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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.


First 'Penn State Scandal' Civil Suit Filed

Nov 30, 2011

The first civil lawsuit brought by an alleged victim of Jerry Sandusky is from a man who says he was sexually abused as a young boy more than 100 times by the former Penn State assistant football coach.

The now-29-year-old man also "claims that Sandusky threatened to harm him and his family if he told authorities about the assaults," Harrisburg's Patriot-News reports.

Identified only as "John Doe," the man is not one of the eight boys included in the grand jury investigation that resulted in 40 criminal charges against Sandusky. That investigation and Sandusky's arrest started a scandal that has engulfed the university and has cost both legendary head football coach Joe Paterno and college President Graham Spanier their jobs because they allegedly didn't alert authorities about warnings they'd received regarding Sandusky.

The suit, filed in Philadelphia, is against Penn State, Sandusky and The Second Mile — a charity for at-risk children founded by Sandusky. According to a copy of the complaint, which has posted here:

-- "John Doe" met Sandusky in 1992, when the then-boy "participated in programs sponsored by Second Mile."

-- "The sexual abuse occurred on multiple occasions and at multiple locations," including "the football coach's locker room" on campus.

-- "Defendants Penn State and Second Mile, had reason to know, or should have had reason to know, that Defendant Sandusky posed a risk and would harm minors, including Plaintiff."

It does not go into detail about the alleged abuses.

Sandusky has said he is innocent of the criminal charges brought against him and that he is not sexually attracted to young boys.

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