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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Outcry Grows As Fla. Shooter Remains Unprosecuted

Mar 23, 2012



Let's go now to Florida, where late yesterday Governor Rick Scott announced that a new state attorney has been assigned to investigate the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. The announcement came as thousands rallied in Sanford demanding justice for Martin. The teen was shot as he walked unarmed in Sanford, a suburb of Orlando. The shooter, George Zimmerman, is a volunteer neighborhood watch captain and he claims self-defense. He's also not been arrested. As NPR's Kathy Lohr reports, the cry is growing louder for an arrest to be made.

KATHY LOHR, BYLINE: Helicopters hovered overhead as Reverend Al Sharpton and dozens of national civil rights leaders came to Fort Mellon Park in Sanford, calling for the prosecution of George Zimmerman. Radio personality Michael Baisden says police officers failed to do their job when they did not make an arrest at the time of the shooting.

MICHAEL BAISDEN: It's not about black and white. It's about what's wrong. And what happened here was wrong.

LOHR: Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee announced he would step aside temporarily yesterday. But most here say that's not enough - that he should leave permanently.

BAISDEN: That ain't right!

CROWD: That ain't right!

BAISDEN: Come on!

CROWD: That ain't right!


LOHR: The governor announced a new state prosecutor will take over the case, and he's appointing a new task force to study the state's Stand Your Ground law. That's what allowed Zimmerman to claim self-defense. The law says a person can use deadly force to protect themselves. But at the rally, Martin Luther King III said an innocent young man was gunned down.

MARTIN LUTHER KING III: And we are showing the nation and world that we are going to stand up consistently for justice, because no lie can last forever.

LOHR: It's not clear what happened the night Trayvon was killed. Zimmerman called 911 saying he saw a suspicious person in the neighborhood. He followed the teen. There was an altercation and Trayvon ended up dead. Most here, like Mitzie Ballintine, a nurse from Orlando, say they don't believe it was self-defense.

MITZIE BALLINTINE: All he said is self-defense and they were satisfied, they were justified with his response, you know? So, you know, every day I think it could be my 20-year-old that is here with me today. It could be my 18-year-old, you know?

LOHR: Getting the city's police chief to step down has been part of the focus for protestors. High school teacher Patrick George from Port St. Lucie says that's just the first step.

PATRICK GEORGE: 'Cause I think Trayvon Martin, it was an injustice, what we've done to him. Not even as a black individual but as a person. Even in America, we all should be able to walk freely in these streets and do what we please without being a threat to anyone by looking suspicious.

LOHR: City leaders have continued to try to calm the furor over the shooting. They say it takes time for the legal system to work. But protestors and activists here say only a prosecution will restore calm to this city. Kathy Lohr, NPR News, Sanford, Florida. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.