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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Thursday Political Grab Bag: Poll Shows Romney Surge In PA

Apr 5, 2012

Mitt Romney has taken the lead in voter support in Pennsylvania, according to a new poll from Public Policy Polling which shows the Republican frontrunner ahead of Rick Santorum, the former U.S. senator from the Keystone State, 42 percent to 37 percent. That lead was just on the 4.9 point margin of error, suggesting a tie. That's bad news for Santorum, however, as he dropped six percentage points while Romney gained 17 percent from a month ago.

Santorum is taking time off from the campaign trail, ostensibly for the Easter holidays. But with the break coming after Santorum's losses of three primaries on Tuesday and his flagging support in polls in Pennsylvania, some observers wonder if the Republican presidential candidate is considering dropping out.

Amid a grassroots campaign of boycotts, Coca Cola and PepsiCo are quitting the American Legislative Exchange Council, an organization with conservative leanings that has promoted pro-business and controversial legislation like Stand-Your-Ground and voter ID laws in statehouses across the nation.

Speculation about a national Republican ticket featuring Romney and Rep. Paul Ryan were fueled by the congressman's apparent easy rapport with Romney during their recent campaigning together ahead of the Wisconsin primary and the extent to which Romney has embraced the House Budget Committee chairman's fiscal plan.

Democratic National Committee chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz rejected charges by Sen. Orrin Hatch, a Utah Republican, that Democrats would use Mormonism as a way of attacking Romney, calling the accusation "nonsense."

The cross currents from consumer anxiety over rising gas prices and pressure from environmental groups are forcing numerous Democrats campaigning for Senate seats to take a definite position on the Keystone XL pipeline, in contrast to President Obama who said he is waiting for federal regulators finish their review before he decides one way or another.

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