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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Santorum Reacts To Romney Romp In Florida By Going After Gingrich

Feb 1, 2012

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum chose to characterize his distant third-place finish in Florida's Republican presidential primary as a victory, of sorts.

"Speaker Gingrich spent 5 or 6 million bucks in the state of Florida and walked away with no delegates," he told NPR after a packed primary night event at his Nevada headquarters in Las Vegas. "I didn't spend a penny."

"We are in a cash-positive position," he said, adding that his campaign on Tuesday raised $200,000 online.

Though planning a Wednesday speech that compares President Obama's health care legislation to that passed in Massachusetts when Florida primary winner Mitt Romney was governor, Santorum continued to bear down on Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker.

"He just simply isn't a conservative," Santorum said, citing as examples Gingrich's support for bank bailouts and cap-and-trade legislation.

Santorum claims that Gingrich squandered his big primary win in South Carolina going into the Florida primary by making himself, and not President Obama, the issue, and revealing himself as an undisciplined campaigner.

"I think you're going to see the race change in the next couple days," he told NPR, as the voting moves to Nevada, Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado.

Though Santorum says he sees a path to the nomination as the Romney alternative, it's not an easy one. He doesn't have the money or organization Romney enjoys, and he has so far largely failed to expand his support beyond Christian conservatives.

And he posts poorly in head-to-head polling matchups with President Obama.

While Santorum vociferously disagrees with the contention that he would not make a strong Republican opponent for Obama, poll averages at RealClearPolitics.com show Obama defeating Santorum by about 10 percentage points in a theoretical general election. (They also show Obama defeating Gingrich by12.4 percentage points, Texas Rep. Ron Paul by 5.4 percentage points, and Romney by 2.3 percentage points.)

There is also a relatively long gap before the next nationally televised GOP presidential debate, Feb. 22 in Arizona. Santorum — like Gingrich — has used strong debate performances to keep his campaign going with very little money.

Nonetheless, Santorum's campaign manager, Mike Biundo, echoed his boss's in-it-for-the-long run mantra.

"This is a long race," Biundo said. "We are not mortgaging everything on one state."

Santorum, who has outlasted four other GOP presidential candidates who have dropped out, is aiming, right now, to outlast Gingrich.

"I'm a patient man," he said. "If you have seven kids, you better be patient."

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