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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.


Christian McBride And Inside Straight On JazzSet

May 27, 2010

Rhonda Hamilton, guest-hosting for Dee Dee Bridgewater, is onstage at the 30th annual Detroit International Jazz Festival. She introduces Christian McBride as "the premier bass player of his generation." All in the huge Motor City crowd cheer for that.

Born in Philadelphia on May 31, 1972, McBride showed up in New York in the late 1980s, full of youth and charisma and ready to play. His first big-time employer was Freddie Hubbard. A 1993 JazzSet from the Boston Globe Jazz Fest featured McBride in "Three Musicians" with peers Joshua Redman and Geoff Keezer; later, a drum teacher at Manhattan School of Music used that set in class to illustrate how a drummer-less band can play with a whole lot of rhythm.

Besides great tone and time, and people skills to match his musical ones, McBride knows a wealth of jazz, soul and R&B recordings note for note. Party with him to a soundtrack from his iPod, and you'll see him perform those solos with the original moves. McBride is an authority on James Brown, too.

In 2010, McBride works regularly — constantly — with Chick Corea and Pat Metheny. His own big band is up and running. He is Artistic Director of Jazz Aspen Snowmass Academy in the summer, and co-directs the Jazz Museum in Harlem year-round. He interviews musicians on his show, The Lowdown: Conversations With Christian, on Sirius/XM Radio. He blogs, loves sports with a passion and — coming after John Clayton in 2008 — McBride is the second consecutive bass-playing artist in residence at the Detroit Jazz Festival.

With a big smile, McBride calls out from the stage, "Now, what other festival on this planet would have two bass players back to back as artists in residence? Can you get better than that?"

"Rainbow Wheel" is dedicated to Mac users. "Theme for Kareem" is Hubbard's tune from the 1978 album Super-Blue. "Stick and Move" is for boxing fans and features Steve Wilson on alto vs. Warren Wolf on vibes. You know Wilson from many JazzSet shows, while Wolf, from Baltimore, is an exciting newcomer.

Rhonda Hamilton hosts Sing the Truth! from the 2011 Detroit Jazz Festival at 12:30 Eastern Time on Toast of the Nation, New Year's Eve from NPR Music.


Recording by Timothy Powell of Metro Mobile; Surround Sound remix by Duke Markos. Thanks to Terri Pontremoli, executive and artistic director of the Detroit Jazz Festival every Labor Day weekend in the Motor City.

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