"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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Why Protesting Postal Workers Chose A Hunger Strike

Jun 26, 2012

Despite reports that a bit of starvation is just what the doctor ordered, a few of the postal workers expressing their dismay at Congress with a hunger strike are a little nervous.

"I'm not even sure I'm going to get through the four days," Community and Postal Workers United organizer Tom Dodge tells The Salt. "I've never even fasted before."

The dozen postal workers and their allies involved in the strike, which is taking place largely in the halls of Congress, are protesting a series of measures they say would "starve" the beleaguered U.S. Postal Service. They want Congress to drop an annual mandate requiring them to prefund healthcare benefits for future retirees. But it's their method rather than their message that's garnering attention.

Dodge says that the group – a nationwide organization unaffiliated with any of the four major postal unions – decided to employ the strongest political statement it could come up with.

"Our unions just aren't doing enough," he says. "Their whole game is to lobby the Congress members, but they've been doing that for a year and half and it's not gaining much traction." There have been numerous rallies and marches in cities across the country since last September, Dodge points out, but Congress is not budging.

Using a hunger strike, he says, seemed symbolically significant and sufficiently dramatic.

Which it is, if only for the fact that its rareness (in the U.S., at least) makes it a rather extreme tactic. Sure, the strategy is not without precedents — after all, Ghandi succeeded by launching several hunger strikes to protest British rule and Indian caste representation.

But there are contemporary examples, too, though the efficacy of the maneuver in modern times has been mixed. Ongoing intermittent hunger strikes among California prisoners since 2011, for example, has failed to sway state policies.

But will it work in this case?

Rep. Danny Davis, D-Ill., who co-sponsored the 2006 Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act, tells The Salt that he's willing to weigh the group's message during current Congressional deliberations.

"I'm influenced and swayed by lots of things," he says. "It's a matter of us influencing each other. I certainly support the positions, opinions and decisions of the postal workers."

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