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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'Enforcer' For Violent Mexican Drug Cartel Faces Life Sentence

Apr 5, 2012

The self described enforcer for a violent Juarez, Mexico, drug cartel has pleaded guilty to conspiracy, racketeering and murder charges that could send him away for the rest of his life.

Jose Antonio Acosta Hernandez acknowledged directing or participating in more than 1,500 murders since 2008. That includes notorious killings two years ago of U.S. consulate workers as they left a birthday party in broad daylight. Leslie Enriquez and her husband were shot dead in their car while their 9-month-old daughter sat nearby. The husband of another U.S. employee was killed the same day in his vehicle.

Justice Department criminal division prosecutors say Acosta Hernandez used violence as a tool to protect lucrative markets for heroin, cocaine and marijuana in Texas and across the U.S. Court papers say the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration and other investigators used "cooperating witnesses, electronic interceptions" and Acosta Hernandez's own words to develop the case.

Update at 8:01 p.m. ET. Justice Department Statement:

The Justice Department said the case was a "significant step" in its effort to bring to justice those responsible for the consulate murders.

"We are determined to hold accountable those individuals who committed the consulate murders, and to dismantle the dangerous criminal enterprise that fueled these and many other tragic and senseless acts of violence." Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer said.

Thursday's sentencing comes just days after another major cartel figure was sentenced.

Benjamin Arellano-Felix, the former leader of the Tijuana Cartel/Arellano-Felix Organization, was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in San Diego to 25 years in prison.

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