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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Stricken Soccer Player Fabrice Muamba Continues Recovery

Mar 22, 2012
Originally published on March 22, 2012 1:56 pm

There is good news to report on Fabrice Muamba, the soccer player in Britain who went into cardiac arrest during a big game last Saturday in London.

Muamba, a 23-year-old from Congo, collapsed on the field as his team, Bolton, was playing English Premier League rival Tottenham. The Bolton club doctor, Jonathan Tobin, says the stricken player failed to respond to multiple defibrillator shocks, and that 78 minutes elapsed before Muamba's heart started beating on its own again.

"He was, in effect, dead in that time," Tobin told the BBC.

But by Tuesday evening, Muamba was well enough to tell Tobin he was recovering. On Wednesday, doctors spoke about the player's condition and Muamba's team posted an account of what they said. Some highlights follow.

"I went to see Fabrice last night. I went in and he said, 'Hi, doc,' " said Tobin. "I asked him how he was and he said, 'Fine.' "

Tobin remembers racing onto the field and becoming entirely focused on Muamba. "It wasn't until 35,000 voices united to chant Fabrice Muamba's name that anything from the outside environment penetrated into that focus. I heard them singing," the doctor recalled.

Tobin says Muamba's early signs of recovery have continued, but cautions that these are the "very first steps along a very long pathway."

Muamba has also communicated with Andrew Deaner, a cardiologist and Tottenham fan who was in the crowd and rushed on to the pitch to help last Saturday.

Deaner says that when he visited Muamba in the hospital, he whispered into his ear, and asked his name. "Muamba", came the reply. Deaner then said: "I understand you're a very good footballer."

"I try," replied Muamba.

[NPR's Phillip Reeves is covers Europe out of London.]

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