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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What Santorum's Exit Means For Romney

Apr 10, 2012

That sigh of relief you heard coming from the direction of Boston was Mitt Romney's campaign operation, now that it no longer needs to expend any more resources trying to drive Rick Santorum from the contest for the Republican presidential nomination.

Aside from the money and brainpower that the Romney campaign can now target at President Obama as it rotates fully to general-election-campaign mode, the GOP front-runner has, even more important, finally freed himself from his last significant anyone-but-Romney challenger.

That's crucial because Santorum, who ran as a culture warrior, constantly accused Romney of being a moderate who was only masquerading as a conservative.

That kept the former Massachusetts governor constantly having to assert his conservative bona fides, preventing him from making the traditional presidential candidate's sidestep back toward the ideological center.

Santorum's departure means Romney is finally in a position to draw to his ranks that part of the Republican electorate that until now has preferred his numerous rivals, virtually each of whom has risen to challenge him only to fall, the latest and last being the former senator from Pennsylvania.

In a statement, Romney said:

"Senator Santorum is an able and worthy competitor, and I congratulate him on the campaign he ran. He has proven himself to be an important voice in our party and in the nation. We both recognize that what is most important is putting the failures of the last three years behind us and setting America back on the path to prosperity."

While Romney gave a kindly shout out to Santorum, whom he had been cudgeling in TV ads until just a few days ago, the former senator didn't return the favor. It was widely noted that he didn't mention Romney once in his farewell speech. Still, he did say he would work to defeat Obama, which leads one to believe he means to help his party's eventual nominee.

But whether or not that omission was a sign of tension between the camps, it probably won't matter much to rank-and-file Republicans.

Ed Goeas, president and CEO of the Tarrance Group, a Republican polling and political strategy organization, said in an interview that the resistance to Romney from many of those who until now supported Santorum was actually less than it appeared.

GOEAS: "Something that I always found interesting, as I looked at the data, was that two-thirds of the voters who were voting for Santorum, on the second choice were voting for Romney. And about two-thirds who were voting for Romney were voting for Santorum.

"So this was never, quite frankly, 'I like my guy, I hate your guy.' This was more 'Here's my preference this week at this time.' And I think you will see an overwhelming number of those voters coalescing behind Romney.

"And the numbers I always looked at in terms of Romney, we saw it was hovering in the high 50s, 'Who do you think is most electable' or 'Who do you think will be the nominee?' It raised about a month ago to the low 70s. Which proves to me this was not an animosity-driven choice but here's my guy but if he's not in it I'm comfortable with this guy.

"So it does give Romney a real opportunity to build on that large number of people that were saying they thought that he would be the most electable and that he would be the nominee."

Of course, not everyone saw it this way. Newt Gingrich tweeted:

It is now a 2 person race. Donate now at http://newt.org/donate for the last conservative standing.

The former speaker is right that it's a two-person race. But, as one of my colleagues noted, they would be Romney and Obama.

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