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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In Ohio, A Battle To Prove Electability

Mar 3, 2012
Originally published on March 3, 2012 10:48 am



Now, to Super Tuesday. Ohio may not offer the most delegates of the ten states who will vote on Super Tuesday, but it has become the most coveted state for all the candidates of the Republican nomination for president, a microcosm of the countrywide fight for supremacy. Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney will all campaign there today. NPR's Tamara Keith has this campaign update from Cleveland.

TAMARA KEITH, BYLINE: Ohio residents are used to being the center of attention. It's a key swing state, and every four years, presidential candidates criss-cross the state courting votes. The latest polls here show Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney both have a shot at taking the primary, and both really, really want to win.

RICK SANTORUM: When Ohio shouts we want a conservative, this country will stand up and join you.

MITT ROMNEY: I need your vote. Get out there and vote as many times as they let you...


ROMNEY: No not - not that way.

KEITH: That was Santorum at an event in Eastlake and Mitt Romney in Cleveland, both last night. For Romney, it would cement his on again, off again, front-runner status. For Santorum, Ohio would prove he can win a big primary.

SANTORUM: We don't need another manager of Washington. We need someone who has a track record to go down - who's gone down to Washington and shaken things up. You know, I've gotten some grief in the media lately because well, I'm a little bit too passionate, I say things that sometimes offend people.

KEITH: If anything, his chief opponent Mitt Romney is sometimes criticized for the opposite, but Romney supporter Leann Smith says that's not fair.

LEANN SMITH: He's a very genuine person. He's not, you know, like everybody tries to make him to be this very corporate-like person, and he's a very personable and genuine person.

KEITH: Smith is underemployed. Her degree is in education, but she can't find a teaching job, so she's doing data entry. Romney's focus on jobs in the economy resonates with her.

ROMNEY: This is really a campaign about great jobs and rising incomes and lowering our deficit, keeping America strong, protecting America.

KEITH: And in the primary, it's also a campaign with four men trying to prove that they're the one who is uniquely equipped with just the right message to beat President Obama in the fall, which is why Ohio is so important. It's all about proving electability. Tamara Keith, NPR News, Cleveland. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.