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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Live Blog: Romney Talks To News Editors

Apr 4, 2012
Originally published on April 4, 2012 12:55 pm

Coming off his three-state sweep in Tuesday's primaries, GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney this noon renewed his charge that President Obama has displayed an "appalling lack of leadership."

Romney said that if elected president he could provide the kind of experience and guidance to give the economy a lift, get the government on the path toward deficit reduction and ensure the USA continues to play a leading role around the world.

The former Massachusetts governor took to the same stage where Obama on Tuesday delivered some sharp words about Romney's and other Republicans' "social Darwinism" when it comes to deficit reduction.

We monitored Romney's speech to the American Society of News Editors, which is meeting in Washington, D.C., and posted highlights.

Update at 12:42 p.m. ET. Has He Asked Other Republicans To Drop Out?

Several of Romney's prominent supporters have called on Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Rep. Ron Paul to give up their campaigns for the Republican nomination. Has Romney asked the others do that?

No he says, and then with a laugh adds "but now that you bring it up ..."

Romney goes on to say those are decisions those candidates need to make on their own.

And that concluded his time with ASNE.

Update at 12:41 p.m. ET. On Iran:

"With regards to Iran and their nuclear program," Romney says, "this is not something that can be guaranteed to be solved through diplomacy."

Update at 12:36 p.m. ET. Obama's "Anti" Agenda:

Romney says the president has produced an "anti-business, anti-jobs, anti-investment agenda."

Update at 12:31 p.m. ET. Obama Has Been Guilty Of "Distortions And Inaccuracies":

Asked about Obama's address to ASNE, Romney says it was full of "distortions and inaccuracies." One, he says, is the suggestion that Republicans would cut all programs by the same percentage. "Of course you wouldn't cut programs on a proportional basis," Romney says. That is one of several "straw men that have no relevance in reality."

Update at 12:27 p.m. ET. "New Beginning":

As he nears the finish of his address, Romney says, "I am offering a real choice and a new beginning. I am running for president because I have the experience and the vision to get us out of this mess. We know what Barack Obama's vision of America is – we've all lived it the last three years. Mine is very different. ...

"I see an America that is humble but never humbled, that leads but is never lead."

Update at 12:20 p.m. ET. "Appalling Lack Of Leadership":

Romney assails what he says is Obama's "appalling lack of leadership," saying that when Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner was pressed about entitlement reform, he told Congress "we are not coming before you today to say we have a definitive solution to that long term problem. What we do know is we don't like yours."

"Take a moment and think about that," Romney says. " 'We don't have a solution. All we know is we don't like yours.' It almost makes one long for the days when the president simply led from behind."

Update at 12:18 p.m. ET. Obama's "New Normal":

Continuing to focus on Obama and repeating many things he said after Tuesday's primaries, Romney says "the new normal the president would have us embrace is trillion dollar deficits and eight percent unemployment."

Update at 12:15 p.m. ET. What Is Obama Hiding?

Romney says that during the campaign, "candidates must be candid about their views and plans. And, in that regard, President Obama's comments to President Medvedev are deeply troubling [about missile reduction talks]. That incident calls his candor into serious question. He does not want to share his real plans before the election, either with the public or with the press. By flexibility, he means that 'what the American public doesn't know won't hurt him.' He is intent on hiding."

Update at 12:12 p.m. ET. On The Media:

Romney starts with some comments about the news media and the digital age. He says "I find myself missing the presence of editors to practice quality control" and laments that too many stories don't adhere to the "two-source rule" — and that at least one source be named.

Update at 12:10 p.m. ET. Romney Is Now On Stage.

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