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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Amid Rumors About Campaign's Future, Santorum Sets News Conference

Apr 10, 2012

Rick Santorum, who pitched himself as the true conservative in the race and used a platform focused on social issues to come from well back in the pack to be the main challenger to Mitt Romney, announced this afternoon that he is suspending his effort for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

His decision means Romney — already well ahead of his rivals and unlikely to be derailed — is virtually assured to be the GOP nominee who will face President Obama in November.

Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator, told a gathering of reporters in Gettysburg that his three-year-old daughter's battle with a genetic disease, and her hospitalization over the weekend, "did cause us to think ... about the role we have as parents." And he concluded it was time to step aside from the campaign trail, where his campaign no longer appeared to have time left to stop Romney from being the nominee.

Santorum said the campaign has been "miracle after miracle. This race was as improbable as any race you'll ever see for president."

But "this presidential race is over for me," he added at 2:37 p.m. ET. Santorum took no questions from reporters.

Update at 3:07 p.m. ET. Video:

Courtesy of the PBS NewsHour, video of Santorum's statement is here.

Update at 3:02 p.m. ET. Paul And Gingrich Respond:

Both former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, are out with statements claiming the "conservative" mantle.

The two are far behind Romney in the race for delegates.

Gingrich saysthat he is "committed to staying in this race all the way to Tampa so that the conservative movement has a real choice."

Paul says in statement from his campaign that he is "now the last — and real — conservative alternative to Mitt Romney."

Update at 2:46 p.m. ET. Romney Salutes An "Able And Worthy Competitor."

In a statement just released by his campaign, Romney says:

"Senator Santorum is an able and worthy competitor, and I congratulate him on the campaign he ran. He has proven himself to be an important voice in our party and in the nation. We both recognize that what is most important is putting the failures of the last three years behind us and setting America back on the path to prosperity."

Still officially in the GOP race, along with Romney: former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas.

Update at 2:42 p.m. ET. No Mention Of Romney:

Santorum did not speak about Romney, other GOP contenders or President Obama. NPR.s Don Gonyea reports, though, that Santorum adviser John Brabender says the former senator has spoken to Romney and that they two will talk again "at some time in the near future."

Our original post, from 2:05 p.m. ET:

Republican presidential contender Rick Santorum is supposed to speak with reporters in Gettysburg, Pa., within the next few minutes as reports circulate that he will suspend his bid for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

The Washington Post, ABC News, NBC News and CNN are saying he will put his campaign on hold — often a not-so-veiled way of stepping out.

According to Politico, "Santorum's staffers won't say whether he will remain in the race, as he prepares for his first event since leaving the trail for the Easter holiday and to spend time with his hospitalized daughter."

Three-year-old Bella "suffers from a rare genetic condition called Trisomy 18," as The Associated Press reports.

In recent weeks, of course, Santorum has been the main challenger to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's bid for the nomination. He has won 11 events, but is well behind Romney in the race for delegates to the GOP nominating convention.

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