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 Teams That Could Be This Year's George Mason

Mar 19, 2012

There's somebody like him in every workplace.

The know-it-all who just has to show how smart he is about the NCAA men's basketball tournament.

So, if you're like us and don't have a lot of time to pay attention to March Madness, might we suggest a proactive approach now that the field is down to the "Sweet 16?"

Pick one of these teams — North Carolina State, Ohio or Xavier.

Then say to Mr. Hoops Head something like this: "I think this year's George Mason is ... (insert one of those three teams)." And if you need help with the reference to George Mason, it was a No. 11 seed in the 2006 tournament that no one expected to go far. The Patriots made it all the way to the Final Four.

If you pick Ohio (a No. 13 seed) and need a little supporting evidence, perhaps checking out Mike Pesca's story about the team on today's Morning Edition will help. Here are some lines paraphrasing Mike, that you could use:

"Before the Bobcats overcame South Florida to earn a spot in the Sweet 16, the team was best known as being the nation's No. 1 party school. But the players are all business. Facing the North Carolina Tar Heels in the next game will be no party, and the Ohio team is fine with that."

Prefer Xavier (a No. 10 seed)? Maybe you could say the Musketeers have something to prove after losing the Atlantic 10 championship to St. Bonaventure (which, by the way, almost pulled an upset of its own in the first round, but lost to Florida State 66-63).

As for North Carolina State (a No. 11 seed), just say something like "the Wolfpack are hot and know what tough competition is like since they come from the ACC."

Then avoid further discussion by "remembering" a meeting you're supposed to be at.

Meanwhile, as Hoops Head undoubtedly knows and can discuss at length, all four No. 1 seeds from the tournament's regions have advanced.

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