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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Candidates' (Vocal) Pitch Plays Into Appeal

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



So what does it take to win an election: A clear message, a strong organization, good hair? How about deep pipes?

SENATOR MITCH MCCONNELL: It's my view that the administration's policies are actually designed on purpose to bring about higher gas prices.

MARTIN: That's Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell who has won a few elections in his day.

In a study published in a British biological research journal, 17 women and 10 men recorded the phrase: I urge you to vote for me this November. Each voice was then manipulated electronically into pairs, one higher and one lower than the original.

Scientists found that listeners were more likely to cast their vote for the deeper voice, whether the candidate was male or female.

REPRESENTATIVE NANCY PELOSI: Democrats have committed to reigniting the American dream.

MARTIN: That's low-talking House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi.

SENATOR HARRY REID: Today, Nevada chose hope over fear...


MARTIN: But then what do we make of Senate majority leader Harry Reid?

REID: Nevada chose to move forward, not backwards.

MARTIN: Well, there's an exception to every rule.

And what about our remaining Republican presidential candidates: Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum. Too high? Too Low? Just right?

MITT ROMNEY: He came into office. And there was one job that was front and center. And that was to keep the economy from going off a cliff.

RON PAUL: I want to cut money - overseas money. That's what I want to do. I want to cut military money.


NEWT GINGRICH: I think the destructive, vicious, negative nature of much of the news media makes it harder...

RICK SANTORUM: People have said, you know, you're being outspent and, you know, everybody is talking about all the math and all the things that...

MARTIN: Professor Casey Klofstad, of the University of Miami, authored one of the deep voice studies. He says, candidates already know about this and they have been using vocal coaches to enhance their electability.

So, what about a politician who speaks in a low voice but sings like this?




MARTIN: That's President Barack Obama singing Al Green.


OBAMA: (Singing) ...so in love with you...



AL GREEN: (Singing) Whatever you want to do is all right with me, 'cause you make me feel so brand new. And I...

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