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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.


Homeless Teen Who's Up For Science Prize To Be At State Of The Union

Jan 18, 2012
Originally published on January 18, 2012 11:39 am

The good news story of Samantha Garvey, a New York high school student who has been living with her family in a homeless shelter and recently found out she's a semifinalist in the prestigious Intel Science Talent Search competition, keeps getting better.

First, Samantha's story inspired donations and a successful search to find her family a rent-subsidized home in Brentwood, on Long Island. They'll move in later this month. Samantha is a senior at Brentwood High School and the family fell on hard times when her mother (a nurse's assistant) couldn't work for eight months because of injuries she received in accident. Samantha's dad, a cab driver, couldn't keep up with the bills and they were evicted from their home on New Year's Eve.

And now there's word from Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) that he has invited Samantha to be his guest at next Tuesday's State of the Union Address by President Obama at the Capitol. "Looking forward to having one of Long Island's best and brightest join me," he said Tuesday on his Facebook page.

According to Newsday, "Leo Garvey, Samantha's father, said Monday his daughter was thrilled about the invitation. ... 'She can't wait,' Leo Garvey said. 'She deserves it. She needs to meet people like that.' "

According to The Associated Press:

"Garvey is one of 300 teenagers nationwide named [last week] as semifinalists in the prestigious Intel science competition; finalists will be announced at the end of January. She spent more than two years researching the effects of the Asian short crab on the mussel population in a salt marsh on Long Island, east of New York City."

Newsday put togther a video report about Samantha. She's 17 and has applied to Yale and Brown universities.

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