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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.


LIVE: Jewel (A Bear) May Soon Give Birth; A Webcam Lets Us Watch

Jan 18, 2012
Originally published on January 18, 2012 9:04 am

As we learned last year with our posts about the Decorah "eagle cam," there's a lot of interest in watching animals in the wild. Especially when there are babies involved.

So here's some important information for nature lovers:

Jewel, a black bear in Ely, Minn., seems likely to give birth any time now and there's a webcam in her den — which means we all can keep an eye on how things are going. At this moment, about 400 people are watching and some are chatting online as they do. There have been nearly 54,000 "views" of the webcam. Jewel is mostly snuffling and snoring. Occasionally, she gets up to adjust herself and then lays back down.

As Minneapolis' Star Tribune has explained:

"Two years ago, more than 25,000 people watched the North American Bear Center's webcam as black bear Lily gave birth — becoming a worldwide Internet sensation. She gave birth again last year. But now, it's her sister's turn in the spotlight."

There's much more about Jewel at the website of the Wildlife Research Institute in Ely.

As for the eagles in Decorah, Iowa, the webcam is still "on" at their nest and it's hoped mom and dad will soon be watching over some eggs. Last year, three eaglets hatched. The Raptor Resource Project reported earlier this month that the one eaglet it can track:

"Has taken an amazing journey so far since leaving her natal nest on August 14th, [she has] flown up North through Minnesota, flown back South through Wisconsin, and since December 29th, she has surprised us all and has been back to within a fairly close mile radius of her natal nest in Decorah for several days."

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