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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Friday Political Grab Bag: Obama To Israel, Iran - 'I Don't Bluff'

Mar 2, 2012

President Obama tells both Israel and Iran through an interview with The Atlantic that "as president of the United States, I don't bluff," when he leaves open the possibility of a U.S. military strike against Iran's nuclear program. Obama made the comments shortly before a scheduled meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House, during which he will stress there's no need for an Israeli attack on Iran, and an appearance before AIPAC, the pro-Israel lobby. It also occurs during an election year when the votes of Jewish Americans could be crucial in Florida and elsewhere.

Maryland Gov. Mark O'Malley signed gay-marriage legislation into law Thursday evening, making his state the eighth to do so.

Virginia's legislature approved a controversial bill mandating ultrasounds for most women seeking abortions in the state. The anti-abortion bill, which was watered down to allow women to get external ultrasounds instead of a more invasive procedure, now goes to Gov. Rob McDonnell who has said he would sign it.

Washington State normally gets ignored by presidential candidates during the primary season. But as NPR's Martin Kaste reported on Morning Edition, the all-out delegate chase for the Republican presidential nomination has caused the candidates to visit Washington in hopes that winning the non-binding straw poll could help them eventually add to their delegate counts.

Rick Santorum accused Michigan Republican officials of chicanery after they decided that instead of a tie in the delegates that would be awarded to Santorum and Mitt Romney after Romney's narrow primary victory there this week they would give Romney two more delegates than Santorum.

Ten years ago when he was running to be Massachusetts governor, a very different sounding Mitt Romney boasted of his Washington ties and ability to get taxpayers' dollars out of the nation's capital, according to video unearthed by ABC News.

Sen. Olympia Snowe explained in a Washington Post op-ed why she is exiting the U.S. Senate. "... Congress is becoming more like a parliamentary system — where everyone simply votes with their party and those in charge employ every possible tactic to block the other side. But that is not what America is all about, and it's not what the Founders intended."

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