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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 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.


Blizzard Pounds Great Plains, Northeast May See White Christmas

Dec 20, 2011
Originally published on December 20, 2011 7:34 am

Stranded motorists. Closed highways. Packed hotels.

It's winter and the Great Plains has gotten walloped:

"From northern New Mexico and the Texas Panhandle through Oklahoma and northwestern Kansas," The Associated Press writes, "blizzard conditions [on Monday and into today] put state road crews on alert and had motorists taking refuge and early exits off major roads."

Some reports from the stricken states:

-- "Blizzard conditions shut down most towns in Southeastern Colorado," The Pueblo Chieftain reports. Snow was "piling up and 51-mph winds [were] blowing."

-- "The Colorado Department of Transportation says southbound Interstate 25 is closed from Pueblo into New Mexico due to the weather conditions," Denver's KUSA-TV reports.

-- In New Mexico, "major road closures hit Monday evening when authorities shut down Interstate 25 north of Santa Fe all the way to Raton," Albuquerque's KOAT-TV says. "Interstate 40 was also shut down from Moriarty west to the Texas border."

-- In Oklahoma, "the National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for the Panhandle and forecasters said up to 16 inches of precipitation could fall before the storm departs Tuesday," according to The Oklahoman.

-- Also in Oklahoma, "we shut down U.S. 56 westbound out of Boise City due to blizzard conditions and for humanitarian reasons," Oklahoma Highway Patrol dispatcher Pat Barton told The Norman Transcript. " 'They have no hotel rooms or shelter spaces all the way Clayton, (N.M.),' about 45 miles to the southwest, Barton said."

Meanwhile, The Weather Channel also reports that if you're hoping for a white Christmas, "Mother Nature may have a Christmas present for those hungry for snow in parts of the Northeast and Midwest."

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