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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Monday Political Grab Bag: Romney Wins In PR; Race Heads To Illinois

Mar 19, 2012
Originally published on March 19, 2012 12:45 pm

Mitt Romney won Puerto Rico's Republican presidential primary Sunday, adding the commonwealth's 20 delegates to his commanding lead over the other candidates as they compete to reach the 1,144 needed for the nomination. Rick Santorum hurt himself with the island's voters by saying English had to become its official language before it could achieve statehood.

Heading into Tuesday's Illinois primary, Romney appeared to hold a lead over Santorum, his main rival, with the former Massachusetts governor attacking Santorum as an economic lightweight and Santorum hitting Romney as a false conservative. Meanwhile, the state's conservative party has shifted right, clouding predictions about what could happen Tuesday.

President Obama's re-election campaign raised $45 million in February, which was more than January but less than he raised at a similar stage four years ago. The campaign said 97.7 percent of the contributions were $250 or less and some noted that Obama had fewer big donors than in the past. His total for the election cycle now nears $300 million.

During debt negotiations last summer with Speaker John Boehner and other House leaders, President Obama raised his demands during negotiations in attempt to make any deal more palatable to his Democratic base, a move which caused the speaker to break off negotiations, according to a lengthy Washington Post piece.

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., son of the famous civil rights leader and Democratic politician, is in an unaccustomed fight for his political survival against former congresswoman Debbie Halvorsen in the Democratic primary Tuesday. Jackson has been hurt by the revelation of a past extramarital relationship and fallout from the Rod Blagojevich scandal.

A new Indiana poll shows Sen. Richard Lugar, the long-time Republican senator, with a six-percentage point lead over Richard Mourdock, the state treasurer with Tea Party support who hopes to unseat him in the May primary.

Brian Lamb, CEO of C-Span since its founding 34 years ago, is stepping down from that post on April 1.

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