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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The Mingus Orchestra On JazzSet

Feb 9, 2012
Originally published on June 23, 2014 10:12 am

Correction: The audio of this segment mentions a February performance by the Mingus Jazz Orchestra. There will be no Mingus Jazz Orchestra concert this year. The audio and text of this segment also misidentified the dates of the 2013 Mingus High School Competition. The competition is Feb. 15-18.

Get ready for ecstatic sounds, as the French horn, bass clarinet, bassoon, guitar and harp — along with reeds and brass, hand claps and vocals, bass and drums — dig the deep, dark, blues-drenched, jubilant Charles Mingus groove. From St. Bartholomew's Church on Park Avenue in Manhattan, it's all here in one concert: "Better Get It in Your Soul: The Music of Charles Mingus." The spirit of Mingus fills a sacred space.

Mingus grew up studying the cello and contra bass, but orchestras did not hire black musicians in the 1940s. Mingus fought back against this injustice all his life, during which time he became one of the greatest jazz bassists in history. He composed more than 300 pieces, and 84 boxes of his materials reside in the Charles Mingus Collection in the Library of Congress. And Mingus never forgot his childhood love of the orchestra. In liner notes to his album Let My Children Hear Music, he wrote, "Let my children have music! Let them hear live music. Not noise."

Since his death, his widow Sue Mingus has launched the groups Mingus Dynasty, the Mingus Big Band, the Mingus Orchestra and now — with Manhattan School of Music — she co-produces the annual Mingus High School Competition and Festival. It takes place President's Day weekend in New York.

MSM associate dean Justin DiCioccio is her co-producer. As early as 1972, when he had only three published charts to choose from, DiCioccio began teaching Mingus to high-school students in New York. He says improvising on a Mingus piece is like standing on a soapbox: You have to be yourself. "Play who you are" was Mingus' mantra, Sue Mingus says. It's a tall and exhilarating opportunity for teen musicians.

Coleman Hughes, Julian Lee and Zoe Obadia of the Jazz House Kids Big Band in Montclair, N.J., and director Julius Tolentino were successful in the competition in 2011, and they're back in 2012.

"We really would like to win [again]," Hughes says, "but we know there's going to be lots of great groups there. We have to do what we do. The rest is left up to the judges. It's out of our hands."

The 2013 Mingus High School Competition and Festival will take place in New York from February 15-18.

This program originally ran Feb. 9, 2012.


  • Frank Lacy, trombone
  • John Clark, French horn
  • Alex Sipiagin, trumpet
  • Scott Robinson, flute and alto sax
  • Wayne Escoffery, soprano and tenor sax
  • Douglas Yates, clarinet and bass clarinet
  • Michael Rabinowitz, bassoon
  • David Gilmore, guitar
  • Edmar Castaneda, harp
  • Boris Kozlov, bass
  • Donald Edwards, drums


Our recording of the Mingus Orchestra is co-produced with Let My Children Hear Music, Inc., with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. Surround Sound mix by Duke Markos.

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