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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Donald Trump picked a military town — Virginia Beach, Va. — to give a speech Monday on how he would go about overhauling the Department of Veterans Affairs if elected.

He blamed the Obama administration for a string of scandals at the VA during the past two years, and claimed that his rival, Hillary Clinton, has downplayed the problems and won't fix them.

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A Basketball Wrap-Up, In Verse

Mar 17, 2012
Originally published on March 18, 2012 10:07 am


JACKI LYDEN, BYLINE: Every school invited to the NCAA basketball tournament has had a chance to play. So we thought we'd bring you details of every game. Well, maybe not details, but at least a mention from NPR's Mike Pesca. And what he lacks in specifics, he makes up for in rhyme.

MIKE PESCA, BYLINE: New Mexico beat Long Beach State by a final of 75-68, so Albuquerque's partying, but not so in Las Cruces, because New Mexico State lost their game to the Indiana Hoosiers. VCU and Kansas State both had thrilling wins, as did Florida State and the St. Louis Billikens. Coach Majerus has been in 12 tournaments, won a game in almost all. Skill, right? No, quote...

RICK MAJERUS: So it's sometimes the bounce of the ball.

PESCA: So humble, that Majerus - one of the game's great self-effacers. He's 1-0 just like Marquette and the Murray Racers. Baylor outshined the Jackrabbits of South Dakota State. Purdue and Colorado built big leads and held on late. When the spritely coach of Cincinnati said his players...

MICK CRONIN: ...just refuse to loose...

PESCA: Some might think the referees had the same attitude toward Syracuse. Georgetown beat up on Belmont. Wisconsin surmounted Montana. Louisville and Florida took a step towards the Final Four in Louisiana. Against top seed Carolina, Vermont was not so lucky. And it looks like the NBA draft is the only thing that can put a dent in Kentucky. Their Anthony Davis says a key is...

ANTHONY DAVIS: For our shooters to knock down shots and spread the game out.

PESCA: In other news, a lane violation helped Xavier knock Notre Dame out. Iowa State dispatched with the defending champ UConn. Cyclone coach Fred Hoiberg factually noted...

FRED HOIBERG: I thought that was fun.

PESCA: Thirteen seed Ohio faced down Michigan without fear. Coach Groce went on to note...

JOHN GROCE: Well, we're playing our best basketball of the year.

PESCA: The Bobcat coach is talking truth. He's not much of a bragger. Take your win in stride and play with pride, like N.C. State and Gonzaga. And now that Lehigh's won, how does your office pool look? From the little town of Bethlehem, the Mountain Hawks soared past mighty Duke. Another 2 seed, Norfolk State, wreaked chaos on many a bracket. Guard Chris McEachin noted that...

CHRIS MCEACHIN: The whole gym was ecstatic.

PESCA: But for little LIU, the Spartan's Draymond Green proved too much.


UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Day to day with another payday. And Michigan State finds a way whenever he gets a touch.

PESCA: Oh, look who's rhyming now. CBS, you're really reaching new lows. Like Charles Barkley's commentary, you should just stick to the pros. Sixteen more games this weekend means hoops as far as the eye can see.

Mike Pesca, NPR News, Nashville, Tennessee.


KURTIS BLOW: (Rapping) Basketball is my favorite sport. I like the way they dribble up and down the court. Just like I'm the king of the microphone, so is Dr. J and Moses Malone. I like slam dunks, take me to the hoop. My favorite play is the alley-oop. I like the pick-and-roll. I like the give-and-go. 'Cause it's basketball, Mr. Kurtis Blow.

UNIDENTIFIED GROUP: (Singing) They're playing basketball. We love that basketball.

LYDEN: This is NPR News. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.