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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Juan-Carlos Formell On JazzSet

Apr 6, 2012
Originally published on July 25, 2013 2:12 pm

Juan-Carlos Formell participated in a multi-artist showcase at SOB's — home to Brazilian and Latin music in New York — a few years ago. Between a couple of amped-up bands, he took the stage alone (as I recall) and sang in Spanish, accompanying himself on guitar. His voice had urgency to it, and there was an irresistible engine inside that guitar. Ever since, I've wanted to hear and know more. Now, from the 2011 Monterey Jazz Festival, Juan-Carlos Formell and Johnny's Dream Band make their JazzSet debut.

Born in 1964, Formell is a fourth-generation professional musician. His paternal great-grandfather led a brass band in Santiago de Cuba; his grandfather and father based themselves in Havana. As Formell neared 30, in Mexico playing bass as a replacement for Cachaito Lopez, he acted on his feeling that he faced marginalization in Cuba. He left the band, traveled north, swam across the Rio Grande, and eventually made his way to New York, where he knew virtually no one. Here, he has created and produced a series of five albums on his own artistic terms.

From the first CD (the Grammy-nominated Songs From a Little Blue House) through the most recent (Johnny's Dream Club), Formell is giving us his epic masterwork of music and poetry, magical and real, about the Afro-Caribbean experience. And, lucky for JazzSet, Johnny's Dream Club is a fabulous, swinging jazz quintet.

In 1998, Formell made his first visit to New Orleans. As he told The Times-Picayune's Keith Spera, "I suddenly understood that the entire Caribbean was a house, and all of its ports a door. I saw myself in a constantly shifting mosaic, able to jump from then to now and here to there, but never return, because every place is home."

This set begins with "Ciudad / City," an apocalyptic image of Havana since 1960 or New Orleans after Katrina, and it leads to Formell's recasting of an old Cuban son "Lágrimas Negras" in a jazzy tempo for voice and guitar. Formell learned to play from masters of the "feeling" genre popular in Havana in the 1940s. Some say feeling in Cuba set the stage for bossa nova in Brazil.

The dramatic centerpiece is the Roberto Valero poem "Las Islas Son Malvadas," to which Formell added "y nadie lo suspecha." (Islands are evil and no one knows.) It expresses the anguish of living in exile. As the poet Valero writes in the last stanza, "When you have put the sea between two lives, don't go back; you won't be able to find what you lost." Maximizing the tension, Formell sets it to upbeat music, and Lewis Kahn and Harvey Wainapel take fine solos on violin and clarinet, respectively. Savor the contradictions — they're part of the message.


Thanks to Formell's manager and wife Dita Sullivan for translations and context. Recording by Paul Cain. Our Surround Sound mix is by Duke Markos. The original set is available in NPR Music's coverage of the 54th Monterey Jazz Festival, as produced and blogged by Patrick Jarenwattananon.

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