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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A Scoop, Really? BuzzFeed, Breitbart.com Spar For Credit On Obama Video

Mar 8, 2012

Last night a bewildering debate broke out on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight over video posted online yesterday of a young Barack Obama speaking at a student protest at Harvard Law School more than two decades ago.

The debate focused on whether the new BuzzFeed website or Breitbart.com deserved credit for the scoop.

My bewilderment stemmed from the question of why anyone would consider this video to be a scoop at all.

The background: Obama was a student leader at Harvard Law and was well known as the first black editor of the Harvard Law Review. In the video posted by BuzzFeed, Obama lauded Harvard Law Professor Derrick Bell at a protest against at the paucity of black law faculty and the absence of any black women law professors there.

The conservative website Breitbart.com additionally posted a slightly longer version — involving Bell getting a hug from Obama.

Its editors saw the video as damning in two ways: in tying Obama to what someone its editors consider an extremist and in showing the media's complicity with Obama in failing to put a spotlight on his past. The story kicked off what is to be a series of exposes on Obama planned by the late conservative culture warrior Andrew Breitbart, the impresario behind Breitbart.com.

BuzzFeed's Smith, a liberal, called the video amazing and repeatedly termed it a scoop; his site said it had found "video, not previously available online but licensed by BuzzFeed from a Boston television station."

That's far from a full account. I found the footage very familiar and remembered seeing it in a Frontline documentary on PBS. I quickly located it — online — in full. The documentary was a twinned look at the rise of candidates Obama and John McCain just ahead of election day.

Frontline, by the way, is produced by WGBH, a major public broadcaster in Boston. But it's a national show seen in prime time on hundreds of stations. That's not exactly the neglected, dusty archives of a little known local station.

Here's what I tweeted at 4:12pm yesterday:

David Folkenflik ‏ @davidfolkenflik

Love @BuzzFeed's unearthing old vids, but I saw part of Obama Harvard law protest video in fall 08 on PBS to.pbs.org/wtbk4A - abt 30m in

Michael Calderone of the Huffington Post passed it along. And then BuzzFeed's Smith responded:

Ben Smith ‏ @BuzzFeedBen

@mlcalderone @davidfolkenflik Right - that's what put us on the hunt for the fuller video, which we licensed from wgbh.

Smith's outfit got the video in the clear — a few extra seconds of Obama speaking, and without the Frontline narration or music. Breitbart's site also showed the student embracing the professor.

What Barack Obama did as a student leader is absolutely fair game for biographers, journalists to sift through and for voters to consider as they cast their ballots.

But what on earth do BuzzFeed and Breitbart's Big sites consider the scoop to be? Obama, who has repeatedly written and spoken about race, identity and American history, advocated greater diversity for the Harvard law faculty. This should surprise neither his supporters nor his detractors.

Bell, who died last fall, was a leading civil rights lawyer and a chief proponent of a school of thought specifying that race and power play a central role in the American legal system. This was controversial and contested at the time. If someone wants to revisit it, that's their prerogative.

It remains impossible to demonstrate the scoop, despite what Smith and Breitbart.com's Dana Loesch contended last night on Twitter and on CNN. The earlier footage was shown at the height of the 2008 election season to a national audience by the most prominent documentary series in the country.

Loesch soon emphasized the notion Obama's embrace of the scholar was hidden by the mainstream media. It is hard from a journalistic standpoint to see what is added by the physical sight of a black law student hugging a black scholar for whom he has already expressed affection.

For perspective, I turned to one of Obama's fellow editors at the law review --Bradford Berenson, who was also interviewed for the PBS documentary. He is a conservative lawyer who served as an associate White House counsel under President George W. Bush.

"I'm a little mystified about how or why this would be a story, especially in 2012," Berenson wrote me in an email. "None of this was a secret; it's ancient history; and whatever one thinks of Derrick Bell or critical race theory, they are not exactly comparable to [the Rev.] Jeremiah Wright or ex-members of the Weather Underground."

Scoops are supposed to break news or deepen our understanding in new ways. This video flap accomplished neither.

(David Folkenflik is NPR's media correspondent.)

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