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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.


Report Details A Heated Battle Between Miami Police, State Troopers

Jan 5, 2012

This is, no doubt, a local story. But bear with us because it's pretty fascinating. Yesterday, the Florida Highway Patrol issued a final report on an incident that sparked a battle between the state troopers and Miami-Dade Police.

It all started in October when Trooper Donna Jane Watts saw a Miami police vehicle speeding through the Florida Turnpike at speeds in excess of 120 mph. Watts turned on her lights and tailed the police car, which did not have its emergency lights on.

The chase went on for a few minutes. Watts' dash cam caught the action and you can hear her talking to dispatch with concern in her voice over why he's not stopping:

When Miami Officer Fausto Lopez finally pulled over, Watts got out of her car and drew her gun. She angrily told Lopez she was serious, while Lopez tried to explain he was on his way to an off-duty job at a school.

In the video posted by the Sun-Sentinel, you hear Watts tell Lopez: "You don't respect me, sir. You don't respect these people out here. This is not a first time occurrence with you all. It's not excusable."

The Miami Herald reports that the incident sparked retaliations. They report:

"In the following days, the battle between the two sides waged fast and furious — and nasty. An anonymous officer sent Univision 23 a video that appeared to show FHP troopers speeding on the turnpike with no emergency lights flashing. And a Miami officer pulled over an FHP corporal far out of the officer's jurisdiction. He was reprimanded.

"Someone dumped several gallons of human feces on an FHP cruiser parked in front of a trooper's home. The trooper happened to be former Miami City Commissioner Joe Sanchez.

"FHP and Miami police hoped a friendly softball game for charity in early December would help end the feud between the agencies. Miami beat FHP 17-3."

The report issued yesterday found that Watts acted properly. Lopez was charged with reckless driving.

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