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's Wins In Obama's 2008 Counties Doesn't Necessarily Mean Much

Mar 15, 2012
Originally published on March 15, 2012 6:20 pm

What does it mean that in 2012 Mitt Romney has, during the Republican presidential primaries, done well in some of the same Ohio and Michigan urban-suburban counties that President Obama won in 2008 — a pattern likely to be repeated in some upcoming primaries?

Some observers think it could be significant, that it might mean Romney would contest Obama more competitively in such places should the former Massachusetts governor become the GOP nominee.

But it's risky to read too much into the fact that the 2012 map of Romney's areas of strength in some states resembles Obama's 2008 map.

Paul Beck, a professor of political science at Ohio State University, said in an interview:

"These are counties that have Democratic majorities but they're also large counties with a lot of Republicans who tend to be upscale and better educated. That's the natural Romney constituency all over the country.

"I wouldn't make too much of it. These are different voters. It's not like Romney is going to be able to pull away from Obama all these voters in these counties in the fall."

Beck said political scientists would explain what's happening as a "compositional effect," that is, all those upscale Republicans and GOP-leaning independents in the metro areas of Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati are giving Romney electoral lift in roughly the same areas where Obama derived his 2008 support.

Misreading the compositional effects of political contests can lead to embarrassing conclusions, Beck says.

Like the classic case from decades ago in which a scholar concluded that Southern blacks were voting for segregationist candidates because such candidates kept being elected from districts with large black populations, Beck says: The problem with the conclusion was that blacks in those Southern counties at the time were denied the vote. So it was the whites in those districts who were doing the electing.

What to watch for with these urban-suburban counties come Election Day, Beck says, is turnout of Republican voters in these areas. If they turn out in large numbers, then they can offset Obama's vote in these areas that should be his stronghold and make the race more interesting, Beck says.

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