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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'Otis' Has Special Meaning for SAG Winner

Feb 2, 2012



We'd like to end the program today with a feature we call In Your Ear. That's where we ask some of our guests to tell us about the music that keeps them going.

Today, we get the personal playlist of Oscar-nominated actress Viola Davis. She joined us back in the summer to talk about her role in the film "The Help." Davis has already won top actress honors at the Screen Actors Guild Awards for that performance. Now we'll hear about the musical performers who inspire her.

VIOLA DAVIS: My name is Viola Davis and I'm starring in "The Help." And I'm currently listening to Mary J. Blige's song that she wrote especially for the movie "The Help" called "The Living Proof."


MARY J. BLIGE: (Singing) It's gonna be a long, long journey. It's gonna be an uphill climb.

DAVIS: I personally love this song because it's a song of inspiration and it's empowering. It was a song especially written for my character in "The Help."


BLIGE: (Singing) I'm so glad the worst is over because it almost took me out. I can start living now, ooh. I feel like I can do anything...

DAVIS: And I'm also listening to "I Can't Make You Love Me" by Tank.


TANK: (Singing) Turn down the lights, turn down the bed. Turn down these voices inside my head.

DAVIS: It's kind of rendition of the Bonnie Raitt song.


TANK: (Singing) ...tell me no lies. Just hold me close...

DAVIS: And I just love it because it's a different version of a song that I loved when Bonnie Raitt sang it and I love when he sings it and gives it that kind of male energy that kind of transforms it into something else.


TANK: (Singing) And I will give up this fight. 'Cause I can't make you love me if you don't. You can make your heart feel something it won't. Here in...


OTIS REDDING: (Singing) Squeeze her. Squeeze her.

JAY-Z: (Rapping) Sounds so soulful don't you agree?

DAVIS: And I'm also listening to "Otis" by Kanye West and Jay-Z.


REDDING: (Singing) Got to...

KANYE WEST: (Rapping) I invented swag. Poppin' bottles, puttin' supermodels in the cab, proof. I guess I got my swagger back, truth. New watch alert, Hublot's...

DAVIS: It's a hip-hop song dedicated to Otis Redding, so it's a mixture of R&B and hip-hop. I love it.


WEST: (Rapping) Where the hell you been? (bleep) talkin' real reckless, stuntmen. I adopted these (bleep), Philip Drummond 'em. Now I'm bout to make them tuck they whole summer in.

MARTIN: That was Oscar nominee Viola Davis telling us what's playing in her ear. And to hear our previous conversation with her, please go to our website. Go to NPR.org. Click on the Programs tab and then on TELL ME MORE.


JAY-Z: (Rapping) I'm 'bout to call the paparazzi on myself. Uh, live from the Mercer. Run up on Yeezy the wrong way, I might murk ya. Flee in the G450, I might surface. Political refugee, asylum can be purchased. Uh, everything's for sale...

MARTIN: And that's our program for today. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.