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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Kinzinger, Jackson Jr. Among Ill. Primary Winners

Mar 21, 2012



Mitt Romney won the Illinois Republican primary convincingly yesterday, as we've been reporting elsewhere in the program. Illinois voters were not just voting for presidential candidates, though, there were congressional primaries as well. Redistricting made things very interesting. Two Republican incumbents had to run against one another, and a high-profile Democratic incumbent got a challenge from a former colleague. NPR's David Schaper runs down the results.

DAVID SCHAPER, BYLINE: Democrats controlled the redistricting process in Illinois and made some Republican incumbents fight for their political lives. Freshman Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger was remapped into a Chicago-based Democratic district, while many of his constituents wound up in a very conservative neighboring district.

Kinzinger decided to follow those voters, even though it meant challenging fellow Republican and 20-year-veteran Don Manzullo. In a classic battle between youth and experience, and over which candidate is more conservative, in the end, the voters chose Kinzinger.


SCHAPER: He calls the Republican primary victory the greatest honor of his life.

CONGRESSMAN ADAM KINZINGER: You know, with the hard work and dedication of our supporters, we were able to knock on over 10,000 doors, tens of thousands of phone calls to our neighbors across the new 16th district to explain why it's time for a new generation of leadership in Washington, D.C.


SCHAPER: Veteran Congressman Don Manzullo took the defeat hard, blaming his loss on a tax from superPACs that called into question his truthfulness.

CONGRESSMAN DON MANZULLO: How do you overcome strangers from outside the district that spend $400,000 to beat the pulp out of you? My favorite was the Pinocchio nose.


SCHAPER: Back in the district, Kinzinger didn't want to run in, Chicago Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. won another Democratic nomination surviving his first real contest since taking office 17 years ago. The newly drawn Jackson district extends much further from Chicago's Southside into the suburbs and beyond, bringing a challenge from former Congresswoman, Debbie Halvorson, who lost her seat to Kinzinger two years ago.

Jackson is under investigation by the House Ethics Committee. Halvorson attacked her former Democratic colleague hard, but Jackson prevailed easily.

CONGRESSMAN JESSE JACKSON: We showed people that folks in the second congressional district, urban and suburban, ex-urban and rural, are willing to stand up for progressive principals. And we showed them that even when confronted by the NRA and a Texas superPAC, Illinois families will choose accomplishments over attacks every time.


SCHAPER: In another Illinois race, Iraq War veteran Tammy Duckworth won the Democratic primary to face Freshman Tea Party favorite, Joe Walsh.

David Schaper, NPR News, Chicago. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.