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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.


Seattle, Western Washington Hunker Down As Snow Arrives

Jan 18, 2012
Originally published on January 18, 2012 12:01 pm

While Seattle may not get hit quite as hard as previously thought by a winter storm that's moving across the Northwest, the National Weather Service has issued some ominous sounding updates about how large that storm is turning out to be.

There's this message:

"A large portion of the northwestern U.S. has winter storm warnings in place. This region spans as far south as extreme Northern California and as far east as South-Central Montana. Embedded within this expansive area of warnings are winter weather advisories which includes the entire Sierra Nevada mountain chain."

As NPR's Howard Berkes reminds us, many parts of the nation have been suffering a snow drought this season, which not only hurts businesses and communities that depend on winter recreation but also means some areas may have a shortage of water come spring. "Ski areas and water agencies consider this to be welcome relief from what was the driest December in the record books for some places," Howard tells our Newscast desk.

Our original post — "Seattle, Western Washington Hunker Down As Snow Arrives":

Though forecasters have scaled back from ominous predictions of up to 10 inches of snow today in Seattle and 4 feet in the Cascade Mountains, it's still going to be "a mess" in much of western Washington State today, The Seattle Times reports.

It's now expected the city will get several inches of snow between now and Thursday, with rain mixing in at times, according to the National Weather Service. The Cascades are likely to get a couple feet of snow.

Still, "Seattle Public Schools will be closed Wednesday," KING-TV says.

And to the south a bit in Olympia, up to 7 inches of snow could fall today. The Olympian newspaper says folks there are being advised to stay home and that "an avalanche warning is in effect for the Olympic and Cascade mountains, where danger is extreme."

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