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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Report: Pentagon 'Beginning Review Of Syria Options'

Feb 8, 2012
Originally published on February 8, 2012 8:36 am

As the U.S. continues to search for diplomatic solution to the crisis in Syria, "the Pentagon and the U.S. Central Command have begun a preliminary internal review of U.S. military capabilities," CNN is reporting.

The cable news network's Barbara Starr says that while "two senior administration officials who spoke about the review to CNN emphasized that U.S. policy for now remains the use of non-military options ... the military is beginning to look at what can be done."

"One of the senior U.S. officials called the effort a 'scoping exercise' to see what capabilities are available given other U.S. military commitments in the region," Starr also reports.

Since protests against the regime of President Bashar Assad began last spring, more than 5,000 Syrians have died — most at the hands of government forces — according to the U.N.

Meanwhile:

-- The Associated Press reports, "some leading voices in Washington" are suggesting that more forceful action will need to be taken to stop the regime of President Bashar Assad from killing more of Syria's people. "We should start considering ... arming the opposition. The bloodletting has got to stop," Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said.

-- Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who met with Assad on Tuesday, said that "efforts to stop the violence should be accompanied by the beginning of dialogue among the political forces," according to the Russian news agency ITAR-Tass. And he said he had "received confirmation of the readiness of the president of Syria for this work."

Over the weekend, Russia and China blocked a U.N. Security Council resolution that would have condemned the Assad regime and urged that he step aside.

-- "The Syrian city of Homs has come under renewed bombardment for the fifth day running — the heaviest so far, residents have told the BBC. Activists say more than 40 people have died as a result of the new shelling, but this is difficult to verify."

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