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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.


Even Before N.H. Primary, Romney Seems To Be Looking Ahead To General Election

Jan 9, 2012
Originally published on January 9, 2012 1:03 pm

On Tuesday night, New Hampshire voters could catapult Mitt Romney securely onto the path of the Republican nomination, or they could undercut the air of inevitability surrounding his campaign.

The former Massachusetts governor is clearly expecting the catapult. One indication? On Monday morning, the candidate changed his rhetoric to reposition himself even more squarely as a general election candidate.

Romney started his day with a group of business leaders in Nashua, where he talked about the value of regulation and said: "Our very poor always need to have a safety net. Occasionally there are holes that need to be repaired, and I'll fix those."

Those are themes Romney did not address when he campaigned last week in Iowa and South Carolina.

In his final full day of campaigning in New Hampshire before it holds the nation's first primary, Romney also highlighted specific new examples of how he made changes to help public schools and homeless shelters as governor of Massachusetts.

And when a woman asked about selling the Republican brand, he described his plan to win over Latino voters.

"Politics is not my career," Romney told the business leaders. "My career was doing what you did, and I was successful at it. I'm now at a point where I can try and make a contribution to the country. I'm going to try and fix America. I'm not trying to fix the Republican Party, I'm trying to fix America."

Romney started to foreshadow this moderate shift over the weekend. At a debate sponsored by NBC, he talked about gay rights: "If people are looking for someone ... who will discriminate against gays, or will in any way try and suggest that people ... that have different sexual orientation don't have full rights in this country, they won't find that from me."

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