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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.

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Michael Jackson's Doctor Gets 4-Year Sentence

Nov 29, 2011

The doctor found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the 2009 death of pop star Michael Jackson was just sentenced to four years in prison.

In imposing the sentence, Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor said Jackson died "because of the actions of and the failures to perform legal duties" on the part of Dr. Conrad Murray. The physician, Pastor said, betrayed his patient and his profession. And Murray, the judge added, tried to "blame the victim" — Jackson — and has shown no remorse.

As NPR's Karen Grigsby Bates has reported:

Throughout the trial, "Deputy District Attorney David Walgren kept telling jurors [that] Dr. Murray's gross negligence was a central contributing factor to the pop icon's death. Walgren said administering the powerful anesthetic propofol in a home setting was reckless and inexcusable — especially since, Walgren said, Dr. Murray had none of the proper backup in case Jackson stopped breathing, a common propofol side-effect. ...

"The doctor insisted he used small amounts of propofol to help end an increasingly desperate Jackson's insomnia — a use the drug isn't approved for. But that was countered with evidence that he'd ordered vats of the stuff delivered to the apartment he shared with his girlfriend — and a parade of doctors, including a key witness for the defense, who all said they would never use propofol at home."

Update at 1 p.m. ET: The prosecution had asked for the judge to order Murray to pay more than $101 million in restitution — much of it based on the potential earning power of the concert tour the singer was rehearsing for in 2009. Pastor said he needs more time and information before setting any amount. According to The Associated Press, "it's unlikely that Murray can pay any sizable sum."

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