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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California Students Push For Removal Of Syrian From Foundation

Mar 16, 2012

The student council at the University of California Irvine approved a resolution Thursday demanding that Dr. Hazem Chehabi, Syria's honorary consul in Southern California, be removed from the post of chair at the UC Irving Foundation, which supports the school and is trying to raise $1 billion for it.

The non-binding resolution cites:

-- The "deadly violence" used by the regime of President Bashar Assad "against peaceful protesters."

-- That "Hazem Chehabi serves as an official representative of a foreign
regime that continues to commit crimes against humanity" and has "continuously refused to step down as the Syrian Honorary Consul General or condemn the killing of innocent civilians by the Syrian regime."

-- And that "the continued tenure of Hazem Chehabi directly contradicts the
values and goals the University wishes to establish as a beacon for human rights protection."

It then goes on to "demand the University ... uphold its values and take a stand for human rights and the accessibility of freedom and democracy for everyone" by taking "the necessary actions to remove Hazem Chehabi from his position as Chair of the Board of Trustees."

NPR's Amy Walters, who has been following the debate over Chehabi's position on the foundation, spoke with him last summer. She reported that:

"Although Dr. Chehabi agreed to meet with NPR, he refused to be recorded. He won't discuss the Assad regime, but says personally, he opposes the shooting of unarmed civilians."

Amy also reported last summer that University Chancellor Michael Drake "declined NPR's interview requests, but offered a written statement, saying the university appreciates Dr. Chehabi's support. He also expressed outrage at the violence in Syria."

Our colleagues at KPCC add that "in a response to his critics, Chehabi [has written in the past] that his consular position is volunteer-based, that he is not paid by the Syrian government and that he has no ties to the Assad regime."

As Amy reported, however, Chehabi told her that he and Assad grew up together and were still meeting as of last summer.

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