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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Will Killings Over Quran Burnings Lead To Faster Pullout From Afghanistan?

Feb 27, 2012
Originally published on February 27, 2012 7:43 am

The news from Afghanistan remains grim as protests and attacks continue over the recent burning of some Qurans and other Islamic materials at an airbase controlled by international forces. The violence and unrest has also, The Washington Post writes, "exposed a crippling weakness in the American strategy to wind down the war."

Early today, as The Associated Press reports, a suicide car bomber struck outside an airfield in Jalalabad that's used by both international military and commercial flights. At least nine people were killed, the wire service says. It adds that "more than 30 people have been killed in protests and related attacks since the incident came to light [last] Tuesday, including four U.S. soldiers."

That followed the killing of two U.S. military personnel on Saturday, inside the supposedly secure Afghan Interior Ministry — murders that led to the recall of all Western military advisers from Afghan government ministries because of commanders' concern for their safety. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the killings.

Now, says NPR's Quil Lawrence, speaking to Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep from Kabul, an important question is being asked: "If the U.S. here is transitioning to an advisory role, but can't even go and advise Afghans inside the safest part of Kabul, outside of maybe the president's palace, then what can they do?"

Advising the Afghans during a transition that's supposed to lead to the withdrawal of all U.S. combat troops by the end of 2013 and then the pulling out of most advisers by a year or so later, is the centerpiece of the U.S./NATO mission. As the Post writes:

"The emerging U.S. strategy in Afghanistan is built around plans to replace large NATO combat formations with small teams of advisers who will live and work alongside their Afghan partners."

But, it adds, the killings of Americans by Afghan military personnel (which as we've previously reported was a growing problem even before this past week):

"Has spurred doubts about whether Afghan security forces can be relied upon to provide for the protection of their Western partners. The consequences of that erosion of confidence, former U.S. officials and analysts say, could be devastating."

According to Quil, there's now "a lot of chat" about the possibility of a faster withdrawal of U.S. personnel.

The official word from the top U.S. diplomat in Afghanistan, Ambassador Ryan Crocker, is that "this is not the time to decide that we're done here. ... We have got to redouble our efforts. We've got to create a situation in which al-Qaida is not coming back."

President Obama and the top U.S./NATO commander in Afghanistan have apologized for the burning of the Qurans, which officials say was not intentional.

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