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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 Trustees: Paterno's Firing Is In School's 'Best Interest'

Nov 10, 2011

For Penn State's Joe Paterno, the winningest football coach in Division I history, his career ends with this statement Wednesday night from the school's board of trustees:

"The board determined that it is in the best interest of the University for Joe Paterno to no longer serve as head football coach, effective immediately."

Caught up in a scandal revolving around allegations that former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky had been abusing young boys for more than a decade and that Paterno and other school officials didn't do enough to either investigate or alert authorities to what was happening, the legendary coach won't be finishing out the season with his team — as he had hoped to do. (Sandusky says he's innocent.)

Paterno was told of the board's decision over the phone. Also fired: School President Graham Spanier.

After the announcement, as NPR's Jeff Brady reported from State College, Pa., students from the school filled the streets to express their outrage that Paterno wouldn't be allowed to coach Saturday at what would have been his last home game. Some turned over a television news van. Police in riot gear had to break up the crowd.

Some students went to Paterno's home, where he told them "I love you guys," according to The Patriot-News.

On Morning Edition, NPR's Tom Goldman talked about Paterno's legacy at Penn State. "The football program over the years became the embodiment of the school's slogan 'success with honor,' " Tom said. "Penn State won and the players graduated."

But ultimately, a grand jury's report (warning: it is graphic) that said Paterno had been told that Sandusky was seen sexually abusing a young boy and then alerted only the school's athletic director and not police, forced the trustees' to act. That, as Tom says, "is a real black mark" on Paterno's legacy.

"You can't wipe out all the good he did" in helping build Penn State into the major school it is now, said Tom. But the scandal is now likely "to be in the first line of his obituary."

The Patriot-News has a short video clip of the scene at Paterno's home last night when he came out to thank the students.

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