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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 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.


All Eyes On 'Merkozy' As Leaders Try To Save Euro

Dec 5, 2011

While The New York Times says German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy are working on a deal to save the euro that has "several moving parts," The Financial Times cautions that "officials on both sides have cautioned against expectations of an announcement of a detailed plan by the two."

The FT adds that Merkozy (headline writers' new favorite name for the two leaders) "may be the driving force in the 17-strong currency union, but the two are (more or less) sensitive to concerns among other members that they should not be dictated to by the big powers."

Still, the Times says the deal, "as European and American officials describe it, is being negotiated along four main lines":

-- "New promises of fiscal discipline."

-- A larger bailout fund.

-- More money from the International Monetary Fund "to augment the bailout fund."

-- "Quiet political cover for the European Central Bank to keep buying Italian and Spanish bonds aggressively in the interim."

On the NPR Newscast this morning, Planet Money's Zoe Chace said there's also talk about something akin to "a whole new European Union" with "more centralized control over individual country's budget" in order to prevent the kind of cascading crises that have plagued the union this year.

On Morning Edition, Eleanor Beardsley reported from Paris about how "Merkozy" have been preparing their nations for major changes in the EU.

Merkel and Sarkozy are meeting today in Paris. There's an EU emergency summit in Brussels on Friday.

Update at 1:45 p.m. ET. More Talks, Treaty By March?

The BBC reports that as he and Merkel called for "a new treaty to deal with the eurozone debt crisis," Sarkozy said talks on any such new treaty need to be completed by March.

According to the BBC, the two leaders also said "they wanted treaty changes to be implemented by all 27 EU member states, but if that was not possible, just the 17 states which have adopted the euro."

Bloomberg News says that "Merkel and Sarkozy presented a common platform for a Dec. 8-9 summit of EU leaders in Brussels. Merkel's government won't stand in the way of Bundesbank help to fight the debt crisis by means of loans channeled through the International Monetary Fund, a senior Merkel ally said."

Update at 11:45 a.m. ET. The AP's latest lede:

"The leaders of France and Germany called forcefully Monday for a new European Union treaty that would automatically punish countries that use the euro if they violate existing limits on overspending. Stocks and the euro rose while European government bond yields dropped sharply as investors viewed the proposal for a closer fiscal union among the 17 countries as an important step to save the euro."

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