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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.

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Penn State Taps Former FBI Director Freeh As 'Investigative Counsel'

Nov 21, 2011

Former FBI Director Louis Freeh has been brought in to be a "special investigative counsel" for Penn State's internal look into how its officials handled reports that former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky might have been sexually abusing young boys.

Penn State trustee Kenneth Frazier, the CEO of drug giant Merck & Co., just announced Freeh's role. Frazier chairs the trustees' special investigations committee.

Sandusky, who says he is innocent, faces 40 criminal counts related to the alleged abuse of at least eight boys over more than a decade — sometimes on campus property. Two university officials have been charged with lying to a grand jury about what they knew as long ago as 1998 and failing to report the possible abuse to police. They profess their innocence.

Long-time head football coach Joe Paterno and school President Graham Spanier lost their jobs after coming under fire for allegedly not doing enough to stop what might have been happening.

Frazier, speaking at a news conference, said the Penn State investigation will spare no university officials — past or president — from scrutiny.

Freeh was FBI director from 1993 to 2001. He was a U.S. District Court judge (appointed by President George H.W. Bush) before that. A graduate of Rutgers University and Rutgers School of Law, he founded and chairs Freeh Group International Solutions, "an independent global risk management firm serving in the areas of business integrity and compliance, safety and security, and investigations and due diligence."

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