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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Record GM Profits Could Make Romney's Anti-Bailout Message A Harder Sell

Feb 16, 2012

Mitt Romney has worn his opposition to the Obama administration's bailout of GM and Chrysler into Michigan as a badge of honor in the lead up to the state's Republican presidential primary at the end of the month.

But that message may be a harder sell for him against the backdrop of GM reporting Thursday that it posted record profits in 2011 of $7.6 billion, 62 percent higher than the previous year's.

In addition to those profits, GM will reportedly pay $7,000 in profit-sharing to unionized employees.

Earlier in the week, in a Detroit News op-ed Romney reiterated his 2008 stance against a U.S. taxpayer bailout out of GM and Chrysler. He argued that the companies should be forced into the regular corporate bankruptcy process to restructure.

Many experts have said the car makers would not have survived filing bankruptcy petitions without federal support since it was next to impossible to find the private lenders wiling to provide the companies with the billions of dollars they needed to continue operating as they shed costs and renegotiated their liabilities.

Both the departing Bush White House team and Obama's new team in 2009 shored up the car makers with federal money. That gave the Obama White House more leverage to dictate terms as the companies eventually entered and exited bankruptcy proceedings.

Romney's opposition to the federal bailouts of GM and Chrysler would seem to be risky in a state like Michigan with its economic and psychic dependence on the auto industry.

But many conservatives in the state, especially members of the Tea Party movement, have opposed the bailouts. So Romney's position should, theoretically, find many receptive voters in Michigan.

Still, the potential problem for Romney, however, is that even some Republicans, let alone Democrats and many independents, are likely to see GM's financial results as further vindication of the federal bailouts and Obama's approach.

That could make Michigan voters a challenge for Romney to win over from Obama in the general election should the former Massachusetts governor become the Republican presidential nominee.

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