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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The Golden Age: Florida Primary Centers On Seniors

Jan 31, 2012

Just how important is the senior vote in Florida?

Nearly one in five Floridians is retired. And a survey conducted by AARP predicts that as many as 60 percent of those who cast ballots in Tuesday's Republican primary — 6 out of 10 voters — will be retirees.

If that number is surprising, AARP Florida director Jeff Johnson says it helps to remember that primaries typically have a low turnout.

"When you think about who votes in primaries, they tend to be the most dedicated, loyal voters — the people who vote in every election," Johnson says. "And for years, politicians and political operatives have known that the older you are, the more likely you are to be one of those regular voters."

In Pensacola this weekend, retiree Catherine Murphy came out to a rally for her candidate, Mitt Romney. The most important issue for her: the economy.

"[There are] too many people who don't have the income from their work. My own son, for one," she says.

Murphy says her son is the father of two young children and unable to work after contracting Lyme disease.

Florida is struggling with unemployment higher than the national average and a still dismal housing market, with hundreds of thousands of homeowners facing foreclosure.

University of South Florida political scientist Susan McManus says retirees in the Sunshine State tend to be a little wealthier than retirees elsewhere. But this economic downturn, she says, has had a big impact on Florida's senior citizens.

"They're terribly worried about the economic future of their children and grandchildren," McManus says. "Because many retirees in Florida have had to step up to the plate and help their adult children make their house notes or help them send their kids to college."

In surveys and interviews she conducted with groups of senior voters in Florida, McManus says she finds many are also worried about the nation's debt.

"They're also very likely to say, 'Let's reduce the deficit. But, by the way, let's not mess too much with Medicare and Social Security,'" she says.

Retiree Catherine Murphy says changes might be needed to strengthen Medicare and Social Security, but she's leery about the possibility of cuts.

"I'm one of those old citizens, but people are depending on that," she says. "They could reduce in other areas ... [but] this is a necessary expenditure."

Both former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich support making reforms to Medicare. Both propose giving the elderly the option to stay in traditional Medicare or move into private insurance plans.

Gingrich has also talked about giving younger workers the choice of opting out of Social Security and setting up 401(k)-type retirement accounts. Romney would try to strengthen Social Security by raising the retirement age and slowing the growth in benefits for wealthier retirees.

But you haven't heard much about those proposals as the candidates campaigned over the past week in Florida. Moderators didn't bring them up in the two debates, and Jeff Johnson of AARP says the candidates don't raise them because they're worried whatever they say could be used against them in the primary or general election.

"It is a perilous course for them to raise these issues," Johnson says. The reality, he says, is that whoever is elected president will have to deal with the issues of Social Security and Medicare and their long-term future. "To not know before the election what the candidates think of those issues is really troubling."

Romney and Gingrich — the two Republican front-runners — have campaigned in The Villages, the central Florida community that's home to nearly 80,000 retirees.

At the government center there a few days ago, Dana Carter cast his ballot in early voting for former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum. He says he also is concerned about the future of both Medicare and Social Security, not for himself, but for the next generation.

"I worry about the people who are coming up behind us," Carter says. "Because, unless [politicians] can change something, unless they stop stealing from the Social Security trust fund, there won't be anything for those younger people."

The message from Florida retirees: fix Social Security and Medicare, but do it without making cuts to programs many here depend on.

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