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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.

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.


Now Public: Richard Nixon's Grand Jury Testimony

Nov 10, 2011
Originally published on November 10, 2011 4:12 pm

The Nixon Library and National Archives have released a trove of documents (.pdf and a big file) relating to former President Richard Nixon's grand jury testimony. The testimony, taken after Nixon resigned, was the first by a president. Nixon was interviewed at his California home on June 23 and 24, 1975, after he had been pardoned by President Gerald Ford. The release of documents was ordered by a federal judge back in July.

As we reported, the request for the documents was made by historian Stanley Kutler. At the time he said he hoped the documents would reveal the truth about the Watergate scandal. "Nixon knew when you testified before a grand jury you exposed yourself to perjury, so I'm betting he told the truth," said Kutler, the author of Abuse of Power: The New Nixon Tapes. We'll have more on this story, as people begin sifting through the hundreds of documents. We've embedded the first part of the interview transcript below; we're working to get the other parts online. Let us know in the comments if find something of interest.

Update at 4:05 p.m. ET. First Reads:

After giving the interview transcripts a first read, the AP reports that they "shed no light" on the 18 1/2 minutes missing from a post-Water Gate tape.

Talking to the AP historian Kutler "said after his initial review he found no bombshells. 'It's a virtuoso performance. How about $10 for every time he says, I don't recall?'"

The Chicago Tribune's review of the records find a "combative Nixon." They report:

On the second day of his testimony, for example, prosecutors asked about White House efforts to use the IRS against political opponents, particularly Democratic National Committee Chairman Lawrence F. O'Brien, whose office in the Watergate building had been the target of the burglary which began the scandal.

"The Special Prosecutor's office is only interested in the IRS harassment activities insofar as it deals with Mr. O'Brien?" Nixon demanded. "It is not interested in any harassment that the IRS may have done or is doing or has done with regard to, say, me, my friends, or anything like that?"

Update at 2:00 p.m. ET. Documents: Note that we've added the full collection of documents here. We've removed the embed because it was causing technical issues.

Update at 12:56 p.m. ET. Where To Find The Documents: The Government Printing Office has the full collection of documents at its website.

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