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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.

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New Hampshire: Land Of Diversity. Really.

While people tend not to know much about New Hampshire, when it comes to presidential politics, the small state tucked into northern New England has some clout.

For the better part of the past week, all eyes have been focused on the 42nd most populous state, which holds its primary Tuesday. But who are the voters there, who play such a critical role in selecting the nation's next leader?

It's pretty easy to identify the classic stereotypes most outsiders associate with New Hampshire. Just ask long-time resident Earl Wingate:

"Wood smoke, maple syrup, plaid flannel jacket, crotchety, frugal," he says.

In a song called "Granite State of Mind," the band Super Secret Project has updated the old Robert Frost/Norman Rockwell caricature of the state. The song jokes that people like tipping cows, DSL service is brand new, and you might just see a moose.

Get it? New Hampshire equals boring backwater.

Let's be honest, there's a little truth to New Hampshire's reputation. The maple syrup is great. The state is not known for its nightlife, and it's tied for third with West Virginia as the whitest state in America.

So when long-time politician Ray Burton was asked to describe the state in one word, his response was surprising.

"It's diversity, I believe," he said. "Variety and diversity."

The 72-year-old Burton doesn't mean race or ethnicity, though.

"In the district that I've represented now for 34 years, out of the 263,000 people, about a third are Democrats, a third Republicans, and the other third are independents," he said.

The diversity of political thought in New Hampshire is where outsiders can begin to get a sense of what people here value.

In a state where more voters are registered "undeclared" than Republican or Democrat, you get plenty of people who can see both sides of an issue and don't mind splitting their tickets on Election Day.

There's that "independent streak" label that seems stuck on the state. In New Hampshire, you are expected to think for yourself and live up to the state's motto, "Live Free or Die."

But there's this wrinkle to it all, despite the Libertarian-like trappings. People are also expected to look out for each other.

High school senior Brian Wagner describes the time he walked into a McDonald's and saw a homeless man shaving.

"He didn't have anything, anywhere to go, and I had 10 bucks in my pocket, enough to eat, so I figured, 'What the hell am I going do with this money?'" Brian said. "And I just gave it up to him. And I wrote a note saying, 'Use it well and have a good life.'"

This soft underbelly that cuts against pretty much every assumption and stereotype of the Granite State is pretty hard to see from the outside. Instead, what these presidential candidates get is the hard shell.

Linda Bissonnette, who traces her roots back to the Mayflower, says maybe that flinty exterior is an asset come primary time.

"People that are running for office have to come here and they have to break down the barriers, break down the walls and talk," she said. "And the more they talk, the more we learn, the better we can decide are they really the character we want in the White House."

What does this all mean in terms of the kind of candidate people here gravitate to? That's hard to say.

But people care about voting; the state consistently ranks among the top states in voter turnout. And they embody and find comfort in their infamous motto.

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