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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Romney Calls Negative Ad Ceasefire As Santorum Tends To Sick Daughter

Apr 9, 2012

Updated at 2:23 pm: Rick Santorum's daughter, Bella, is expected to be released from the hospital by Monday evening given the improvement in her condition, said Alice Stewart, spokeswoman for the former senator's campaign.

Assuming her release goes as planned and Santorum, who took a break from his campaign to tend to his daughter and for the Easter holiday, returns to the trail, that would clear the way for the Romney campaign to resume its negative advertising against Santorum.

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Mitt Romney's campaign has asked TV stations in Pennsylvania to pull down its negative advertising against Rick Santorum, his rival for the Republican presidential nomination, as the former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania stays off the campaign to tend to his sick daughter.

In a brief statement, Romney campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul said:

"We have done this out of deference to Sen. Santorum's decision to suspend his campaign for personal family reasons."

A person familiar with the situation said the Romney campaign made the request Monday morning which was the earliest it could reach the relevant contacts at broadcast and cable operations because of the holiday weekend.

Stations were asked to pull an anti-Santorum ad that started running last week as soon as was technically possible. That leaves open the chance that the negative ad could be seen by some Pennsylvania voters beyond Monday morning because of the automated technology some stations use to manage their ads.

A new ad called "Conservative Record" which shows a clip of Romney pointing to record as Massachusetts governor as proof that he's a fiscal hawk sent for the stations to run in place of the anti-Santorum ad.

Without questioning whether the move was made from sincere compassion, because it's likely to be seen as the decent and honorable thing to do from the average voter's perspective, it could earn Romney some points with voters which, according to some polls, he could use.

The long primary fight, with the attacks on him and his attacks on his rivals, has damaged Romney's likeability ratings. A recent poll showed that his unfavorable ratings had increased to 50 percent by the of March from 34 percent in January.

So calling a ceasefire on negative advertising against Santorum, at least for the time being, could help repair some of that.

Recent polls have shown the former Massachusetts governor surging in the run up to Pennsylvania's April 24 primary, with Romney either behind the former U.S. senator and native son by single digits, a much smaller gap than a few weeks ago, or even slightly ahead.

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