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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.


One Of World's Oldest Cypress Trees, 'The Senator,' Burns In Florida

Jan 17, 2012
Originally published on January 17, 2012 2:03 pm

Investigators are now saying arson was not the likely cause of a fire that on Monday destroyed a cypress tree in Central Florida that was an estimated 3,500 years old — making it perhaps the oldest such tree in the nation and one of the oldest in the world.

Known as "The Senator," the tree that once stood 165 feet tall (before a hurricane lopped off about 45 feet in 1925) was more likely brought down by a fire that had been smoldering inside it — without being detected — since a lightning strike about a week ago, investigators say.

As WFTV-TV says, "Seminole County Fire Rescue spokesman Steve Wright said that the tree was hollow" and that the fire does not appear to have begun from the outside.

The Orlando Sentinel adds that while "an investigator with the state Division of Forestry has listed the cause of the fire as 'undetermined,' " that agency has also "ruled out arson as the cause," according to spokesman Cliff Frazier. That's a shift from what authorities first suspected.

According to Florida Today, the tree was named for Florida Sen. M.O. Overstreet, "who in 1927 donated the property on which the landmark sits." That property is now Seminole County's Big Tree Park. President Coolidge came for the park's dedication in 1929.

We see varying claims about the tree's ranking among the world's oldest. WFTV-TV calls it "one of the world's oldest cypress trees." The Sentinel says its age was estimated when "the American Forestry Association bored a small hole in The Senator in 1946 for a core sample."

Firefighters tried to save The Senator, and laid more than 800 feet of hose to get to it. They did manage, however, to protect Lady Liberty, a nearby cypress that's an estimated 2,000 years old.

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