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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High Court To Reconsider Major Human Rights Ruling

Mar 5, 2012
Originally published on March 5, 2012 6:24 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday that it will hear reargument next term in a major human rights case, raising the specter that the justices might reverse a 2004 ruling that allowed some lawsuits in U.S. courts for human rights atrocities committed abroad.

In 2004, the Court, by a 6-to-3 vote, upheld the use of a 1789 U.S. law that allows civil damage suits against foreign individuals accused of committing human rights atrocities abroad. The Alien Tort Statute was enacted by the first Congress and aimed mainly at pirates accused of violating the law of nations. In 2004, the Supreme Court said the law could similarly be used against individuals accused of war crimes, genocide and torture. The court said that in modern times the torturer has become like the pirate and the slave trader of earlier times,"an enemy of all mankind."

That left unresolved whether corporations could face similar suits in U.S. courts, a question that was presented in a case against Shell oil and argued last week in the Supreme Court.

Nigerian citizens who had won political asylum in the U.S. sued Shell, contending it conspired with the Nigerian goverment to suppress opposition, using torture, extra-judicial killing, and genocide.

But during last week's arguments, several justices raised a broader issue--whether U.S. courts have any jurisdiction at all to hear lawsuits for alleged genocide, war crimes, and other abuses abroad. And in a brief order on Monday the Justices ordered the case reargued next term, with that broader question added.

That seemed to suggest at least the possibility that the Court is considering reversing its decision of just eight years ago which upheld such suits against individuals.

The case has been closely watched by both corporations and human rights advocates. Corporations have long complained about what they say is long and costly litigation in the United States over their conduct abroad, while human rights advocates have, for the past three decades sought to hold corporations accountable for atrocities that violate international law, using the Alien Tort Statute to get the cases into U.S.courts.

In the past 20 years, some 120 cases, or about six a year, have been filed against U.S. and multi-nnational corporations for alleged human rights violations in foreign countries.

(Nina Totenberg is NPR's legal affairs correspondent.)

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