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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.

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Speed Of Light Hasn't Been Broken, Second Set Of Scientists Says

Nov 21, 2011
Originally published on November 21, 2011 5:40 pm

Full disclosure: We're not even close to being qualified to figure out who's right and who's wrong on this one.

But given all the attention that's been paid to the claim by one group of Italian scientists that they may have fired a neutrino beam that sent particles flying faster than the speed of light, we want to pass along this, from Reuters:

"An international team of scientists in Italy studying the same neutrino particles colleagues say appear to have traveled faster than light rejected the startling finding this weekend, saying their tests had shown it must be wrong."

There's a paper from that second group of scientists posted here.

According to a fairly laymen-friendly post at Science 2.0, this second group of scientists looked at the tests and concluded that "the energy spectrum of the detected neutrino interactions in [the original group's experiment] shows a very nice agreement with the expectation for well-behaved light-speed-moving neutrinos." In other words, the neutrinos acted just as you'd expect them to — not in a way that challenges Albert Einstein's theory of relativity.

We trust our friends at the 13.7 blog will be able to sort this all out.

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