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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.


Occupy Oakland Movement Tries To Regroup After Shooting

Nov 11, 2011

Is it fair to blame the Occupy Oakland encampment for a murder on its doorstep?

That's the question everyone's debating today here in Oakland, after a young African-American man was gunned down by the campsite Thursday at about 5 p.m.

Some here say the victim was not affiliated with the camp; others say he was a frequent visitor, identified as "Alex" (police have not yet released his name). City officials don't seem very concerned about that particular detail. Regardless of the victim's affiliation with the camp, city council members and now the mayor say the camp has become a magnet for fights and other disturbances downtown. The police union this morning pleaded with the Occupy campers to vacate the plaza in front of City Hall. The statement read, in part:

"Yesterday's murder was Oakland's 101st homicide of 2011. It is time for us to stop directing all of our efforts at policing the small enclave of 'Occupy Oakland' and get back to our job of protecting the citizens of Oakland in the neighborhoods where our residents live."

Occupy activists reject the notion that their camp is somehow distracting the police from patrolling the rest of the city. And they say closing the camp in response to the shooting is nonsensical. One activist told me, "By that logic, we should shut down the whole city of Oakland."

They point out that residents of the camp tried to break up the fight, before the gun was drawn, and that their medics tried to help the victim until the EMTs arrived.

The camp members also tried to control the situation; right after the shooting, some of them blocked media photographers from getting close to the scene, and at least one camera man was assaulted. One camper told me to put away my recording gear or risk getting beaten up "like the others."

The campers have good reason to fear that this shooting may spell the end of the encampment. Local merchants and members of the city council have been pressuring Mayor Jean Quan to evict them. (She did once before, on Oct. 25, but the campers were soon allowed to come back, infuriating downtown businesses.) Last night, she issued a statemement that read, in part:

"Tonight's incident underscores the reason why the encampment must end. The risks are too great. We need to return OPD resources to addressing violence throughout the city. It's time for the encampment to end. Camping is a tactic, not a solution. "

So residents of the camp are steeling themselves for another eviction. I chatted briefly with two young kids, a sister and brother, who'd been equipped by their father with German Army gas masks. In case of tear gas, apparently.

City officials are not eager for another violent scene. Many are sympathetic with Occupy's larger political message, especially in the office of Mayor Quan. But they're also extremely frustrated with the current standoff. One of them told me, "This movement got the whole country finally talking about income inequality in the country... but now it's turning into a debate over camping."

(Martin Kaste is a national correspondent for NPR.)

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