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: Rep. Paul Ryan Endorses Mitt Romney Etc

Mar 30, 2012
Originally published on March 30, 2012 10:21 am

Rep. Paul Ryan's endorsed Mitt Romney Friday just ahead of Tuesday's Wisconsin primary. In an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Ryan said: "I think he deserves to be the nominee. I think he earned it. He has emerged as the best candidate." Ryan, a rising star in the party who many wanted to run for president and who is seen as a vice presidential possibility, said a further protracted primary would weaken the party's chances of beating President Obama in November.

Several polls give Romney a significant lead in Wisconsin over Rick Santorum, his closest rival in the remaining Republican field. An NBC News/Marist Poll places his lead at seven percentage points while a Marquette Law School poll placed it at eight points. Romney's campaign and his superPAC allies have barraged the state with mostly negative ads against Santorum.

Romney received the endorsement of former President George H.W. Bush Thursday during a visit to the 41st president's Houston office.

Obama's campaign demanded that Romney make public his tax returns going back to the 1980s so voters could see whether he benefited from a special investment tactic that could have vastly enlarged his IRA account by tens of millions of dollars while he headed Bain Capital, the private-equity firm.

Though he was criticized President George W. Bush's expansive use of executive power during his 2008 presidential campaign, Obama has resorted to using it himself in not just national security but domestic affairs, often as a response to a congressional Republicans who have blocked his agenda.

Conservative Justice Antonin Scalia upset some Democrats who thought his comments and jibes during oral arguments on the Affordable Care Act betrayed his partisanship and that his mind was already made up. Those familiar with his role on the court didn't see anything out of the ordinary.

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