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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Heading Into Tuesday's Vote, GOP Candidates Seek Southern Comfort

Mar 12, 2012
Originally published on March 12, 2012 5:02 pm

With three wins on Super Tuesday, and a victory in the Kansas caucuses over the weekend, GOP hopeful Rick Santorum is on a high — and campaigning hard in the South.

"This is going to be a very close race here in Mississippi, and I know the same thing is true in Alabama. We've got lots of folks down here working hard," Santorum told a crowd at Weidmann's historic restaurant in Meridian, Miss., on Sunday.

The former Pennsylvania senator said he is the conservative candidate who can reduce government and provide the best contrast to President Obama. And Santorum urged voters to do their part in pushing his GOP rival Newt Gingrich out of the race.

"If we're able to do well here and in Alabama, then I think this race without question becomes a two-person race. I think it's already there, but some people don't recognize that yet," Santorum said, as the crowd laughed.

On NBC's Meet The Press on Sunday, Santorum refused to admit that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has an edge in winning the GOP nomination.

"This race has a tremendous amount of dynamics," he said. "And we've got a lot of states coming up that are going to be great states for us."

Santorum says that includes Pennsylvania and Texas. But this week, it's still a battle for the South.

On Sunday night, Newt Gingrich took center stage in Brandon, Miss., outside Jackson with a stump speech very similar to Santorum's, saying he's the one with the experience to change Washington.

"And while I like and admire my friend Sen. Santorum, the fact is while I was speaker, we passed the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 and we got four consecutive balanced budgets," Gingrich said.

He said Santorum voted to raise the debt ceiling five times. And he again tried to put to rest any rumors that he might get out of the GOP race.

"I am in this race all the way to Tampa for a practical reason," Gingrich said.

That reason, he says, is that the non-establishment, non-Wall Street wing of the Republican Party deserves a candidate.

"I believe in Proverbs. Without vision, the people perish. And I believe we need a visionary, not a manager," he said.

As for Romney, many voters, like real estate developer Gary Harkins, say people here just don't trust him. And they didn't like Romney's attempt last week to act like he was one of them.

"I think that Gov. Romney will stop saying 'y'all' by Wednesday, and he probably won't ever eat grits again," Harkins said.

Harkins says he likes both Santorum and Gingrich, but plans to vote for the former speaker.

"I think he's got more experience and more knowledge, and I think he'll do a better job," Harkins said.

Robbie and Heather LaCoste say they could vote for either Gingrich or Santorum — but in the end, it's Santorum.

"You know he's got a big family," Robbie said. "We got a big family — we got four kids. We like what he stands for — his morals and his faith, his values and everything."

"The family is the strength behind our country," Heather added. "If you have strong families, then you have a strong country. I believe he has stronger values."

It's clear Santorum wants to do well here. But for Gingrich, Alabama and Mississippi are crucial.

"These states provide a direct challenge for both of these candidates who appeal to the same types of voter. Now who is going to be stronger?" asks Merle Black, a political science professor at Emory University and an expert in Southern politics.

"You can make an argument that Gingrich from the Deep South would have an advantage in these other Deep South states. On the other hand, in terms of viability as a potential Republican nominee, Santorum looks stronger than Gingrich," Black said.

Alabama and Mississippi could make or break Gingrich's Southern strategy.

And there's another scenario that could play out. If evangelical and conservative GOP voters split their support between Santorum and Gingrich, Romney could be the big winner. Heading into Tuesday's vote, polls show a tight race in both states.

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