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.

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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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With Gunman Dead, France Probes For Answers

Mar 23, 2012



It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm David Greene. Good morning.

Mohamed Mehra, the self-confessed gunman who terrorized the French city of Toulouse, was killed yesterday in a shootout with French police. Authorities had hoped to bring him in alive, to find out what drove him to commit the attacks that left seven dead, including three children at a Jewish school. Now, France is left to wonder whether its intelligence services missed signs that could've prevented the tragedy. NPR's Eleanor Beardsley sends this report.


ELEANOR BEARDSLEY, BYLINE: That's the shootout Thursday morning that ended Mohamed Mehra's killing spree, and his life. The 23-year-old confessed to shooting three children and a teacher at a Jewish school, as well as three paratroopers of North African origin. Mehra told police he was proud to have brought France to its knees, and only regretted not killing more people. The country is now trying to come to grips with how a young man born and raised in this peaceful, southern city could have been driven to commit such heinous crimes.


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BEARDSLEY: This video of Mehra, taken a year and a half ago, has been playing on French TV. It shows him smiling and hamming it up as he drives a sports car around in a dusty parking lot. Mehra was raised by a single mother who immigrated from Algeria. Childhood friends describe him as the boy next door - fun-loving and even a polite teenager who was interested in cars, girls and soccer.

But the man the French media is calling Jekyll and Hyde had another side. By age 15, he was committing petty crimes. At 19, he spent time in prison, where he was apparently introduced to extremist ideologies.

In 2010 and '11, Mehra traveled to Pakistan and Afghanistan. He was put under surveillance upon his return, and even questioned by officials last November, but nothing more. Mehra's brother is also a known Salafist.

Now, there is a debate over whether French intelligence services did their job properly, especially as it has emerged that Mehra was on a U.S. no-fly list. Mehra's mother, brother and brother's girlfriend are still being held for questioning. And the investigation continues as France tries to uncover whether Mehra acted alone, or had accomplices.

Eleanor Beardsley, NPR News, Paris. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.