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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Before Leaving The Hospital, Consult Your Checklist

Mar 6, 2012

When checking into a hospital, patients naturally worry whether their visit will go well. But leaving the hospital safely can sometimes present an even trickier challenge.

Patients are going home sooner and sicker than ever before. And without clear and comprehensive instructions about what to do after a hospital stay, they may wind up back in the hospital, or worse.

A recently published book, The Patient's Checklist, aims to guide patients safely through every stage in a hospital stay, starting before you arrive and continuing on through that crucial transition phase in care when you leave the hospital for home or rehab.

Author Elizabeth Bailey, a former music video producer, came up with the idea for a book of checklists while caring for her ailing father at a New York City hospital.

Checklists had been an essential tool to keep herself organized during video shoots. And doctors have been using checklists for years to improve patient safety.

Bailey hoped they could do the same at the hospital, where the cast of caregivers changed constantly, mistakes were routine and no one seemed to have a comprehensive care plan for her dad.

Discharge instructions played a major role in Bailey's father's problems. Initially admitted for an outpatient biopsy to determine if he had an inflammation of the artery near his temple called temporal arteritis, his vague post-op instructions said to "continue all pre-op medications."

Not realizing that referred only to routine medications he took before surgery, Bailey's father continued to take a strong steroid he had been prescribed prior to the surgery, and even refilled the prescription.

Within days he wound up in the emergency room with steroid-induced psychosis. He didn't leave the hospital for almost a month.

The book's discharge plan checklist contains, among other things, specifics to quiz healthcare personnel on such as:

  • What physical or emotional symptoms might you experience that are normal reactions in response to your treatment or illness?
  • What red flag events or side effects would be cause for alarm?
  • How should you care for the surgical site or drains and IVs, including how to bathe and how to identify signs of infection?
  • What's the plan for managing pain, and what should you do if your pain is getting away from you?

"It's not brain surgery to learn to become more involved in your care," says Bailey. "The book gives an idea for a framework and helps with how to ask questions."

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