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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Protest By Fire: Why Some Tibetans Choose Self-Immolation

Mar 27, 2012
Originally published on May 23, 2012 10:55 am

The number of Tibetans who have set themselves on fire in the past year to protest Chinese rule over Tibet is now estimated to be at 30. Most have died.

And more self-immolations are likely.

Not only are many young Tibetans increasingly anguished over what they see as China's oppressive actions, but those that choose to take such a dramatic action are seen "in a very positive light" by others in their community, Nottingham University professor of contemporary Chinese studies Steve Tsang tells The Guardian.

"I can't really see how it is going to stop," he adds.

In another report, the Guardian adds that:

"As those studying other forms of extremist spectacular violence have found, such acts are part of a culture that becomes established in a given institution or community, often on a very small scale.

"A momentum is generated leading to the spread of that particular form of behaviour, encouraged by the support of peers, elders and others. The local reaction to each death, rather than the international reaction, either encourages or discourages others."

In New Delhi on Monday, 27-year-old Tibetan exile Jamphel Yeshi lit himself on fire to protest Wednesday's visit to India of Chinese President Hu Jintao. Photos of Yeshi running past a crowd quickly went viral around the world. We've put one photo at the top of this post. Warning: you may find it disturbing. That's why we've added a screen that asks you to click before viewing.

Though Yeshi was reportedly burned over more than 90 percent of his body, he was still alive earlier today, according to the BBC: " 'His condition is very critical. The doctors had to do an operation to get him breathing,' AFP news agency quoted Sonam Wangyal, Mr. Yeshi's cousin, as saying."

As for the reasons behind the self-immolations, last week, in a story headlined "Tibetan Self-Immolations Rise As China Tightens Grip," The New York Times wrote that:

"Tibetan scholars and exiles say the current resistance campaign [aimed at China] is unlike anything seen before. The tactic — public, fiery suicides that do not harm bystanders or property — has profoundly moved ordinary Tibetans and bedeviled Chinese officials. Just as significant, they note, is that the protesters are mostly young — all but nine of them under 30."

Last month, NPR's Louisa Lim reported from the Tibetan plateau for Morning Edition that the self-immolations are among several signs "of Tibetan desperation and Tibetan radicalization." And, Louisa reported:

"There's a Buddhist prohibition against violence or suicide, but [the monks she spoke with] are of one mind on the self-immolations.

" 'What they did was great,' says the first monk. 'Yes! Yes! Yes!' says the second."

Chinese officials blame the Dalai Llama for supposedly encouraging the "disturbances."

In response, Tibetan government-in-exile spokesman Dicki Choyang has had this to say: "We are concerned about China shifting the blame on the Dalai Lama, making him the scapegoat rather than correcting their own repressive policies."

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