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.

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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.

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Obama, Perhaps Tweaking Romney, Emphasizes Duty To Poor In Speech

Feb 2, 2012

President Obama has been criticized by some liberal critics for not doing enough to improve the lives of the nation's poorest citizens and for not even talking as much as those critics think he ought to about poverty.

In fact, when Mitt Romney uttered his gaffe about the "very poor" this week, some on Twitter used the occasion to note that Obama couldn't exactly be accused of obsessing over the most impoverished Americans, either.

Thus, it was interesting juxtaposition, coming a day after the Republican presidential candidate's by-now infamous comment, to hear President Obama take the opportunity of the annual National Prayer Breakfast Thursday to mention the moral and religious duty of the haves for the have nots.

Obama didn't mention Romney, the Republican presidential candidate. But then he didn't have to. He knew many of his listeners would fill in the blanks for themselves.

Early in his speech, the president mentioned several historic figures whose religious beliefs informed their actions. Among them were Dorothy Day of the Catholic Worker and Jane Addams of the Hull House in Chicago who were passionate advocates for the poor.

Later, Obama made a number of statements grounded in the religious imperative to help the poor. It's not surprising that he would make such observations at a prayer breakfast. But there did appear to be more of an emphasis on society's obligation to the poor in Thursday's version of the prayer breakfast speech than in the past. A sampler:

"Treating others as you want to be treated. Requiring much from those who have been given so much. Living by the principle that we are our brother's keeper. Caring for the poor and those in need. These values are old...

"... But for me as a Christian, it also coincides with Jesus's teaching that 'for unto whom much is given, much shall be required.' It mirrors the Islamic belief that those who've been blessed have an obligation to use those blessings to help others, or the Jewish doctrine of moderation and consideration for others.

"... Treating others as you want to be treated. Requiring much from those who have been given so much. Living by the principle that we are our brother's keeper. Caring for the poor and those in need. These values are old. They can be found in many denominations and many faiths, among many believers and among many non-believers.

"And they are values that have always made this country great — when we live up to them; when we don't just give lip service to them; when we don't just talk about them one day a year. And they're the ones that have defined my own faith journey."

Obama was certain to state that it wasn't only the job of government to provide a safety net, as Romney might say, but of private individuals in a position to help.

"And as important as government policy may be in shaping our world, we are reminded that it's the cumulative acts of kindness and courage and charity and love, it's the respect we show each other and the generosity that we share with each other that in our everyday lives will somehow sustain us during these challenging times.

"John tells us that, 'If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.' "

It's no surprise that Obama would speak about the duty the better off have to the poor at a prayer breakfast.

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