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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Three Key Moments As Trayvon Martin's Story Went Viral

Mar 29, 2012
Originally published on March 29, 2012 2:10 pm

What moved Trayvon Martin's Feb. 26 death from a local story to a national tale that has sparked a discussion about racial profiling and race relations?

Social media played a critical role. And there were key moments along the way.

First. NBC News today reports on Kevin Cunningham of Washington, D.C., who it says started the online petition at Change.org demanding that authorities arrest George Zimmerman. He's the 28-year-old Sanford, Fla., neighborhood watch volunteer who killed 17-year-old Martin in what Zimmerman says was a case of self defense — but Martin's families and supporters feel was racial profiling. Martin was black.

Cunningham, who is white, had read about Martin's death on a listserv for "Men of Howard." That's "an informal, secretive fraternity that he joined while attending the historically black Howard University as a law student," NBC says. On March 8, NBC says, Cunningham went to Change.org to create the online appeal.

Second. After a few days, the petition had 10,000 "signatures." It was then, Cunningham told NBC, that Change.org asked if it could be transferred to the control of Martin's parents. Cunningham said yes.

The parents' emotional appeal seemed to supercharge the petition effort. "On February 26, our son Trayvon Martin was shot and killed as he walked to a family member's home from a convenience store where he had just bought some candy," it begins. "He was only 17 years-old."

"Brianna Bayo-Cotter, Change.org's communication's director, says this is their largest online petition drive ever," Time's NewsFeed blog reports.

As of this afternoon, there are about 2.2 million digital signatures.

Third. Meanwhile, "a host of celebrities from hip hop icon and entrepreneur Russell Simmons to new age leader Deepak Chopra to director Spike Lee" started posting messages on Twitter, Facebook and other sites about the case, as ABC News recounts. And much as with the recent viral spread of the "Kony 2012" campaign about an African warlord, those messages resonated. (Related note: Lee retweeted what he thought was Zimmerman's address. He was wrong and is now apologizing to the elderly couple who live at the address he posted, who received threats and hate mail. They might have cause to sue him.)

Overall, as NewsFeed says, "social-media watchers call the viral growth regarding Trayvon Martin the 'perfect storm.' With a frustrated population that perceives an injustice and an easy platform for expression, it has all the elements needed for a widespread outcome."

Other factors obviously played roles. Parents, especially those with African-American sons, identified with the loss suffered by Martin's mother and father. The release of 911 tapes from Zimmerman's calls to police gave the news media dramatic audio that could be played over and over again. Cable news networks saw a story of high interest to viewers that they could devote lots of time to. "The hoodie" is an image that can be easily short-handed.

But is looks as if social media once again spread the word in a way that wasn't available just a few years ago. And they are now helping to keep the story on Americans' minds.

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