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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Tenn. Town Fights Fire With Money

Mar 18, 2012
Originally published on March 18, 2012 9:57 am



Two years ago in South Fulton, Tennessee, firefighters in this town watched a home burn to the ground. The owners hadn't paid the required $75 fee for fire service. Now, after a barrage of national media attention, city leaders have finally made a change. Chad Lampe from member station WKMS in Murray, Kentucky has more.


CHAD LAMPE, BYLINE: The lot where Paulette and Gene Cranick's mobile home once stood is now full of tree limbs and small charred pieces of knick-knacks. An RV trailer sits where the home's garage once was. The Cranicks, who live just outside the city limits, forgot to pay their 2010 county subscription fee. In September of that year, a fire engulfed their home. City firefighters responded to protect the home of a neighbor who had paid the fee, but they left the Cranick's home to burn. Inside nearby Pappy's Diner there are still mixed emotions about that fire. Leon Mann was eating a prime rib sandwich.

LEON MANN: And I think anyone that wants fire service ought to pay for it. There's no reason for the people in town to pay for them when they, you know - makes sense to me.

LAMPE: Two tables away, Linda Bates was munching on some onion rings. She says the fire department made a mistake by not extinguishing the blaze at the Cranick's home.

LINDA BATES: A neighbor or somebody even offered to pay the fire and they still wouldn't put it out, and I think that's a travesty.

LAMPE: People in this town are getting tired of talking about what happened, and they may not need to much longer.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Come to order for our regular monthly meeting. If you would please rise to the Pledge of Allegiance.

LAMPE: This past week, commissioners in South Fulton, Tennessee passed a new ordinance that will allow the fire department to respond to all calls within a five-mile radius of the city. But Commissioner Jeff Vowell says if a homeowner doesn't pay that $75 annual fire response fee, they'll be charged $3,500 per call.

JEFF VOWELL: And that's the thing I think folks might be overlooking. There's a possibility that if you live far enough out in the county that you might lose all your possessions by the time the fire department could get there anyway. If you haven't paid now and you ask the fire department to come out you not only have that tragic part of it, but you're going to have to pay $3,500 for it. Whereas before, just didn't have it.

LAMPE: Tight budget times have forced governments across the country to scale back or eliminate services. Still, resident Scott Ellegood says this change is a good one.

SCOTT ELLEGOOD: And I believe that people have to pay for the rural protection. Because I live in the city, I pay. But at the same time we put all fires out because I think that's an ethical implication that just because something's legal doesn't make it that ethical.

LAMPE: The new fire protection ordinance in this part of northwest Tennessee took effect immediately. For NPR News, I'm Chad Lampe.


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