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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 the Permanent Court of Arbitration in 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.


Four Headlines From Thursday's GOP Debate

Jan 20, 2012

While others analyze what Thursday's GOP presidential debate does or doesn't tell us about what may or may not happen Saturday when South Carolina Republicans hold their primary, here's the top news from that four-man clash in Charleston:

-- Gingrich Slams Media, Calls Ex-Wife's Allegation False: Almost lost in the attention paid to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's intense denunciation of the news media and CNN's John King for reporting and asking about his ex-wife Marianne's claim that he asked her for an "open marriage," is the fact that Gingrich said "the story is false."

-- Romney Still Says 'Maybe' About Releasing His Tax Returns: Though he's been dogged by questions about how he made his millions, how much he pays in taxes and whether he'll release his income tax returns anytime soon, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney allowed the controversy to continue.

He "dodged a question in Thursday night's debate on whether he'd follow his father's example and release 12 years' worth of tax returns," The Hill writes. " 'Maybe,' he said, then laughed awkwardly. Some in the crowd booed and heckled him. Romney then hedged. 'I'll release them. Multiple years, I don't know how many years,' he said. 'I'm not going to apologize for being successful.' "

-- Santorum 'Takes An Ax' To Gingrich: Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum "perhaps recognizing a make-or-break moment in the South Carolina Republican primary, set about chopping down each of his opponents issue-by-issue in Thursday's debate," The Washington Post's The Fix blog writes. But he "reserved his strongest attacks for Newt Gingrich, an erstwhile ally and political mentor whom Santorum suggested has to account for his second wife's allegations and whom he accused of being 'grandiose.' "

-- "Ron Paul Faded From View": That's one of the takeaways from Politico, which says the Texas congressman "was frantically waving his arms at moderator King when the debate hall crowd reminded him that the congressman had gotten no time to answer a specific question. ... He had no real standout lines, and repeatedly reminded King that he had experience as a doctor that's relevant to discussions about health care and abortion." Note: According to National Review's The Corner blog, Paul's campaign chairman Jesse Benton says he thought his candidate got treated fairly last night.

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