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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Rep. Ryan Says New GOP Budget Plan 'Offers Real Solutions Again'

Mar 20, 2012
Originally published on March 20, 2012 11:22 am

With a video, an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal and press events today, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is offering what he and other Republicans say is a budget plan with "real solutions" to the exploding federal deficits and debt.

And he says that like the plan House Republicans introduced last year, which did not survive critics' challenges:

"Our budget delivers real spending discipline. It does this not through indiscriminate cuts that endanger our military, but by ending the epidemic of crony politics and government overreach that has weakened confidence in the nation's institutions and its economy."

NPR's Tamara Keith reports on Morning Edition that among the differences from last year's GOP blueprint, the new proposal would allow senior citizens in the future who are covered by Medicare to "choose between government coverage and private insurance." Last year, Ryan and his colleagues proposed turning Medicare into a voucher program.

The National Journal adds that "in an attempt to rein in government spending and slash corporate tax rates, Ryan's budget aims to lower the corporate tax rate to 25 percent, from its current level of 35 percent. It also consolidates the six current tax brackets to just two: 10 percent and 25 percent, among other cuts and changes to the tax system. ... [It] aims to cut $5.3 trillion over the next 10 years — a drastic move that will see fervent pushback from his Democratic colleagues."

Along with the video and op-ed, the Budget Committee is posting materials about the Ryan plan on its website.

The Washington Post's The Fix blog reports that the plan is already coming under criticism from some other Republicans, who say it will be a political problem for the party.

And critics from the Left are weighing in too. Roger Hickey of the Campaign for America's Future calls it a "suicide pact ... that ignores the clear views of the majority of Americans."

Update at 10:10 a.m. ET. More On The Plan:

The Budget Committee has now posted its new "Path to Prosperity" plan here. the "key facts and summary" begin here.

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