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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.


Criminal Charges For English Soccer Star John Terry Over Alleged Racial Abuse

Dec 21, 2011
Originally published on December 21, 2011 11:22 am

One of England's biggest soccer stars is going to face criminal charges for allegedly aiming a racial slur at an opponent.

The Crown Prosecution Service announced today that John Terry, who plays for Chelsea in the English Premier League and is captain of England's national team, is being accused of using "threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour, or disorderly behaviour within the hearing or sight of a person likely to be caused harassment, alarm or distress which was racially aggravated" during a Premier League match on Oct. 23 against the Queens Park Rangers club.

The alleged slur, which Terry denies making, was supposedly directed toward Anton Ferdinand, who is black.

According to the BBC, the charge against Terry carries a maximum penalty of a fine totaling about $4,000.

This is the second action taken this week against an international soccer star accused of racially abusing an opponent. Luis Suarez from Uruguay, who plays for Liverpool in the English Premier League, faces an eight-game ban and a nearly $63,000 fine from England's Football Association for things he allegedly said to Manchester United opponent Patrice Evra during a match on Oct. 15. The Liverpool club has accused the Football Association of judging Suarez before hearing any evidence.

According to The Guardian, Suarez has only admitted to calling Evra "a negro."

The Football Association has not weighed in on the alleged incident involving Terry, though it is making "enquiries into this matter." It did fine the Chelsea team about $31,000 for another incident during that match when some of the club's players surrounded a "match official" to complain about one player's dismissal.

For those who don't follow the English Premier League, imagine if a star quarterback in the NFL was facing criminal charges for supposedly having hurled a racial slur at an opponent during a game.

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