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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House Republicans To Unveil Budget Plan

Mar 20, 2012
Originally published on March 20, 2012 8:31 am



This morning, House Republicans unveiled a new budget plan on Capitol Hill. And like President Obama's budget document last month, the GOP's version is as much a political statement as an actual road map. NPR's Tamara Keith has that story.

TAMARA KEITH, BYLINE: In some ways, this budget is a sequel. This time last year, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan unveiled a controversial budget document that passed the House with strong GOP support.


REP. PAUL RYAN: And we're back with a budget that offers real solutions again.

KEITH: That's Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, in a three-minute web video posted yesterday afternoon. It has a feel that's part movie trailer, part campaign ad, part wonky infomercial.


RYAN: Our plan includes no changes for those in and near retirement; instead of government bureaucrats, puts patients in control of their health- care decisions. We propose tax reform that's common sense - a plan that lowers tax rates and closes special-interest loopholes.

KEITH: When it comes to Medicare, this plan would allow seniors in the future to choose between government coverage and private insurance. It's somewhat less severe than what the House GOP proposed last year. And in fact, Ryan has been working with a Democrat in the Senate on this concept. But already, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is using the proposal to go after vulnerable incumbents, with robo-calls that charge this new budget chooses millionaires over Medicare. Rep. Tim Griffin, a freshman Republican from Arkansas, says he's willing to put up with the inevitable negative campaign ads.

REP. TIM GRIFFIN: If you came up here to just perpetuate yourself in office, then that may be your main concern. But a lot of us came up here to actually - trying to make changes. And I think if you want to deal with our fiscal situation, you have to deal with Medicare.

KEITH: But dealing with Medicare last year didn't go entirely well for House Republicans. That budget was dead on arrival in the Senate, and Democrats were able to use the Medicare issue to win what had been a solidly Republican House seat in New York. Stan Collender is a partner at Qorvis Communications and a longtime budget watcher. He says this budget should satisfy the GOP base.

STAN COLLENDER: The Republican problem is that they've got to appeal to the base now, but then they're going to have to broaden their appeal to independents and hopefully, some Democrats, later in the year. And that's going to be very difficult to do when you're attacking Medicare.

KEITH: The pitch House Republicans are going to have to make is that they're saving Medicare, not attacking it. Of course, that's the same pitch they tried to make last year, with mixed results. Tamara Keith, NPR News. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.