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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U.N. Observers Head To Syria

Apr 15, 2012
Originally published on April 15, 2012 1:43 pm



We turn our attention now to Syria. United Nations observers are preparing to travel to Syria this week to start monitoring the fragile cease-fire between government forces and rebel fighters. The U.N. Security Council yesterday approved the deployment of a 30-member team. The monitors will have their work cut out for them. As NPR's Grant Clark reports from Beirut, military bombardment is reportedly continuing, despite an agreed truce.

GRANT CLARK, BYLINE: The unanimous vote passing Resolution 2042 is the first time that the Security Council has spoken with one voice on Syria. Members China and Russia - a staunch Syria ally - had previously objected to what they considered interference in Syrian domestic affairs. The deployment of the 30 monitors is meant to pave the way for a larger group of up to 250 observers, to be dispatched if the cease-fire holds. Speaking through an interpreter, Syrian Ambassador to the U.N., Bashar Jafari yesterday said his government remained committed to international envoy Kofi Annan's six-point peace plan.

AMBASSADOR BASHAR JAFARI: (Through Translator) Syria, my country, has also accepted the concept of a U.N. supervision mechanism that would work within the limits of Syrian sovereignty, which the Syrian people consider a red line that cannot be crossed under any justification.

CLARK: The U.N. team is expected to face serious challenges on the ground.

PAUL SALEM: Observers will not be able to do much, there was already an Arab observer team in Syria a few months ago and they were not able to change realities much.

CLARK: That's Paul Salem, director of the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut.

SALEM: Having 30 observers in a country of 180,000 square kilometers and over 20 million people, and a country where these observers will be controlled by the government, is not going to make much of a difference.


CLARK: Meanwhile, opposition activists say the military has resumed its shelling of rebel-dominated districts in the central city of Homs. The Syrian dissident LCC network says shells have been falling at the rate of six per minute in the Kaldiyeh neighborhood today. Grant Clark, NPR News, Beirut.


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