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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.


John Edwards Has Life-Threatening Condition, Doctor Says

Jan 13, 2012

A cardiologist says former Democratic presidential candidate and senator John Edwards has a life-threatening condition that will require surgery next month, a judge in Greensboro, N.C., announced today.

According to The Associated Press, the judge says she has two letters from the doctor about Edwards' condition. They were revealed, the wire service adds, "during a hearing Friday to consider whether the ex-North Carolina senator would go on trial later this month for alleged campaign finance violations." Edwards' attorneys sought a delay in the proceedings, and the judge postponed the trial to March 26.

Edwards, the 2004 Democratic vice presidential nominee, is accused of using 2008 presidential campaign funds in a bid to cover up his affair with a woman — an affair that was happening as his wife, Elizabeth, was battling cancer that would take her life in December 2010.

He, 58, has said he did not break the law. "There's no question that I have done wrong," Edwards said the day he was indicted, and that he will regret what he did — the affair — "for the rest of my life. ... But I did not break the law and I never thought I was breaking the law."

Update at 3 p.m. ET. More On Edwards' Condition:

"Judge Catherine Eagles did not disclose the medical condition afflicting Edwards," The News & Observer of Raleigh reports. But, it adds that:

"The judge said the doctors wrote that the condition was treatable and the former U.S. presidential candidate had a good chance of success if the course of treatment were followed. 'The letters from Mr. Edwards' physicians are pretty clear this is a serious condition,' Eagles said."

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