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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 Tuesday on how he would go about reforming 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.


Egypt's Historic Day Begins Peacefully, Turnout High For Elections

Nov 28, 2011
Originally published on November 28, 2011 3:06 pm

Voting has begun in Egypt, where the nation's first parliamentary elections are being held since the toppling of President Hosni Mubarak's regime nine months ago.

So far, according to reports from NPR, The Associated Press and other news outlets, turnout is high and things are going well — a relief after last week's protests in major cities and the violent response to them from authorities.

From Alexandria, NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson reported during Morning Edition that "for the past several days it's been very quiet with everybody focused on the election," and today, police officers have been "very, very pleasant and polite and answering voters' questions" — a civil type of exchange with civilians that's "something I have never seen here before."

Also on Morning Edition, NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro reported from a crowded polling place in Cairo that "it's calm here and fears of violence have not kept people away."

Al-Jazeera says there have been some "logistical problems" today. In some places, "polling stations had not opened more than an hour after the time scheduled, as ballot papers and the ink used to mark voters' fingers had not arrived. ... Additionally, a ban on campaigning at polling stations has been broken, with members of parties handing out pamphlets and banners."

But, the AP adds, "the vote promises to be the fairest and cleanest election in Egypt in living memory. The Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt's largest and best organized group, along with its Islamist allies are expected to do well in the vote."

Voting continues tomorrow. Results won't be known for months because the parliamentary elections are being held in stages around the country. According to the BBC:

"The voting begins an election timetable which lasts until March 2012. The first stage, running until January, covers elections to the 508-member People's Assembly. About 50 million people are eligible to vote out of a population in excess of 85 million — with candidates from 50 registered political parties."

We'll keep an eye on the news from Egypt and pass along highlights as the day continues.

Update at 3 p.m. ET. Still Going Well:

According to Reuters, "the U.S. State Department said on Monday early reports were 'quite positive' on the Egyptian elections. State Department spokesman Mark Toner said there were no reports of violence or irregularities, and turnout was high."

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