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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When It Comes To Delegates, Santorum May Have A Math Problem

Apr 6, 2012

In presidential nominating contests, the delegate count really matters — right up until the moment where it doesn't.

Unfortunately for Rick Santorum, that moment seems ever more imminent in this spring's Republican presidential race.

Mitt Romney's overwhelming wins this week in three states (including Wisconsin, where Santorum not too long ago had been leading in the polls) seem to have reconfirmed the sense that he has cleared all the major hurdles, and the rest is mere formality.

So while it is technically true that Romney has not yet reached the halfway mark to the 1,144 delegates he needs to clinch the nomination, the math underlying the remaining contests sets up a glide path for him and a stone wall for Santorum.

Consider: Santorum would need 76 percent of the remaining available delegates to get to 1,144. Romney only needs 49 percent — which, by the way, is a lower target than the 52 percent that his three opponents combined would need to block him from reaching that mark.

Santorum's campaign Thursday released a memo to counter the developing consensus that the race is over.

It argues that he will receive a significant percentage of the 79 delegates Romney won in Florida and Arizona, which broke Republican National Committee rules by holding winner-take-all contests too early.

It claims Texas' delegate rules will be switched from proportional to winner-take-all, thereby giving Santorum the chance to pick up 155 delegates on Romney in a single day.

Both those scenarios, however, require the help of RNC officials. The first would need a successful challenge at the summer convention. The second would require an RNC waiver to let Texas change its rules months after the deadline.

With Santorum holding fewer than half of the delegates Romney has, why would RNC officials and members do this?

Through much of last year, Romney worked hard to sell the notion that he was the inevitable GOP nominee. Now, with potential stumbling blocks in Michigan, Ohio, Illinois and Wisconsin behind him, it's a notion that no longer seems like it needs much selling.

S.V. Dáte is the NPR Washington Desk's congressional editor.

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