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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Mar 12, 2012

Rising gas prices have many voters looking for someone to blame and President Obama appears to be as good a target as anyone, a new Washington Post/ABC News poll suggests, with the president's approval rating falling from 50 percent last month to 46 percent recently.

The alleged killing of 16 Afghan civilians by a U.S. soldier, and any indigenous retaliation, are expected to increase pressure on Obama to accelerate the drawdown of U.S. troops from the troubled nation.

Mitt Romney's quest for the Republican presidential nomination has benefited from its organized and well-funded strategy, reminiscent of Obama's 2008 approach, of focusing on gathering delegates in every possible locale in an attempt to make it mathematically impossible for anyone to win the nod but himself.

While Mississippi and Alabama are seen as unfavorable states for Romney, some polls show him either tied or ahead in both Deep South states.

Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich are both looking to the Mississippi and Alabama primaries Tuesday to spur their campaigns, with the former House speaker admitting that he needs at least one strong showing and maybe more to stay in the race.

Despite the disdain lobbyists are often subjected to, with the Obama administration keeping them at arms' length, members of Congress who preparing to leave are making no secret about joining the lobbying ranks.

Rod Blagojevich, the former Illinois governor convicted on corruption charges, begins a 14-year federal prison term this week and is likely to be shocked by the stark conditions he'll encounter, according to former politicians who became federal prison inmates.

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