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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Grandmother In High-Profile Shaken Baby Case Has Sentence Commuted

Apr 6, 2012

A California grandmother convicted of shaking her 7-week-old grandson to death will not return to jail, because Gov. Jerry Brown has commuted her sentence.

On March 29, NPR's Joseph Shapiro and ProPublica's A.C. Thompson told the story of Shirley Ree Smith, who had already spent years in prison until the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals set aside her sentence after finding her case was likely "a miscarriage of justice." A series of appeals later, she was facing a return to prison.

But an investigation of her case by NPR, ProPublica and PBS Frontline found that a senior medical examiner in the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office sharply questioned the forensic evidence used to convict her.

This afternoon, Brown commuted her sentence.

"In light of the unusual circumstances in this particular case, the length of time Ms.Smith has served in prison, and the evidence before me that Ms.Smith has been law-abiding since her release from prison, I conclude that reducing her sentence to time served is appropriate," Brown said in his order.

NPR's story was part of Post Mortem, NPR's series with ProPublica and PBS Frontline, examining flawed autopsies and death investigations.

Update at 8:08 p.m. ET. 'Deeply Grateful':

"I'm so glad I don't have to go back to that place. It's so horrible."

That's what Smith told ProPublica after she heard the news. ProPublica adds:

Dennis Riordan, one of Smith's lawyers, thanked the governor. 'We're deeply grateful for the governor's actions in commuting Shirley's sentence, thereby saving an innocent woman from going back to serve a life sentence she should never have been given in the first place,' the attorney said.

From the start, Smith has maintained her innocence, insisting that she didn't harm her 7-week-old grandson, Etzel Glass, who stopped breathing in a Van Nuys apartment and was pronounced dead by a doctor at a nearby hospital.

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