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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NPR Promotes Two Executives To Key Posts

Feb 24, 2012
Originally published on February 24, 2012 2:03 pm

Slightly more than one year after a series of controversial events led to top leaders' depatures, NPR this morning announced "a new executive structure" and named two current managers to key posts.

NPR President and CEO Gary Knell said that:

-- Kinsey Wilson, an NPR senior vice president and general manager of NPR Digital Media, is stepping up to be executive vice president and chief content officer. Wilson joined NPR in 2008. He came to the organization from USA Today, where he was an executive editor.

-- Margaret Low Smith is assuming the role of senior vice president for news on a permanent basis. She had been acting senior vice president for the past year. Smith began her career with NPR in 1982. She will report to Wilson.

Knell tells NPR's David Folkenflik that the goal of the management structure is to create "a unified and strategic approach" to providing news, cultural programming and other content across radio, online and mobile platforms. And "combining all this under a chief content officer [Wilson] who will be able to connect the dots in radio and in digital and in the Web — and in all the mobile applications where NPR finds its content — is exactly where we need to be."

"Radio is not going away, radio is going everywhere," Knell added.

Of Smith, Knell said that "she's earned it" after serving as acting senior vice president. "I'm fully confident that she's going to get this thing right," he said.

As David reports for our Newscast Desk, today's announcements represent Knell's first major moves since he took office in December.

The CEO came to NPR after a search for a successor to Vivian Schiller, who left in March 2011. She departed, as we've previously reported, following:

— The release in March 2011 of a videotape surreptitiously made by associates of conservative activist James O'Keefe and heavily edited before its release, showing then-NPR fundraiser Ron Schiller (no relation) slamming conservatives and appearing to question whether NPR needs federal funding.

— The dismissal in November 2010 of NPR analyst Juan Williams after he said on Fox News Channel that he gets nervous when he sees people in "Muslim garb" on airplanes. Williams went on to say it's wrong to profile or stereotype anyone based on his or her appearance, but NPR said it was one of a series of comments he had made that violated the network's standards. The handling of his dismissal and the controversy surrounding it — including comments Schiller made about Williams that she later apologized for — made headlines for several weeks. That controversy also led to the resignation of NPR's top news executive at the time, Ellen Weiss.

The controversies fueled calls by some in Congress to cut funding to NPR.

Also today, NPR says, Knell announced "an expanded role for Keith Woods, Vice President of Diversity in News & Operations. Woods will broaden his collaborative work with member stations to support public radio's push for greater diversity in its audience, staffing and content."

Update at 2 p.m. ET. The Statement And A New Ethics Handbook:

NPR has posted its statement about the appointments here. It also notes that "Eric Nuzum, who has served as acting vice president for programming since January 2011, will officially move into that role."

Also today, the organization released its new "guiding principles" and ethics handbook. Full disclosure: this blogger helped put them together. For an outside review of them, you might start with this piece by Poynter's Mallary Jean Tenore.

Mark Stencel, NPR's managing editor for digital news, discusses the guidelines on social media here.

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