive rule has a cost.

With multiple religious factions fighting the HHS mandate, it is possible the rule will be overturned in court, or simply by pressure from religious groups. But relief might take another form: the election of Mitt Romney as president of the United States in November.

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