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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As Gunfire Echoes Inside Syria, A Cry For Help From A City Under Attack

Feb 7, 2012

With heavy machine gun fire in the background as he spoke from the Baba Amr section of Homs, Syrian citizen journalist and blogger Omar Shakir told Morning Edition co-host Renee Montagne earlier today that "we are asking for [an] SOS" and help from the International Red Cross to stop what he said has been the deadly shelling of his city by forces loyal to President Bashar Assad.

"There is no one with us," Shakir said.

And during the conversation, he had a message for Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who is in Syria for talks with Assad. Over the weekend, Russia and China blocked a draft resolution from the U.N. Security Council that would have condemned the Assad regime for the killing of Syrians in the past year and would have urged the Syrian president to step aside. Now Russia is trying to play some sort of diplomatic role in the crisis.

"I just want this Russian guy to come here inside Baba Amr," Shakir said, "and sleep one night if he can. ... We cannot sleep. ... We cannot find food. ... I just want him to come here inside Baba Amr and suffer as we suffer and see what we see."

People there have seen in the past three days, Shakir added, the deaths of "more than 60 martyrs" — Syrians killed in the shelling and gunfire aimed at the citizens of Homs by army forces.

Because independent journalists are not allowed to move about freely in Syria, news outlets are depending on reports from people as Shakir and on information collected by international human rights groups to offer a picture of what's happening inside Syria — where, according to the United Nations, government forces have killed more than 5,000 people in the nearly 12 months since protests against the regime began. Much of what people inside Syria report cannot be independently verified at this time, but they have been able to post a lot of information and videos on the Web to support their accounts. Ahmed Al Omran, a production assistant on NPR's social media desk, is curating news from Homs on his Twitter page.

According to al-Jazeera, "Lavrov began his meeting with Assad by saying that Moscow wanted the Arab people to live in peace. 'Every leader of every country must be aware of his share of responsibility. You are aware of yours,' Russia's state-run RIA quoted Lavrov as saying at the talks in Damascus. 'It is in our interests for Arab peoples to live in peace and agreement,' he continued. Lavrov was expected to use his visit to press Assad into implementing democratic reforms after Russia and China vetoed any UN-backed measures against the Syrian government over its crackdown on the 11-month uprising."

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