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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In Winner-Take-All Wisconsin, Looming GOP Primary Is Just A Sideshow

Mar 21, 2012

Mary Beth Kopidlansky of Waukesha says she knows who she'll vote for in Wisconsin's upcoming GOP presidential primary (Mitt Romney), but that's not really what she's interested in talking about.

For Kopidlansky, and most potential voters in this most Republican of Wisconsin counties, the contest that is consuming them and the rest of the state is not the state's April 3 presidential primary when 42 potentially crucial delegates will be awarded.

The real race here is scheduled for June 5, when Democrats will attempt to wrest the governorship from first-term GOP Gov. Scott Walker in a recall election sparked by anti-union legislation he championed last year.

"Walker has totally polarized the state," said Kopidlansky, 62, a conservative-leaning independent, after wrapping up lunch Tuesday in downtown Waukesha's Taylor's People's Park restaurant.

"It's now all black and white," she says.

The deep passion generated by the recall and the tepid enthusiasm here for the GOP slate of presidential candidates has conspired to make the presidential contest almost an afterthought, even though the winner-take-all prize could prove crucial in Romney's push to extinguish opponent Rick Santorum's campaign.

Jeni Badertscher, 54, offered a process-of-elimination response that proved typical of those served up by Waukesha Republicans when asked whom they planned to vote for in the presidential primary.

"I haven't yet decided, actually," Badertscher said, pausing.

"But not Gingrich, he turns me off, so overbearing," she said.

"Probably Romney," she said. "Or maybe Santorum."

Wrapping it up: "Bottom line, it's who's going to do the best job and get Obama out."

Gingrich doesn't plan to make a play for Badertscher's vote; neither he nor Ron Paul has any organization in the state, GOP officials say. Santorum, who after his post-Illinois drubbing, is focusing on Louisiana's March 24 primary and his home state of Pennsylvania a month later, also has next-to-nothing in the way of organization but will appear Saturday at an Americans for Prosperity Forum in Milwaukee.

His campaign has also reached out to the Wisconsin Faith and Freedom Coalition about its March 30 event that is scheduled to feature former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and national Faith and Freedom Coalition founder Ralph Reed.

Romney, who has the money and the organization, is expected to open an office in Waukesha County soon. He is seen by most as the odds-on favorite to win in the white-collar, educated county crucial to any statewide GOP victory.

Santorum's social conservatism and his restrictive views on contraception and reproductive rights are less appealing to most Waukesha County Republicans, including Dave Bauer, 71.

"I don't know how any woman could vote for him," said Bauer, who favors Gingrich in the race.

Indeed, in the next-door state of Illinois on Tuesday, women favored Romney over Santorum, 46 to 37 percent, according to CNN's exit polls. (Romney also won among men, 48 to 33 percent.)

At Waukesha County Republican headquarters, where volunteers work to keep Walker in office, executive director Cathy Waller acknowledged that the focus on women's health and reproductive issues has not been helpful to the party, and doesn't reflect local concerns.

"Women here are just not talking about that," Waller said. "Our priority is jobs, and we need to get back on track."

Because as Republicans here know, President Obama's massive re-election effort has already come to downtown Waukesha, with an Organizing for America office just a block or two away from the Wisconsin Democrats' "Recall Walker" office.

The OFA office has four paid staffers, a slew of volunteers, and a message that will no doubt feature a certain Republican governor who has become a potent symbol for both parties, and well beyond the confines of the Badger State.

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