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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Other Options Gone, Tea Party Members Warm Up To Romney

Apr 17, 2012
Originally published on April 17, 2012 12:26 pm

Likely GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney is reaching out to a segment of the Republican base that has given him trouble in this year's primary season: the Tea Party. On Monday night in Philadelphia, he spoke to activists from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, and what might have been a tough crowd turned out to be just the opposite.

The event in the stately rotunda of the Franklin Institute in downtown Philadelphia was more formal than you often get at a Tea Party gathering. The crowd featured more blue blazers than American-flag shirts. And the usual grumbling about Romney's conservative credentials was noticeably absent.

Teri Adams, the president of the Independence Hall Tea Party Association set a welcoming tone. And a giant statue of Benjamin Franklin towered over the proceedings.

Romney immediately struck a favorite Tea Party theme by talking about the nation's Founding Fathers. His speech was full of references to liberty and freedom.

"President Obama thinks the economy is struggling because the stimulus wasn't big enough. The economy is struggling because government is too big, and we're going to bring it down to size," Romney told the crowd.

And he ended by saying the campaign is going to be fun — and by asking for Tea Party help in defeating Obama.

There were a lot of people in the audience who are only recent converts to the Romney cause. Meg Shaffer, who sat in the front row, works in management and says just a few months ago she couldn't imagine voting for Romney; she was a Herman Cain fan. Now she says she's more than ready to vote for the man she calls the nominee.

"He mussed his hair a little bit, and he came down to earth a little bit. My only concern I have is that I want to make sure that he relates to the middle-class individual," she said.

Jim Zenkowich, a letter carrier with the Postal Service, is a former Michele Bachmann supporter. Then he liked Rick Santorum. Now he says he's comfortable with Romney and is not worried that the candidate will suddenly shift to the center politically for the general election.

"He may highlight things that appeal to more moderate people, but that's not changing positions — that's just reaching out to different groups. You have to reach out to different groups in different ways," he says.

Still, it's an open question how hard the Tea Party will actually work for Romney. That will depend on one thing, says New Jersey Tea Party member Bill Miller. "At this point, the only thing he can possibly do is who he picks for V.P., who's going to be his people that he's going to work with going forward," he says.

Miller says a solid Tea Party conservative on the ticket would generate some real enthusiasm to go along with what is right now the promise of Tea Party votes.

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