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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Obama Unveils New Budget, As Republicans Gird For Battle

Feb 13, 2012

President Obama unveiled a spending plan aimed at trimming $4 trillion from the deficit over the next decade, while boosting spending to programs to stimulate the still-ailing U.S. economy.

"At a time when our economy is growing and creating jobs at a faster pace, our job is to keep things on track," Obama told an audience at a Northern Virginia community college.

"I am proposing some difficult cuts that frankly, I wouldn't be proposing if I didn't have to," he said.

But he said, the nation could not simply cut its way to growth.

"We need to make sure that everyone is paying their fair share for the things we do need," he said.

Referring to the so-called Buffet Rule proposal requiring the wealthy to pay more taxes, he said "it's not class warfare, it's common sense."

But the battle lines were already being drawn on Monday, insuring more deadlock between Congress and the White House.

Before the president's speech, Republicans had already gotten in line to shoot holes in the budget proposal. Rep. Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee, said the president seemed like he had "decided again to campaign instead of govern.

"He's just going to duck the responsibility to tackle this country's fiscal problems," Ryan said.

Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell said Democrats did not want to vote on the spending plan, so he would once again put it forward for a Senate vote where he predicted it would fail as it did last year.

In a nutshell, here's the president's plan calls for:

-- Capping annual appropriations approved in August to save $1 trillion over the next decade.

-- Allowing the Bush-era tax cuts to expire at the end of this year for families making $250,000 or more per year, effectively adding $1.5 trillion in new tax revenue.

-- Eliminating tax deductions on the wealthiest taxpayers and enacting the Buffett rule to ensure households with an annual income in excess of $1 million pay at least 30 percent of their income in taxes.

-- Imposing a new $61 billion tax over 10 years on big banks aimed at recovering the costs of the financial bailout and providing money to help homeowners facing foreclosure on their homes.

-- Eliminating tax breaks for oil, gas and coal companies.

-- Spending an additional $476 billion on transportation projects, including efforts to expand inner-city rail services.

-- A $50 billion "upfront" investment for transportation, $30 billion to modernize at least 35,000 schools and $30 billion to help states hire teachers and police, rescue and fire department workers.

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