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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.

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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.


In Frankfurt, Former Trader Prepared For The Wurst

Nov 14, 2011

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned that Europe could be living through its toughest hour since World War II.

Merkel was referring to the debt crisis that has resulted in bailouts for countries, toppled governments and is now threatening the survival of Europe's single currency.

These are nervous times in places like Germany's financial capital, Frankfurt. But for one former trader — who exchanged his computer terminal for pork sausages sizzling on a grill — these are not necessarily the worst of times.

Near the end of 2008, Thomas Brausse was working for the securities firm Instinet in Frankfurt. He had a six-figure salary and supervised a dozen employees as a settlements director.

Brausse recalls that the company held its Christmas party that year on a Friday in early December. There were food, beer, wine and holiday cheer. Bosses had flown in from London.

But the recession had arrived as well. And by the middle of the next week, senior managers had told him to clean out his desk.

"It was a strange situation to me to have a party on Friday evening and next Wednesday you get redundancy packages and envelopes from them," Brausse says.

But getting that pink slip in 2008 gave Brausse a chance to try out an idea that he had percolating in his head for years: trading in his stock-selling permit for a food license.

The 44-year-old says he was daunted by jumping into the fast-food business. He had no experience, and his confidence was shaken after losing his livelihood. But he went ahead and drew up his own sausage business plan.

"And so I decided ... it might be the best time to make a cut," Brausse says. "And I came to the conclusion that 50 percent of my old salary could be a reasonable and reachable amount. And so I said 'Hey, try the new one, why not?' "

A few weeks later, he bought a converted bus on the online auction site eBay, researched the license issues, and began pricing wursts, ketchup, mustard, coffee and more. In March 2009, he opened the Frankfurter Wurschtboerse, or Frankfurt Sausage Exchange.

Brausse now works almost literally in the shadow of his former office building, the Congress Tower — one of Frankfurt's tallest — in a cluster of shiny skyscrapers that make up the financial center of Europe's largest economy.

Brausse is now trading a product with wide appeal: Bankers in pinstriped suits vie for a place in line together with dust-covered laborers and steel workers from a nearby construction site.

"If you've got bad times and you sell cheap, good food, you are one of the preferred places where people are eating," he says.

Brausse has two daughters, 16 and 14, from a marriage that fell apart. He says they were hardly thrilled, at first, with the idea of their finance father becoming a wurstmeister.

"When they realized, 'Oh, Daddy is not any longer a banker, a broker,' I tried to explain that it's not important how much money a human being can earn," Brausse says. "It's more important how that human being is. You have to be happy with what you are doing."

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