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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.


Hotter Hot Days, And More Of Them, 'Virtually Certain'

Nov 18, 2011

"It is virtually certain that on a global scale hot days [will] become even hotter and occur more often" in coming decades, according to a report released today from a group of more than 100 scientists convened by the United Nations.

One of the group's co-chairs, Qin Dahe of China, says in a statement released with the report that "there is high confidence that both maximum and minimum daily temperatures have increased on a global scale due to the increase of greenhouse gases." And the report says "it is likely that anthropogenic influences [human activity that adds to greenhouse gases] have led to warming of extreme daily minimum and maximum temperatures on the global scale."

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, as The Guardian says, also warns that "heavier rainfall, fiercer storms and intensifying droughts are likely to strike the world in the coming decades."

NPR's Richard Harris, reporting for our Newscast desk, notes that the report "says what we've been hearing for many years now — the planet is heating up and as a result there will be more record-breaking heat spells ... [and] more extreme rainfall events."

Richard is scheduled to have more on the report later today on All Things Considered. Click here to find an NPR station that broadcasts or streams the show.

Chris Field, one of the scientists on the panel, says in a statement released with the report that the experts "hope this report can be a scientificfoundation for sound decisions on infrastructure, urban development, public health, and insurance,as well as for planning—from community organizations to international disaster risk management."

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