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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.


'Family Circus' Cartoonist Bil Keane Has Died, He Was 89

Nov 9, 2011
Originally published on November 9, 2011 4:04 pm

Bil Keane, whose "Family Circus" comics have been appearing in newspapers since 1960, died Tuesday in Arizona at the age of 89.

His son Jeff, who has been drawing the comic in recent years, told Huff Post Media that Keane suffered congestive heart failure. All five of the cartoonist's children, his nine grandchildren and a great-granddaughter were able to see him within the last week, Jeff Keane added.

This blogger will certainly date himself by saying he's a couple years older than "Family Circus" and can't recall many days that didn't start with a glance at the often sappy but kind of reassuring comic.

Keane once told the AP that consistency and simplicity were the keys to his creation's longevity. "It's reassuring, I think, to the American public to see the same family," he told the wire service in 1995.

The comic appears in about 1,500 newspapers. It features a family with four little kids — Billy, Jeffy, Dolly, P.J. — their parents, their pets (dogs Barfy and Sam and the cat, Kittycat). It is, as the AP says, a family much like Keane's.

"I never thought about a philosophy for the strip; it developed gradually," Keane told the East Valley Tribune in 1998, according to the AP. "I was portraying the family through my eyes. Everything that's happened in the strip has happened to me."

Keane's wife Thelma died in 2008.

At the website of the National Cartoonists Society, President Tom Richmond (a caricaturist and regular contributor to MAD magazine) writes about Keane's longstanding role as emcee of the organization's annual awards event. When Richmond attended for the first time, he wondered if the man behind "a very sweet and gentle strip" would be the right person to act as host.

He quickly found out, Richmond writes, that Keane "was one of the funniest guys I'd ever met.. ... To say Bil Keane was only quick-witted is like saying Olympic superstar Usian Bolt is just 'sort-of fast.' "

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