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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.


Arrests Being Made At Occupy Portland Protest, Scene Is 'Orderly'

Nov 17, 2011
Originally published on November 17, 2011 4:31 pm

The focus is on Manhattan today as protesters mark the two-month anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement, but there are things happening in other U.S. cities as well. We'll add to this post as reports come in.

-- 4:15 p.m.: Our colleague Bill Chappell has used Storify to gather other feeds and reports about what's happening at various protests.

-- 4:00 p.m. ET: According to The Associated Press, "in Albany, N.Y., protesters from Buffalo, Rochester and other encampments were coming in by bus to join a demonstration in a downtown park."

-- 12:30 p.m ET: "More than dozen people" were arrested in Portland, Ore., a short time ago, The Oregonian reports, as Occupy protesters staged a sit-in on the Steel Bridge that crosses the Wilamette River.

Overall, the newspaper says, "the scene is organized and orderly. Those who wanted to be arrested are wearing pink armbands. Monitors trained by the Service Employees International Union are on hand to guide the demonstration onto the pedestrian walkway. Those arrested are being booked on a trio of charges: second-degree disorderly conduct, interfering with a police officer and interfering with vehicular traffic."

-- 12:45 p.m. ET: In Los Angeles, "hundreds of people [have] converged in the financial district of downtown," the Los Angeles Times says. "Shortly after 8:30 a.m., the protest remained peaceful and Los Angeles police said they had not made any arrests. ...The police permit for the protest had expired, and the thousand or so protesters who marched had cleared the street and were standing on the sidewalk and chanting: 'This is what democracy looks like.' "

Around 9:35 a.m. (PT) the Times updated to say that some arrests were being made of protesters in "a smaller group [that had] blocked the street and ignored police orders to disperse."

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