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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Finally, The Payoff In Women's NCAA Basketball

Apr 1, 2012

The NCAA Division 1 women's tournament gets criticized for not having enough true March Madness moments, when the Davids rise up and beat the Goliaths in nerve-jangling upsets. Such is the power structure in the women's game, with largely untouchable elite teams.

The payoff comes when all those elite teams gather, as they have in Denver, in such a show of force and talent that a fan tends not to miss the little guys.

For only the second time in the history of the women's tournament, all four regional No. 1 seeds have gathered for the Final Four. Baylor, Stanford, Connecticut and Notre Dame all have won NCAA titles. Their combined win-loss record for this season is 140-8, with those eight losses spread among three teams because the Baylor Lady Bears are 38 and 0. They've got a chance to become the first team — men's or women's — to win 40 games in a season.

There are stars: Baylor's peerless Brittney Griner, a 6'8" shot-blocking and scoring machine; Odyssey Sims, the spark-plug point guard for the Lady Bears; Notre Dame's Skylar Diggins, a more complete point guard in her second straight trip to the national semifinals; and Stanford's Ogwumike sisters, senior Nneka and sophomore Chiney, a supremely skilled duo in the post.

There is great defense, led by perennial power UConn with its nation's best 46.1 points per game allowed; Notre Dame with its No. 5 ranking at 51.5 ppg; and Baylor, No. 7 at 52. UConn and Baylor rank 1 and 2 in field goal percentage defense, limiting opponents on how many field goals they make. Stanford is No. 8 in that category. Finally, Notre Dame is third in the nation in steals, averaging 13 a game.

And, there's incentive all around to beat last year. Baylor lost in regional play last season before the Final 4. Stanford and UConn got to the Final Four, but both lost in the semifinals. And Notre Dame, which beat UConn in their semifinal matchup, lost in the title game to Texas A&M.

Chips on the shoulders for everyone. Chips plus talent plus skill equals four dynamic, hungry teams.

Payoff indeed.

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