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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James Farm On JazzSet

Apr 12, 2012
Originally published on June 23, 2014 10:35 am

When Joshua Redman plays Boston, it's a homecoming. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard University and quickly won the 1991 Thelonious Monk International Saxophone Competition. Warner Brothers signed him to make a string of successful albums.

From 2004 to '07, he was first among equals in the eight-piece SF JAZZ Collective, with Matt Penman on bass and Eric Harland on drums. Penman, from New Zealand, had studied at Berklee College of Music, the site of this show. From Houston, Texas, Harland studied at Manhattan School of Music.

In 2008, a new player, pianist Aaron Parks from Seattle (who also studied at MSM), released Invisible Cinema with Penman and Harland. Redman told DownBeat that he listened to Invisible Cinema all the time and loved the songs, the interaction and the groove. He invited the trio to join him at the 2009 Montreal International Jazz Festival, and from that they became James Farm.

Everyone asks, "Why 'James Farm'?" and the players steadfastly maintain that there is no story. It's just a name. (You can even find it on the occasional milk carton. There's a dairy business here in the Northeast that distributes James Farm products.)

As Kevin Lowenthal wrote in The Boston Globe about this BeanTown opening night, "Before an enthusiastic, jam-packed Berklee Performance Center audience, James Farm played original compositions from what Redman announced was 'our latest, greatest and only CD.' It's hard to imagine many of these pieces — more cinematically moody than melodic — being taken up by other performers. But they certainly provide near-perfect launching pads."

Redman's solo in "If By Air" from the James Farm album gets the analyst treatment in DownBeat — just out. Jimi Durso writes, "Redman plays notes and phrases that relate not so much to the harmony of the moment but instead to the chords that are coming up." What we hear as engagement and momentum comes in part from Redman thinking and playing ahead.

The other great factor is rhythm — cascades of it. Every day in his pickup truck, Eric Harland's dad used to drive him down Interstate 10 to high school, with Eric drumming on the dashboard to the traffic. James Farm closes with Harland's "I-10." Thanks to WGBH, it's on JazzSet.

The 2012 Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival takes place Sept. 27-30 at venues indoors and out in Boston. The Outdoor Festival takes place Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012.

Set List

  • "1981" (Penman)
  • "If By Air" (Redman)
  • "Pollywog" (Redman)
  • "Bijou" (Parks)
  • "Chronos" (Parks)
  • "I-10" (Harland)


Onsite WGBH producer Gary Mott. Recording and remix in Surround Sound by Antonio Oliart, also of WGBH. Thanks to Rob Hayes of Berklee College of Music and the BeanTown Jazz Festival.

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