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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Cars Are Next Frontier For Sharing Services

Dec 27, 2013
Originally published on December 27, 2013 9:57 am

Following the popularity of companies like Airbnb, which rent out a client's house or apartment to people visiting the area, more companies are trying the idea with cars. Companies like Uber help find someone to drive you around like a taxi. Another will let you rent out your car like a Zipcar while you're at work.

Now FlightCar is trying to make its mark with car-sharing for travelers. Instead of paying to park at the airport, you can bring your car to FlightCar and park for free, and the company will try to rent it out while you're away. That way you and the company can make money from the rental.

Constance Mussells of Rhode Island pulls into the FlightCar parking lot near Boston's Logan International Airport. She's heading to Florida for vacation and is dropping off her 2002 Mercedes station wagon.

"I'm going away for a couple of weeks. I went online and I found this, and I thought I'd give it a shot," she says.

FlightCar's co-founder, Kevin Petrovic, 19, of New Jersey, was admitted to Princeton but deferred enrollment to help launch the company. Pretty quickly, Petrovic and his business partner, who's also 19, managed to raise about $6 million from venture capitalists in Silicon Valley.

"There's really no fundraising climate quite like the San Francisco Bay Area," Petrovic says. "It's just unequaled anywhere in the world. So that's why we went there, and that's why we raised most of the money there too. Because that's where people really I would say are crazy enough to dump massive amounts of money into this kind of thing and hope it works."

So far, FlightCar is operating at three airports — Boston, San Francisco and Los Angeles. It has run into a legal skirmish in San Francisco. After you drop your car off at FlightCar, a black Town Car taxi takes you to the airport for free, and the airport in San Francisco wants FlightCar to pay for drop-off rights.

The company is fighting that because it says it needs to keep costs as low as possible. Unlike Airbnb, where you might spend more than $1,000 to rent a house or apartment, there's less money involved with renting a car.

"We're not making money, we're not profitable — we're working on it," Petrovic says. "To be profitable in the rental industry, it's difficult. A lot of things you can only accomplish at scale, but we are working toward all those things."

Petrovic says at the San Francisco location, they're doing 70 or 80 transactions a day. And over Thanksgiving, the company had 300 cars parked or rented there.

In Boston, Jen Chaplin is just getting off a flight and picking up a Toyota Corolla to rent. She went online and picked FlightCar because of the price. The cost to rent the Corolla is $200 for 10 days — that's $20 a day.

So, can FlightCar make money renting cars that inexpensively while paying car owners and dealing with other expenses — which, by the way, includes a car wash? It'll return your car vacuumed and scrubbed down.

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