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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GOP Hopefuls Court Louisianans Ahead Of Primary

Mar 23, 2012



And now, let's get down to the campaign trail. In the race for the Republican nomination, the scene has shifted to Louisiana which is holding its primary tomorrow. Today, all four of the remaining GOP candidates are campaigning in the state.

Most of the media focus is on Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich. Both men have won other southern primaries, and both have been in and out of Louisiana all week long, hoping a victory there will keep their slim chances of winning the GOP nomination alive. Here's NPR's Brian Naylor.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Rick Santorum, the next president of the United States...

BRIAN NAYLOR, BYLINE: Neither a balky sound system, nor a gale that delayed Rick Santorum's motorcade, dampened the enthusiasm of members of the Mandiville Tea Party earlier this week. Santorum stood before them with what at first looked like a black book by his side with red edges. A bible perhaps? Turned out it was the bottom of an etch-a-sketch, a prop to illustrate the now famous gaffe of an aide to Mitt Romney, which Santorum brandished to poke fun at Romney, and tout his own steadfastness.

RICK SANTORUM: You have an opportunity here in Louisiana to make a very clear statement. You're not looking for someone who's the etch-a-sketch candidate. You're looking for someone who writes what they believe in, in stone, and stays true to what they say.


NAYLOR: Santorum is the favorite to win Louisiana, based on recent polling. James Garand is a political science professor at Louisiana State University, and says Republicans here are a divergent lot.

JAMES GARAND: You have parts of the state that are just like the regular Deep South, the northern part of the state is Bible Belt, very conservative, and Republicans are very similar to Republicans in Alabama or Mississippi.

NAYLOR: The southern part of the state, Garand says, has a large Catholic population, which he says is likely to be more receptive to Mitt Romney. Romney has done better among Catholics, than has Santorum, despite Santorum being a Catholic. Still, Garand says:

GARAND: I think, over all, if you look at the entire state, Republicans are more probably going to be more comfortable with a Rick Santorum-type candidacy.

NAYLOR: Even with a win in Louisiana, it's hard to see how Santorum will gain much on Romney's delegate lead, since both will likely receive delegates.

Harder still to figure, are the chances of Newt Gingrich. The former speaker has been campaigning sporadically, but apparently believes he has a shot in Louisiana too. Gingrich spoke at a Baton Rouge Tea Party rally at LSU last night.

NEWT GINGRICH: With your help on Saturday, I believe we once again, for the ninth or tenth time in this cycle, we'll reset the race, and I think we have a huge opportunity to reset the race. But we need your help, right here in Louisiana, on Saturday.

NAYLOR: LSU student Paul Garrison says he plans to support Gingrich in Saturday's primary, but is realistic about his chances.

PAUL GARRISON: It's not over, but, you know, it is unfortunately looking that way. But I'm going to try my hardest and vote and get all my friends to support Gingrich until, you know, the end. And if Romney wins it, then, you know, I guess I'll shift towards him, but in the meantime I'm going to be for Newt.

NAYLOR: Gingrich and Santorum both have busy schedules in Louisiana today, and they'll be joined in the state by Romney, and even Ron Paul, who's been all but absent from the campaign trail, but apparently believes he can pick up a few delegates here as well.

Brian Naylor, NPR News, Monroe, Louisiana.


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