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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.


New Mitt Romney Ad Defends His Bain Capital Career

Jan 13, 2012
Originally published on January 13, 2012 11:57 am

Mitt Romney's campaign has a new TV ad meant to counter attacks on his career at private-equity firm Bain Capital, using the same defense it has ever since his rivals for the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination started taking populist jabs at him.

Romney helped create the popular retailers Staples and Sports Authority, as well as the less well-known Steel Dynamics, an Indiana steel maker, the ad called "Bright Future" says. (The New York Times' The Caucus political blog got early access to the ad.)

A woman narrator intones:

"Mitt Romney helped create and ran a company that invested in struggling businesses, grew new ones and rebuilt old ones, creating thousands of jobs. Those are the facts. We expected the Obama administration to put free markets on trial. But as The Wall Street Journal said: 'Mitt Romney's GOP opponents are embarrassing themselves by taking the Obama line.' "

The Caucus reports that the ad is the first from the Romney campaign to push back against the charges made by Newt Gingrich and Texas Gov. Rick Perry that Romney and Bain were corporate predators who "looted" weak companies (Gingrich) and exploited them like "vultures" (Perry).

The former House speaker started the line of attack in Iowa and continued it through New Hampshire and into South Carolina. The southern state whose "first in the South" primary is a week from Saturday, is particularly fertile ground for the attack since it has a ten percent unemployment rate and a history of corporate parents closing textile mills and other manufacturing companies.

The ad is evidence of the Romney's campaign worries that the attacks are having an effect. Polls done in recent days have shown Romney and Gingrich in a much tighter race than earlier polls did.

Particularly vexing for Romney's campaign has to be the nearly 30-minute movie called "When Mitt Romney Came To Town" that alleges that when the GOP front-runner was a top private-equity executive, the actions of Bain led to layoffs of workers at several companies. That film was supported by "Winning Our Future", a superPAC supporting Gingrich.

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