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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.


Report: Hundreds Of Troops' Ashes Were Dumped In Landfill

Dec 8, 2011

"The Air Force dumped the incinerated partial remains of at least 274 American troops in a Virginia landfill," The Washington Post reports this morning, adding that it's "far more than the military had acknowledged, before halting the secretive practice three years ago, records show."

On Morning Edition today, the Post's Crag Whitlock added that "almost undoubtedly" there are even more cases, perhaps going back at least to the 1990s. The Air Force says it ended the practice in 2008.

The Post has been ahead on this story, which has been emerging over the past month or so. As NPR's Tom Bowman reported in early November, at first it was thought there had been just a couple instances of partial remains being taken to a landfill instead of — as families had been assured they would be — being buried at sea or in some other dignified way.

Now, the Post has uncovered records that expose more of the "embarrassing episode for vaunted Dover Air Base, the main port of entry for America's war dead." And, Whitlock told Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep, the newspaper has emails indicating that disposing partial remains in a landfill "was the practice going back to the '90s."

As Whitlock said, troops in Iraq and Afghanistan have been involved in combat where "a lot of people are killed by bombs or die in explosions" that shatter bodies. "In many cases," he said, "what happens is the morgue at Dover isn't able to identify all the remains until after a funeral or until a body is returned to a family" — meaning that some body parts have remained behind at the morgue.

"What happened in these cases," Whitlock said, "is the families had signed paperwork asking the military to dispose of these subsequent remains in a dignified manner. ... The Air Force would have them cremated ... and then have the ashes taken to a landfill. The families were never told about this."

Some remains that were never identified were also disposed of in the landfill.

There have already been investigations of the practices at the Dover morgue. More are now likely.

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