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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Fight Over Contraceptive Coverage Heats Up In Court

Feb 17, 2012

The fight over who pays for birth control isn't confined to Congress or the campaign trail. It's burning in federal court, too.

The Obama administration has now officially responded to the lawsuit filed in November by North Carolina's Belmont Abbey College, alleging that the new rules requiring no-cost contraceptive coverage for women violate their religious teachings. Belmont Abbey is a Catholic college founded by Benedictine monks.

The lawsuit charged that the rules "run roughshod over Belmont Abbey College's religious beliefs, and the beliefs of millions of other Americans by forcing them to pay for contraception, sterilization, abortion, and related education and counseling."

The administration's lawyers, however, respond that the rules — even before the changes announced last week — do nothing of the kind. And not for the reason you might think.

The fact is, according to the Justice Department's motion to dismiss the case, Belmont Abbey College's health plan apparently is not now, and was not in November, subject to the contraceptive coverage requirement.

That's because it seems to have been "grandfathered" under the 2010 Affordable Care Act, meaning it has not changed benefits or cost-sharing enough since the act was passed to be considered a new plan. As such, the college's health plan is not subject to the contraceptive coverage rule, either the original or modified one.

"This is simply not a case where plaintiff is 'forced to choose between forgoing lawful activity and risking substantial legal sanctions,'" the Justice Department wrote.

And even if, in fact, the plan has changed and is subject to the rules, as a religious institution it will have at least an additional year to come into compliance under the modifications announced last week. That makes it "not yet ripe" in legal parlance, for a court decision, since no injury is imminent.

That, not surprisingly, did not go over well with the college's lawyers.

"The Administration is taking the remarkable position that announcing future plans at a press conference means the courts should ignore what the law on the books actually says," sais Hannah Smith, senior counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which is representing Belmont Abbey College and several other religious institutions suing over the rule. "Since when does 'Trust me, I'm from the government' suspend the laws of the land?' "

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