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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 arbitration at 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 Tuesday on how he would go about reforming 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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The season for blueberries used to be short. You'd find fresh berries in the store just during a couple of months in the middle of summer.

Now, though, it's always blueberry season somewhere. Blueberry production is booming. The berries are grown in Florida, North Carolina, New Jersey, Michigan and the Pacific Northwest — not to mention the southern hemisphere.

But in any one location, the season is still short. And this means that workers follow the blueberry harvest, never staying in one place for long.


2011 Election Results: Mixed Messages

Nov 9, 2011

As news outlets try to decipher what Tuesday's election results tell us about what voters are thinking, they're reaching various conclusions.

-- "Warning Sign" For Obama? The Washington Post, focusing on one key state, says "legislative elections in Virginia appeared likely to add more evidence — as if national Democrats needed it — that the terrain of the political map will be significantly more rugged for President Obama next year." With one Virginia Senate race still too close to call, Democrats were on the brink of losing control of that chamber.

-- "Pause In Conservative Trend? Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Times casts a wider net and decides that because "Ohio voters overturned a controversial law that would have weakened public employee unions and Mississippians rejected an antiabortion 'personhood' initiative," the results suggest "at least a pause in the strong conservative Republican trend that swept Democrats from office in 2010."

And Politico reaches a similar conclusion, writing that Democrats did well because they "claimed victories in a number of races Tuesday, including in Kentucky, Ohio and Mississippi, where voters sided with their candidates or ballot initiatives backed by the party."

-- Continued Conservative Backlash On Health Care: Still, as the Plain Dealer reports, the "conservative base" in Ohio turned out in force to support a ballot issue that would "bar any legislation requiring Ohioans to buy health insurance" — a direct shot at the federal health care overhaul.

-- Rejection Of Conservative Stand On Immigration? In Arizona, though, state Senate President Russell Pearce "was on the verge of losing his Senate seat in Tuesday's unprecedented recall election," the Arizona Republic reports. And he has been, as the newspaper says, "one of the most influential state politicians in the nation and a powerful voice on illegal immigration" as the main force behind the state's controversial Senate Bill 1070 immigration legislation.

On Morning Edition, NPR's Julie Rovner reported about the vote in Mississippi on "personhood." As she said, "voters in Colorado had twice rejected similar amendments to declare that life begins legally at fertilization ... but Mississippi, with its far more conservative bent, was considered much friendlier territory." She adds that "supporters ... aren't giving up. Efforts are already underway to get similar constitutional amendments on the ballot in another half dozen states next year and to pass personhood legislation in at least two more."

There's more about the Mississippi vote at It's All Politics.

Also on Morning Edition, Bill Cohen of Ohio Public Radio reported from Columbus that "unions and their allies are basking in their big win" on the public employee unions issue. And at It's All Politics, Elise Hu writes that the the unions' victory could be "a momentum shift in their direction."

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