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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How Health Care Dropped Out Of The Presidential Conversation

Jan 26, 2012

Health wonks were miffed about the lack of attention their beloved issue got in President Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night.

"Health care still 1/6 of the economy and growing. Wouldn't know it from #sotu," tweeted an irritated Austin Frakt, a health economist at Boston University who yesterday co-authored a longer response to the president's missing mentions on the Journal of the American Medical Association's website.

Dan Diamond, managing editor of the Advisory Board Company's Daily Briefing, put together a graphic showing that the 44 words on health in this year's speech the president devoted to health care — accounting for 0.6 percent of the address — was by far the lowest of his presidency for State of the Union Speeches.

In 2010, health consumed nearly 8 percent of the speech. Even last year, after the Affordable Care Act was law, the president devoted 3.2 percent of his address to a victory lap.

So why the silent treatment? A look at the latest monthly tracking poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation might offer a few clues.

The public remains deeply divided over the law, which we've known for a while. This month's spread, for what it's worth, finds 37 percent with a favorable view of the law, and 44 percent with an unfavorable view.

This month, however, pollsters asked the public about the pending Supreme Court case over the constitutionality of the requirement for most people to have health insurance starting in 2014. That's the so-called individual mandate.

And the findings might raise some eyebrows. Nearly 6 in 10 respondents said they expect the justices to render a decision based not solely on legal analysis, but will "let their own ideological views influence their decision."

Only 28 percent of respondents said they expected the high court to base its decision purely on the law alone.

And by the way, the public still doesn't like the mandate, which has long been the most unpopular element of the law. Fifty-four percent of those surveyed said in their opinion it is unconstitutional, and 55 percent said they thought the court would reach that conclusion.

But that doesn't mean the public agrees with Republicans when it comes to health care, either.

Half of those polled favor either expanding the law or keeping it as it is, compared to 40 percent who favor either repeal (22 percent ) or repeal and replacement with a GOP alternative (18 percent)

Now you know one reason why Mitch Daniels, the Republican governor of Indiana, didn't talk much about health care in the GOP response to the State of the Union address, either.

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