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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 Updates: L.A. Offers Space, Marchers Arrive In D.C.

Nov 22, 2011
Originally published on November 22, 2011 12:34 pm

A small group of Occupy Wall Street supporters who have taken two weeks to walk from New York to Washington, D.C., arrived in the nation's capital today, The Washington Post reports. They're hoping to temporarily occupy a patch of land on the National Mall.

That's one bit of Occupy-related news today. Others:

"Los Angeles officials have offered Occupy L.A. protesters a package of incentives that includes downtown office space and farmland in an attempt to persuade them to abandon their camp outside of City Hall," several demonstrators who are involved in the negotiations tell the Los Angeles Times.

Elsewhere, "a day after police cleared the last of three Occupy Oakland camps, another popped up overnight, this time in West Oakland on a property that is reportedly in foreclosure," the Contra Costa Times reports.

In Michigan, meanwhile, "Occupy Detroit's time in Grand Circus Park is up," The Detroit News says. The group's one-month permit to camp there expired at 11:59 p.m. Monday. Now, after cleaning the area as the protesters promised to do, they're planning to use the park for rallies.

And in New York, where the Occupy Wall Street movement began, news outlets have sent letters to city officials "complaining about the police handling of journalists covering the Occupy Wall Street protests and called for meetings to address their concerns," The Huffington Post says.

There's news from outside the U.S. as well. According to Canada's National Post, "Occupy Calgary tents were removed overnight and those who remained at the city's Olympic Plaza were given court summons for illegally camping in the park." Protesters also faced eviction in Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver, the newspaper says.

Of course, there's also the ongoing attention being paid to the incident Friday at University of California, Davis, where police pepper-sprayed Occupy protesters.

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