"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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A Well-Worn Path, But The Journey Has Its Pleasures

Jun 28, 2012

From two who brought us those sensitive little human dramas, Star Trek and Transformers, comes a sensitive, decent, well-crafted little drama about frailty and forgiveness.

No, really: In his first outing as a director, writer-producer Alex Kurtzman has filled in a heavily worn premise with wit, heart and — along with Roberto Orci and Jody Lambert — a lively way with ordinary speech.

People Like Us begins unpromisingly, with the death from cancer of a man with two families. That comes as news to his more-or-less estranged son, Sam (Chris Pine), a fast-talking salesman of the kind who pumps his fist and yells "Yes!" when sealing a shady deal.

But you can tell there's more to Sam than bluster by the pain in his abundantly lashed green eyes, and the blossoming stubble on his chin when things fall apart.

Sam grew up in his father's house, but the two were never close. Even after he's gone, Sam nurses a massive grudge against the old man — and a smaller one against his mother, an exhausted ruin played without a shred of vanity by Michelle Pfeiffer.

When the family lawyer (Philip Baker Hall) hands over $150,000 in cash, to be delivered to a sister Sam never knew existed, the angry young man tracks the mystery sibling, Frankie (Elizabeth Banks), to an AA meeting in downscale Los Angeles.

In a plot contrivance I wasn't sure the movie could sustain, Sam keeps their kinship to himself, worming his way into Frankie's life by way of her precocious, troubled young son, played by Michael Hall D'Addario, a feisty little man whose kewpie lips, throaty rasp and don't-mess-with-me stare reminded me bizarrely of Cher.

Rather improbably for a recovering lush, Frankie works in a bar, and like many movie single mothers she comes dressed as if she's trying to rattle the cages of the entire Harper Valley PTA.

But she's a good parent and a stand-up person, and there's a lot to like about this prickly toughie, not least because Banks dances so nimbly from funny to forlorn to corrosively bitter.

Inevitably, Sam and Frankie will learn that they have more in common than they thought possible. People Like Us breaks no new emotional ground, and perhaps there's little to say about ruptured families except that (sorry, Tolstoy) each is unhappy in its own way.

Only here it really is the journey that counts. The pleasure lies in the movie's long meander to reconciliation and domestic realignment, observed from the heart and with a low-key attention to detail.

The phantom family is a common-enough Hollywood premise, but aside from the hoary old evil-twin gambit, sibling stories are often dismissed as a poor sell, in part because they pretty much rule out sexual possibility. People Like Us does pause — briefly but without coyness or insinuation — to consider the erotic confusion between two attractive people, only one of whom knows they have a blood tie.

Mostly, though, Frankie and Sam's growing closeness speaks eloquently to the yearning many of us have to close a gap with an estranged brother or sister. Beyond that, the emotional terrain of People Like Us encompasses the loneliness of the only child, and to the undying fantasy of the perfect parent so many of us feel cheated of even when our fathers and mothers turn out to have done their limited best.

How that fantasy resolves for Frankie and Sam may be fairly standard procedure. But along the way to reconciliation, People Like Us does what pop culture does best, which is to give a face and voice to the common hurts and losses of life, and offer them to us to share.

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