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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.

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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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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.


In Alaska: Nome Still Waits For Fuel, Big Shovels Headed To Cordova

Jan 12, 2012
Originally published on January 16, 2012 8:55 am

It's hard to fathom from afar just how rough the weather has been in parts of Alaska for the past month or so. It's winter, sure. But things have been particularly brutal. And there seems to be no end in sight.

Here's some of the latest news about how thing are going:

-- That Russian tanker carrying 1.3 million gallons of fuel for the 3,500 residents of Nome on the western side of the state is still about 90 miles from the city. The going is very slow as a Coast Guard icebreaker tries to clear a path. Tuesday, they advanced about nine miles — but then drifted back about three.

The Anchorage Daily News reports today that the effort is being aided by a "camera-equipped drone [that] looks like a smoke detector with wings and legs." It's flying out of Nome to beam back pictures of the ice as authorities try to plot the best possible route to get the tanker as close as possible. The images should also help once it comes time to lay out the mile-long hose the ship can use for offloading.

-- In the town of Cordova, to the east, folks are still digging out from the snow that keeps falling (they've had an estimated 15 feet so far this winter, not the 18 feet that some authorities were citing earlier this week, but that's not much comfort). The strain of shoveling off roofs has lead to some sore backs, and a plan to bring in some pretty heavy duty shovels.

"We have the National Guard right now using the standard shovel, and they're getting pretty trashed everyday — not the shovels but the Guardsmen themselves," city spokesman Tim Joyce tells the Daily News.

So, the city is buying 72 of the Garant company's 26-inch wide Yukon Ergo "Poly Sleight" shovels, at about $50 each. They're on the way, Garant product manager Genevieve Gagne tells the Daily News.

You can get a sense of how hard the Guard personnel are working in this video from the Department of Defense.

-- Meanwhile, the city of Valdez has also been snowed under. But Tony Gorman reports for our Newscast desk that officials there say they won't declare an emergency, as was done in Cordova. "Valdez prides itself on being the snow capital of the world. And for us to declare a snow emergency would frankly be humiliating," says John Hozey, the city manager.

Correction at 8:55 a.m. ET, Jan. 16: We mistakenly referred to Tony Gorman as "Tom" Gorman in our original post.

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