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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.


Occupy? Humble Brag? What's Your 'Word Of The Year?'

Dec 16, 2011

Merriam-Webster may think that "pragmatic" was 2011's word of the year, as we reported Thursday, but there's certainly lots of room to debate that choice.

And the American Dialect Society has put out its annual call for help in deciding what word it should bestow with the honor.

Last year, the society decided "app" was 2010's top word.

Today on Morning Edition, Boston Globe language columnist Ben Zimmer — who chairs the society's new words committee — told host Renee Montagne that the early favorite is probably "occupy."

It is "an old word that has been invested with new meanings" thanks to the Occupy Wall Street movement and all the other occupy protests it has sparked, Zimmer said. "It has become a call to action itself," he added.

But, of course, there are many other possibilities: "Arab Spring," "bunga bunga" and "tiger blood" come to mind.

Zimmer has a personal favorite: "humble brag." It describes the fake humility of some celebrities when they Tweet or talk about how hard their lives can be.

As The Wall Street Journal's Heard & Scene blog explained back in April, "Harris Wittels, a standup comedian and a writer on the NBC series Parks and Recreation, created a Twitter feed called Humblebrag, which compiles examples of the offense."

An example, from MTV "teen mom" Tyler Baltierra this week:

"Still so akward when ppl keep their speed same with mine on the freeway just to beap n wave lol #justwave&smile #awkward ;)

Have "word of the year" suggestions? The Dialect Society has an e-mail address to send them to:

And feel free to discuss in our comments thread.

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