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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 Tuesday on how he would go about reforming 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.

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No Joint Press Conference For Cain Accusers, Lawyer Says

Nov 10, 2011
Originally published on November 10, 2011 5:33 pm

Karen Kraushaar, who received a 1999 settlement in a workplace sexual harassment complaint against Herman Cain, has decided not to hold a joint press conference with three other women who have also alleged past harassment by the GOP presidential candidate, her attorney said Thursday afternoon.

Only Sharon Bialek, who held a press conference this week to allege that Cain made an inappropriate sexual advance when she met with him to seek help finding a job, had agreed to participate.

She is being represented by well-known lawyer, Gloria Allred.

Kraushaar's lawyer, Joel Bennett, says that, for the past several days, she has been trying to contact two other women who have accused Cain of harassment but have remained anonymous.

"Despite diligent efforts," Bennett said outside his Washington law office, "she has not heard from these women."

Like Kraushaar, one of the women worked at the National Restaurant Association in the late 1990s and independently made a claim of harassment against Cain.

Both Kraushaar, 55, a longtime government employee who now works as a spokesperson for the Treasury Department, and the second woman received cash payments to settle their claims.

The other woman who has remained anonymous told the Associated Press last week that Cain allegedly harassed her when she worked at the association.

"Ms. Kraushaar has decided not to hold a press conference unless and until the other women come forward," Bennett said. "She will have no future comment until that time and she and I will not be granting any interviews to the media before any such press conference."

"Ms. Kraushaar thanks Gloria Allred and Sharon Bialek for their willingness to appear with her, but believes it would be more meaningful to have all four women present and participating," he said.

Kraushaar's name was revealed earlier this week by the online news site The Daily.

Last week, the restaurant association offered Kraushaar a full mutual waiver of any confidentiality obligations. She and Bennett opted for a limited waiver that allowed her to make a statement characterizing Cain's alleged harassment.

Bennett this week indicated in advance of the proposed press conference that his client was interested in a full waiver, but she is not currently requesting such a waiver.

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