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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Regina Carter, Wynton Marsalis On JazzSet

Mar 15, 2012
Originally published on June 19, 2014 3:12 pm

JazzSet returns to the 2011 Newport Jazz Festival for performances from two complementary bandleaders on the main Fort Adams stage: violinist Regina Carter and trumpeter Wynton Marsalis.

Regina Carter started playing violin as a 4-year-old Suzuki method student in Detroit, and later played in school and community orchestras. After attending the New England Conservatory of Music, she chose jazz as her primary direction. JazzSet first presented her from the 1995 Telluride Jazz Festival — on a stage in the mountains, playing into the open air.

In 2006, a wonderful surprise changed Carter's life. The MacArthur Foundation named her a Fellow, citing how she "weaves new sound tapestries" and is "pioneering new possibilities for the violin and for jazz." Carter used the considerable stipend that comes with this award to seed her Reverse Thread project, documented on a 2010 album.

The cover art on the CD is Yoruban beadwork. Tiny, colored, handmade beads strung and braided in continuous patterns make a fitting visual representation of what's inside.

In Carter's words: "I think of the human race being a huge garment, and if you pull one string it can unravel the whole garment." Her violin, the Malian kora and the wild card — the accordion — trace folkloric and popular melodies as paths into the religions, languages and cultures of Africa.

After Reverse Thread, pianist Dan Nimmer sets up a blues for the Wynton Marsalis quintet. The trumpeter has one of the highest profiles in jazz; his groups have logged countless miles. And yet — with their smiles and momentary eye-locks at key moments — the players telegraph enjoyment.

For most of this excerpt from their 2011 Newport Jazz Festival set, Marsalis draws from The Magic Hour, his first Blue Note Records album, released in 2004. As NPR reported then, a common thread runs through the pieces: "Those final minutes of the day, when parents everywhere are trying to get restless kids to settle down and go to bed, are what Wynton Marsalis calls 'the magic hour.'"

Wynton himself continues: "When [children] know they're getting ready to go to bed, it's like they go crazy. Then you have to put the blues on them to calm them down. Then when you calm them down, you can get into a groove ... Then you read them the little bedtime story. Everything calms down and then they go ahead and go to sleep. That's why it's magic."

Each player contributes something special, but these melodies are essentially as simple and pleasing as nursery rhymes. They go straight to memory; before you know it, you've learned them. Syncopation is built right into the melody of "Skipping," and the beat to "Big Fat Hen" (enjoy the generous Wynton solo) is so get-on-your-feet-and-move. The music is so catchy, it might keep you wide awake, singing and dancing long after the band has moved on.

Carter Set List

  • "God Be With You 'Til We Meet Again" (excerpt)
  • "Artistiya" (Miriam Doumbia, arr. Andy Farber)
  • "N'Teri" (Habib Koite, arr. Sherman Irby)
  • "Zerapiky" (trad., arr. Holshouser)

Carter Personnel

  • Regina Carter, violin
  • Yacouba Sissoko, kora
  • Will Holshouser, accordion
  • Chris Lightcap, bass
  • Alvester Garnett, drums

Marsalis Set List

  • "Number Eight"
  • "Skipping"
  • "Big Fat Hen"

Marsalis Personnel

  • Wynton Marsalis, trumpet
  • Walter Blanding, saxophones
  • Dan Nimmer, piano
  • Carlos Henriquez, bass
  • Ali Jackson, drums

Compositions by Wynton Marsalis.

Credits

Recorded and engineered by Steve Remote and Aura-Sonic Ltd.Surround Sound mix by Duke Markos.

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