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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On To The Final Four: Louisville, Ohio State Win

Mar 25, 2012
Originally published on March 25, 2012 4:04 pm



In NCAA men's basketball, the Louisville Cardinals and Ohio State Buckeyes have qualified for the Final Four. Later today, two more teams will join them after Kentucky plays Baylor and Kansas faces North Carolina. With so much basketball peppered with reversals and upsets, it's hard to deny the madness of March. But, as NPR's Mike Pesca reports, most coaches try desperately to keep it at bay.

MIKE PESCA, BYLINE: The Washington Post says "21 Jump Street" deserves to be noticed. USA Today says "21 Jump Street" is that rare comedy that's funny throughout. Everyone's raving. Well, not everyone.

JOHN CALIPARI: There were some of the stupidest things in this movie I've ever seen.

PESCA: Coach John Calipari took his Kentucky Wildcats to see "21 Jump Street" on Thursday night as a slate of other tournament games were taking place. By going to the movies, Calipari accomplished his goal.

CALIPARI: Now, the added thing was they also could not watch the other games. The movie was awful, but it did get us out.

PESCA: Calipari's like a lot of other coaches in the tournament. They'd like to convince their teams they're not in a tournament. It's just one more basketball game, says Calipari. Lehigh coach Brett Reed plays a different mental game, posting a four-team bracket in the locker room, telling his players those are the only games in the world. Most every coach steers their players away from watching too much March Madness during March Madness. And players, like NC State's Lorenzo Brown, clearly get the message.

LORENZO BROWN: I mean, we were watching the ESPN this morning, and they were talking about us. And he told me to turn the channel 'cause he didn't want to hear about it anymore.

PESCA: Although Brown's head coach, Mark Gottfried, is one of the few who will allow the players a moment to soak in the scenery.

MARK GOTTFRIED: I wanted them to be excited. They should be excited. I've always said this is the greatest show on earth.

PESCA: Of course, NC State was a low seed that won two games they weren't supposed. Often times it's top seeds that can't enjoy the madness. After North Carolina won its second game, head coach Roy Williams said:

ROY WILLIAMS: When you go to Sweet 16, it's supposed to be a lot more fun than this, huh?

PESCA: UNC was reeling from the injury to their starting point guard, Kendall Marshall. So, in the next round, were the Tar Heels ready to enjoy things?

WILLIAMS: We got to get some joy in Mudville, because our locker room wasn't as happy as we had liked for it to be with you're in the final 8.

PESCA: Unhappy in the Sweet 16, joyless in the Elite Eight. Unfortunately, for Roy Williams, there are more synonyms for forlorn than there are rounds left to play. It seems that the teams can't enjoy the tournament until they're out of it. But being out of it seems least enjoyable of all. That's why everyone's desperate to get to New Orleans. At least one of the four teams will end the season on a win. As for the others, I hear that Will Ferrell's Spanish movie is playing at a multiplex near the Superdome. Mike Pesca, NPR News.


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