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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.


Penn State Will Honor Paterno, School President Says

Jan 12, 2012
Originally published on January 12, 2012 8:13 am

Legendary football coach Joe Paterno, who lost his job at Penn State in the wake of the scandal over a former assistant's arrest on charges of sexually abusing young boys, will be honored by the school at some point, university President Rodney Erickson told alumni Wednesday evening.

"I can't tell you yet what it will be or when it will be, but we will publicly honor Joe and his wife, Sue, for all the many things they have done for the university, both from an athletic standpoint and an academic standpoint," Erickson said, according to USA Today.

Harrisburg's Patriot-News says there was a "full-throated cheer" from the 600 alumni in attendance when Erickson made that announcement.

Jerry Sandusky, a former assistant football coach at Penn State, was arrested last Nov. 5 and charged with 40 counts alleging he sexually abused eight young boys over more than a decade. Since then, 10 more counts involving two other boys have been added.

Sandusky says he's innocent. Paterno lost his job because a grand jury reported that he did not tell police about Sandusky's alleged crimes even though he had been told by another assistant about an incident involving one of the boys. Paterno did tell other university officials, however. He has not been charged with any crime.

Paterno, 84, coached Penn State's team for 46 seasons and won more games (409) than any other coach in NCAA Division I history.

He won that 409th game on Oct. 29 and the Patriot-News reports today that "a source close to the Penn State board of trustees" says Sandusky was "seen in the president's box that day and later went to the Nitttany Lion Club." At that time, it was already known that a grand jury was investigating Sandusky and he had supposedly been told by Penn State officials to stay away from the school.

In related news, Paterno's son Jay announced Wednesday that he is leaving the team's staff. He had been the quarterbacks coach for the past 12 seasons. The school has hired New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien to be the new head coach, he he is building a new staff.

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