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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.


Penn State Scandal: Sandusky Likely To Be Remanded To Jail, Lawyer Says

Nov 23, 2011

The news that Jerry Sandusky is being investigated in two more cases of alleged child sex abuse will likely mean that the former Penn State assistant football coach will be remanded to jail before a Dec. 13 preliminary hearing about the case, his lawyer says.

As reports, attorney Joe Amedola told ABC News on Tuesday that "my concern is if they bring new charges based upon new people coming forth, that bail's going to be set, and he's going to wind up in jail."

According to Harrisburg's The Patriot-News (via PennLive):

"Two cases of child sex abuse alleged against Jerry Sandusky have been opened by Children and Youth Services in Pennsylvania. The cases were reported less than 60 days ago, and so they are still in the initial stages of the investigation. If they are found to be credible, these would be the first known cases to be reported since Sandusky's arrest that involve current children. All of the other publicly known cases of alleged victims coming forward have been adults."

Sandusky already faces 40 counts stemming from the alleged abuse of eight young boys over more than a decade. Some of the incidents allegedly happened on campus. Sandusky says he's innocent, though he has admitted showering with some of the boys. Head football coach Joe Paterno and Penn State President Graham Spanier lost their jobs for allegedly not doing enough to either stop what was allegedly happening or alert authorities after they had been warned.

Paterno apparently kept a firm grip on any disciplinary actions involving his team. As The Wall Street Journal reported this week, he "clashed repeatedly with the university's former chief disciplinarian over how harshly to punish players who got into trouble, internal emails suggest."

Meanwhile, Reuters says that all four "of the judges in Penn State's home county have now recused themselves from the case against Sandusky, the state courts system said." The first judge on the case, who allowed Sandusky to go free on $100,000 unsecured bail, had ties to the charity for at-risk kids that Sandusky founded. A judge from another county has since been brought in to handle the case and other judges have recused themselves as well "to avoid any appearance of conflict of interest," the court system says.

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