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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.


Funeral Today For Virginia Tech Officer; Shooter's Family Offers Condolences

Dec 12, 2011

Family, friends, students, faculty members and government officials will gather today at 2 p.m. ET in Virginia Tech's Cassell Coliseum to remember campus police officer Deriek Crouse.

The 39-year-old father of five was killed Thursday in what authorities believe was an attack by a lone gunman who later took his own life. The shooting prompted a lock-down that lasted several hours on a campus where the horrible memory of what happened on April 16, 2007 — when a student shot and killed 32 people before committing suicide — remains vivid.

The school plans to webcast today's service.

Meanwhile, we're learning more about the young man police have identified as the gunman. And, the family of 22-year-old Ross Truett Ashley has sent a short statement to The Associated Press, saying they "would like to offer their condolences to the family of Officer Crouse. Officer Crouse and his family are in their prayers."

Ashley was a part-time student at Radford University, about 15 miles from Virginia Tech. According to The Roanoke Times, "Radford University senior Matt Dailey said he considered Ashley his best friend. ... Dailey described Ashley as withdrawn and noted he 'was definitely off in some ways,' but not necessarily more than other people."

Dailey also told the newspaper that he and Ashley had gone two or three times to the same shooting range near Blacksburg, Va., where the student who committed the 2007 massacre had once practiced.

"He didn't keep [the gun] locked away, but all summer I don't think he had any bullets for the gun," Dailey told the Times. "He didn't buy bullets that often because bullets are expensive."

Roanoke's WDBJ-TV reports that a "student who lived next door to Ashley, Thomas Walsh, says he was a quiet guy. 'Its kind of weird to think about because he always kept to himself and seemed like a really nice guy. I guess you never know,' said Walsh."

The Associated Press writes that "the man authorities say killed a Virginia Tech police officer before committing suicide had broken up with his girlfriend over the summer and vaguely mentioned some family issues, but he was loyal and never hinted at plans for violence, friends and former classmates said Saturday."

But for some still unknown reason, he stole a car at gunpoint on Wednesday and then apparently killed Crouse on Thursday.

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