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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Pew Poll: Good News For Santorum, Better News For Obama

Feb 13, 2012
Originally published on February 14, 2012 10:36 am

A new Pew Research Center poll reinforces the frustrating political reality for Mitt Romney that he's unable to convince some key conservative constituencies within the Republican Party that he's one of them.

Pew reports that Rick Santorum has practically tied Romney in its national survey completed Sunday because the former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania is gaining the support of a significantly higher percentage of white evangelicals, Tea Party backers and conservatives compared with the former Massachusetts governor. (A Gallup tracking poll also showed Santorum and Romney essentially tied nationally.)

But the same Pew national poll also found President Obama with significant leads over Romney, Santorum and Newt Gingrich, in increasing order of the size of Obama's lead over each.

The poll found that 30 percent of respondents supported Santorum while 28 percent supported Romney. Only a month ago, Romney had a 17 percentage point lead over Santorum.

And in some fairly horrible news for Romney, he's not just having trouble persuading Republican voters he's conservative; the more he professes his conservatism, the less they apparently believe him. An excerpt from Pew:

"Three months ago, a slim majority (53 percent) of Republican and Republican-leaning voters said Mitt Romney was a strong conservative. Today, 42 percent see him this way, while the number who say he is not a strong conservative has jumped from 33 percent to 50 percent."

Of course, Santorum, Gingrich and Rep. Ron Paul, and their surrogates and supporters have worked non-stop to raise doubts about Romney's record as Massachusetts governor and to highlight moderate comments he made as a Senate candidate in the early 1990s.

But his waning numbers could be because many Republicans just don't believe Romney when he says he's a conservative. That would be ironic since a large percentage of Republicans polled — 64 percent — gave Romney high marks for honesty and trustworthiness, a number that hadn't fallen since the last survey in November.

Another piece of bad news for Romney was his worsened position with independents. Obama now led among independents by nine points. In November, Romney led Obama by 12 points.

Meanwhile, Obama leads the three Republican presidential candidates Pew tested him against (what, no Ron Paul?) in head-to-head general-election match-ups.

Obama led Romney by eight points in the recent poll compared with a two-point lead in November. The president led Santorum by 10 points and Gingrich by 18 points.

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