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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Looks Like That Post-Rapture Pet-Walking Company Was A Hoax

Mar 22, 2012

A New Hampshire man who claimed last year that for a fee of $135 he would arrange to have your dog walked if the Rapture did indeed begin last May 21 and you got taken up to heaven, is now saying that his business venture was a hoax.

Bart Centre, who last year was interviewed by NPR's Weekend All Things Considered, by The Washington Post and some other organizations, "came clean after the state Insurance Department delivered a subpoena because he appeared to be engaged in 'unauthorized business of insurance' through his Eternal Earth-Bound Pets business," Religion News Service reports.

In a post on a blog that promotes his book The Atheist Camel, Centre now writes that he was essentially just satirizing broadcaster Harold Camping's much-publicized prediction that the Rapture was about to begin:

"Eternal Earth-Bound Pets employs no paid rescuers. It has no clients. It has never issued a service certificate. It has accepted no service contract applications nor received any payments - not a single dollar – in the almost three years of its existence. If I had received a payment my conscience and ethics would have prohibited me from keeping it, as would my Episcopal wife's ire.

"EE-BP is and always has been a poe, a satire, a spoof, a poke at absurd religious belief — a statement and a challenge to believers to belly up to the bar to prove their compassion and genuine commitment to one of their most outlandish interpretations of the bible. And guess what ... they didn't."

He adds that "the NH Insurance Department will be either disappointed or relieved to find out this is all a fantasy and that no clients exist except in my imagination and on the pages of many hundreds of publications." Centre had been claiming, as recently as earlier this month, that he did indeed have some paying clients.

The Eternal Earth-Bound Pets website still exists, however. And the first Q&A on its FAQ page still says this:

"Q: Is this a Joke?

"A: No. This is a serious offer to our Christian friends who believe in the Second Coming and honestly care about the future of their pets after the Rapture occurs."

We mentioned Centre's supposed venture once, by the way, in a post about Judgment Day entrepreneurs and pranksters. It appears we should have put him in with the jokers, not the capitalist. Our apologies.

Update at 2:30 p.m. ET. Comments From Centre And An Insurance Regulator:

Amy Held of Weekend All Things Considered reached Centre earlier today and says he told her he's sorry for misleading NPR and other news outlets. She also spoke with Richard McCaffrey of the New Hampshire Department of Insurance, who said he's due to meet with Centre next week. McCaffrey said he still wants to know if the venture did start as a hoax, or was begun in the hope that some people really might pay for the service.

The show is planning an update on the story during Saturday's broadcast.

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