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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Gay Marine's Kiss Was 'Four Years Of Pent-Up Emotion And Secret Love'

Feb 28, 2012

When he returned from Afghanistan and saw his partner waiting to welcome him home, "four years of pent-up emotion and secret love" just seemed to naturally lead to "what felt like an eternity kiss," Marine Sgt. Brandon Morgan told NPR this afternoon.

In a conversation with All Things Considered producer Art Silverman, part of which will be broadcast on the show later today, Morgan discussed the kiss and the now viral photo that we blogged about Monday.

"I looked to my left" and saw Dalan Wells, his partner, Morgan said. "My legs started going numb ... and I didn't care who was around. ... I wanted to show him how much I cared for him." They've known each other for four years.

And the post-kiss reaction sparked by the photo's posting on the Web has made him "very hopeful," Morgan said, "because even though there's been a lot of negative responses, the positive responses have been overwhelming."

The "don't ask, don't tell" policy that had barred openly gay men and women from serving in the U.S. military ended last September.

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Here's a news item that we expect will soon not be considered news at all, but for now it is. It's a kiss, a passionate kiss. And a photo of that kiss has gone, as they say, viral.


Last week in Hawaii, Marine Sergeant Brandon Morgan returned home from deployment in Afghanistan. A friend captured him on camera, fatigues and all, kissing a man, Dalan Wells. Sergeant Morgan appears to have leapt into his arms. He's clinging to Wells. Behind them, a huge American flag draped across the airplane hanger.

SIEGEL: Sergeant Morgan told us about that moment.

SERGEANT BRANDON MORGAN: Because it is a homecoming. After four years of knowing each other and then starting a relationship within the last couple months of being deployed. So I wanted to show him how much I cared for him. And that's just has not been made very, very popular but it's been four years of just pent up emotion and secret love.

SIEGEL: Now, not only have thousands of people witnessed a spontaneous expression of life after Don't Ask Don't Tell, they also witnessed a big moment in a love story. As you might have gathered, this was their first kiss.

CORNISH: A group called Gay Marines posted the picture on its Facebook Page, and it has accumulated likes in the tens of thousands. Sergeant Morgan addressed the broader significance of the moment on a Hawaii TV station, KHON.

MORGAN: We haven't fought for more rights or better rights than others, we fought for equal rights and now we have them.

SIEGEL: As for how the Marines responded, a statement from the Marine Corps in Hawaii is simple. It says: The picture is your typical homecoming photo.

Sergeant Morgan says the response from around the world has been incredible and only some of it critical.

MORGAN: There's always going to be a few people who try to ruin it but they can't. It's impacted me and it's changed my whole view of hope. I'm very hopeful because even though there's been a lot of negative responses, the positive ones have been overwhelming.

CORNISH: The Marine and his boyfriend are not the first widely-publicized gay couple to kiss at a military homecoming. This past December, two women in the Navy shared a traditional first kiss on the dock after a ship had landed.

The Don't Ask, Don't Tell Policy that had barred openly gay men and women from serving in the military ended last September. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.