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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!":

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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.

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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.

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Rep. Giffords: 'I Want To Get Back To Work'

Nov 15, 2011

From a conversation later today on All Things Considered with her husband Mark Kelly, to last night's interview with the couple on ABC-TV to an audio message for her constituents, there are several things to pass along this morning about Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) and the recovery she's making from being shot in the head last January.

-- The Arizona Daily Star had the scoop on the audio message last night. It's Giffords' first such recording since the Jan. 8 shooting rampage in Tucson that left 6 people dead and 13, including Giffords, wounded. Giffords, who has been spending most of her time in recent months in Houston where she's getting rehabilitation therapy, says in part:

"I'm getting stronger. I'm getting better. ...

"Thinking about that day makes me sad. Six people died. Six innocent people. So many people hurt. ...

"I want to get back to work. Representing Arizona is my honor."

As the newspaper says, she speaks "in a slow but clear voice." The statement lasts about one minute. It is an edited recording.

Giffords' staff has since posted the message here.

-- In his conversation with All Things Considered host Melissa Block, Kelly says "it's very possible" that the 41-year-old Giffords will run for reelection in 2012.

He also talks about what it was like the first time, about six months after the shooting, that she was able to ask a question.

It was a simple one, to Kelly: How was his day? "It was a big event. It was so big to me, [that it] completely, like, locked my brain up," he says. "So she had this momentous event when she finally asks a question and I had no answer [because] I was so happy about it."

Much more from the conversation is due on today's All Things Considered. That report will also include Giffords reading from the book that she and Kelly just released: Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope. Click here to find an NPR station that broadcasts or streams the show. Later today, the as-broadcast audio and a story about the interview will be posted here.

-- ABC-TV, which began releasing parts of its interview with Giffords and Kelly last week, said during its full report last night that "humor and determination" have been key to Giffords' recovery.

Asked what she wants more than anything at this point, Giffords tells ABC's Diane Sawyer: "Better. Better. Working hard."

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