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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.


Cyrus Chestnut, Benny Green And More On JazzSet

Dec 8, 2011

We return to Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center for a New Year's Eve set with Cyrus Chestnut and Benny Green on two pianos, joined by Nicholas Payton on trumpet and Jimmy Heath on tenor, with the excellent rhythm section of Dezron Douglas on bass and Willie Jones III on drums.

After the first song, Chestnut and Green pause to talk about one of the losses of 2010, pianist Hank Jones (1918-2010). Chestnut says, smiling, that Jones was "elegant, astute, smooth, and he could cut you down with the smoothest of words," and asks Green, "Is there anything you want to say about Bad Henry?" Green's reply: "Hank Jones keeps us honest forever."

They then jointly unfurl a beautiful musical salute to Dr. Billy Taylor (1921-2010), with Green taking the lead in "I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free."

"Moody's Groove" is NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Heath's elegy for his friend and section mate, James Moody (1925-2010). Cyrus Chestnut sings the lyric, including this bridge:

The style in his art

Makes you smile from the start

Then brightens up your day

When he sings or when he plays

The joyful celebration swings all the way to a New Orleans-inspired "Auld Lang Syne" — thanks to Nicholas Payton, up from the Crescent City — and beyond, to launch a new year with jazz.

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