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!":

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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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Mich. Prospects Looking Up For Romney

Feb 26, 2012
Originally published on February 29, 2012 11:20 am



This is WEEKEND EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin.

The Republican race for president heads to Michigan and Arizona this week. Both states hold primaries on Tuesday. Former Governor Mitt Romney was in Michigan yesterday, his campaign bus logging more than 250 miles across the state. He's fighting the recent surge of former Senator Rick Santorum.

Romney held three events in three towns - Lansing, Troy and Flint - and NPR's Ari Shapiro was with him at all three stops.

ARI SHAPIRO, BYLINE: Mitt Romney's father is a legend here in Michigan, so the candidate tells at least one family story at every event in the state. Yesterday, the anecdotes multiplied.


MITT ROMNEY: He wasn't always right, but he always thought he was right. And he had...


SHAPIRO: At a breakfast event in Lansing, Romney talked about the hospital where he was born, the school where he went to kindergarten, his father's gubernatorial campaign, and Dad's inauguration on a snowy day like this one.


ROMNEY: And as I recall, they'd also just changed the slogan of the state. It used to be Water Wonderland. Remember, on the license plates? It said Water Wonderland. They changed it to Winter Water Wonderland. Now, it was hard just to say it, but to get it on a license plate proved to be impossible, all right?


SHAPIRO: Romney seemed relaxed and breezy. Things are looking better for him than they were a week ago. Back then, Rick Santorum held a double-digit lead in polls. Now, Romney seems to have closed the gap. It's partly because of his aggressive attacks on Santorum during Wednesday's debate in Arizona, and a nonstop barrage of TV ads by the superPAC supporting him. Romney continued the assault yesterday.


ROMNEY: I think Senator Santorum wishes he could take back what he said. He talked about how he voted for some things because he took one for the team. The team has got to be the people of America, not partisanship. And...


SHAPIRO: Later, at a lunchtime event in Troy, the attack was even sharper.


ROMNEY: I can attest for my conservative credentials by quoting someone who endorsed me in my 2008 campaign. Senator Santorum was kind enough to say on "The Laura Ingraham Show" - he said: Mitt Romney, this is a guy who is really conservative, and who we can trust.

SHAPIRO: It was not enough to win over construction worker Dan Wrightler.

DAN WRIGHTLER: Romney's moderate tendencies are not - they don't interest me. I'm not interested in somebody who's going out and saying that global warming is this real thing.

SHAPIRO: The whole day had a lighthearted feel. It was easy to overlook the millions of dollars being spent, and that huge national stakes that are on the line. A voter like Brace Case pulls those stakes right back into focus.

BRACE CASE: I'm 74 and still working.

SHAPIRO: He's a big Romney fan who came to the last rally of the day, at a college in Flint.

CASE: We sold our land, our home to a developer. Unfortunately, he couldn't build houses - sell houses once he built it. So we lost our land and our home.

SHAPIRO: It's a sadly typical Michigan story. Case doesn't know whether Romney can fix the problem. But he's willing to give him his vote.

Ari Shapiro, NPR News, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.