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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.

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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.

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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.

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How Networks Are Filling Airtime Without The NBA

Nov 19, 2011
Originally published on November 19, 2011 4:37 pm



With the current NBA lockout, TV networks like ESPN and TNT have had to figure out how to fill the holes left by cancelled games.

And they may lose advertising revenue, as NPR's Elizabeth Blair reports.

ELIZABETH BLAIR, BYLINE: ESPN was ready. They say they put a contingency plan in place over a year ago.


UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: But Texas A&M has so many points is their ability to run the football.

BLAIR: College football and basketball, that's pretty much what you'll see instead, and sometimes ESPN is just making Sport Center longer.


UNIDENTIFIED MAN #2: More top 10, the greatest moments of coach K's record career.

BLAIR: Over at TNT, they're just sticking to their regular schedule.


UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #1: (as character) You really think that I was about to just roll over and...

BLAIR: That means on Thursday nights it'll be "CSI New York" over and over again.



UNIDENTIFIED MAN #3: (as character) Welcome to the end of the world as we know it.

BLAIR: For that murdered girl maybe, but for TNT it is not the end of the world. Yes, they may have lost some advertising revenue, but they also saved some money. That's what John Martin, the CFO of parent company Time-Warner, told investors in a conference call on November 2nd.

JOHN MARTIN: Now, for planning purposes we're assuming here that there will be no NBA games in the fourth quarter.

BLAIR: Did you hear that? They weren't even planning on having any games. And he said lost ad revenue would be offset by the money they save not having to pay the NBA for broadcast rights.

MARTIN: So the impact to adjusted operating income from the lost games in the fourth quarter should be relatively immaterial.

BLAIR: Relatively immaterial - for now, because early in the NBA season not as many people are watching; the real money kicks in later.

Dan Hirschhorn, who writes for Advertising Age, says more than half of ad dollars are actually spent in the playoffs.

DAN HIRSCHHORN: And more than two-thirds or so are spent after the All-Star break in February.

BLAIR: So, Hirschhorn says the TV networks could lose heavily if the whole NBA season is cancelled. Plus, there are other networks like Comedy Central and Spike TV that cater to a young male audience. Hirschhorn says a network like TNT needs to watch out for poachers.

HIRSCHHORN: Networks who deliver a similar young male demographic are starting to go to these advertisers and say, listen, there's not going to be a season - advertise with us instead. We can deliver for you better.

BLAIR: In other words, keep your eye on the ball.

Elizabeth Blair, NPR News.

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