Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit

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.

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit

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.

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit

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.

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit

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.


Cape Race: 'Still A Place For A Lighthouse'

Originally published on December 24, 2011 8:25 am



Off the northeastern tip of North America on Newfoundland lies a stretch of the coast known as the graveyard of the Atlantic. The rocky shoreline has sunk hundreds of ships. Reporter Emma Jacobs traveled to the red and white lighthouse on the tip of Cape Race that still warns ships away from the coast.

EMMA JACOBS, BYLINE: The day I visited in late fall was the kind of day the Cape Race lighthouse was built for. Twenty-foot swells rolled in towards the point through a thick fog.

MICHAEL WARD: As you can see, it's crashing up on the rocks up here. You can see the spray going up in the air, up here on the point.

JACOBS: Michael Ward has been the head lighthouse-keeper for twelve years, since not long after he was crushed in an accident on a fishing trawler. He spent four months in a hospital bed with cracked ribs and a shattered pelvis. Today, he stays in a little white house that sits on fields of rolling brown scrub, kept short by constant wind.

Cape Race lies just south of the easternmost point in North America. Trans-Atlantic voyagers have gotten their bearings from this spit of land since the 15th century.

WARD: It's somewhere in the vicinity of 360 shipwrecks in this area that are known about. And how many, you know, ships disappeared or whatever and it could have been in this area, but there was no proof.

JACOBS: Ward himself helped rescue a couple off a sailboat that had been driven onto the shoals. After racing to direct a nearby fishing boat to the wreck from his radio, he stood on the rocks above, prepared with life vests. The passengers were saved, but the sailboat sank.

WARD: That can only make you imagine like years ago when they had no sets, VHF to call and say I'm in distress in Cape Race. You know what I mean? It's very, very scary.

JACOBS: Icebergs float down each spring from the Arctic - the kind that sunk the Titanic nearly a hundred years ago. By then, Cape Race had added a wireless station, which received the very first distress call from the failing ship.

Dave Myrick was the last of a family line manning the lighthouse since 1872. And he says his uncle Jim was said to be the one who heard the Titanic's calls. Today, Myrick says the transponders and radar and equipment make boating an altogether different thing that what his family remembers. But, on the shore of Cape Race, on the treacherous Newfoundland coast, Michael Ward says there's still a place for the old fashion lighthouse.

WARD: And you can have whatever new technology you like on boats, but it can't replace the eyes and ears.

JACOBS: For NPR News, I'm Emma Jacobs.


UNIDENTIFIED MAN: (Singing) Listen to the story that I'm going to tell. It was on a Sunday night when that ship went out of sight. But they say when the great ship when down.

SIMON: This is NPR News. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.