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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One Of Britain's Most Tenacious Pugilists Returns To Parliament

Mar 30, 2012
Originally published on March 31, 2012 12:06 pm

Those in Britain who complain that their politicians tend to be mealy-mouthed mediocrities who spend their lives battling over the middle ground are being compelled to think again.

One of the country's most fiesty political brawlers, George Galloway, has once again sprung back into the political ring by unexpectedly securing a return to parliament, long after most pundits had written him off.

By-elections in Britain often produce unpredictable results, but Galloway's resounding victory Thursday in the northern English city of Bradford will go down in history as one of the biggest shocks of all. His new constituency — Bradford West — has been a comfortable Labour Party seat since Harold Wilson was in No. 10, Downing Street, well before anyone outside England had heard of Margaret Thatcher, the Conservative who became prime minister in 1979.

The result is particularly embarrassing for Labour. The party does not expect to lose seats when it is in opposition, let alone to be routed. Galloway secured 10,000 more votes than the Labour runner-up.

His landslide marks the return to the House of Commons of one of the most tenacious pugilists in British politics. In 2003, Labour — then in government — expelled Galloway because of his fierce opposition to the invasion of Iraq. As co-founder of Respect, a fringe anti-war party, Galloway continues to call for Labour's former Prime Minister Tony Blair to be tried for war crimes.

Galloway has exacted revenge for his expulsion before, by winning a safe Labour seat in London in 2005. But his political fortunes later waned, prompting observers to assume that, at 57, he was destined to spend the rest of his career as a minor talk show host.

As Galloway celebrates what he is calling the "Bradford Spring" — a reference to the uprisings against Arab dictatorships — Britain's political pundits are trying to work out why they were caught napping so spectacularly.

It is generally believed he secured widespread support within Bradford's large Muslim population, partly through his opposition to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but also by promising to oppose any move to go to war with Iran.
Many people have tended to dismiss Galloway as a maverick and also an eccentric, especially after he featured on the TV reality show Big Brother, dressed as a cat. But analysts within and outside government will now be eager to establish the meaning of Galloway's victory — and whether it might signal that significant numbers of disaffected British Muslims have begun turning their backs on the political mainstream.

Conclusions will be difficult, as it is hard to determine the role played by Galloway's personal attributes. He is a formidable campaigner, a combative, charismatic Scot who can devastate his opponents in an argument, as a U.S. Senate committee found out when it summoned Galloway to discuss allegations — that he has always denied, and have never been proven — about receiving kickbacks from the U.N.'s Oil for Food Program in Iraq during the Saddam era. Galloway turned the tables on senators with a scathing indictment of U.S. policy in Iraq, delivered flawlessly and without notes.

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