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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.


A Sweet, Southern Thanksgiving Treat From B. Smith

Nov 22, 2011

As Thanksgiving approaches, you can almost smell and taste the turkey, buttered collard greens and soft corn bread stuffing. As a pre-feast treat, Tell Me More guest host Tony Cox visits a woman whose name to many is synonymous with fine Southern cuisine and entertaining: Barbara Smith, also known as B. Smith.

Today, she runs restaurants, writes cookbooks and designs a home goods collection. But before all this, she was a model who graced the covers of such magazines as Mademoiselle and Ebony. How did she go from fashion to food?

"I learned to cook with my parents. Holidays, we had Thanksgiving. That was our family holiday. Christmas was always at my grandmother's, and Easter was at my aunt's," she tells Cox. "I didn't take any classes. I didn't go culinary school. Instead, I got on the board of the Culinary Institute."

Smith was the first African-American woman elected to the board of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America.

The Presidential Suite

Today, one of B. Smith's most striking restaurants is located in Washington, D.C., in what was once known as the "presidential suite" at Union Station. The suite was created after the assassinations of Presidents Garfield and McKinley, to increase the safety of traveling commanders-in-chief and their families. While the suite no longer serves its official purpose, Smith hosted an inaugural event for first lady Michelle Obama there in 2009.

B. Smith Knows Bread Pudding

One of the mouth-watering treats that the restaurant serves is bread pudding, which Cox tasted before his interview with Smith. Executive Chef Karida Celestine prepared the dessert, topping it off with bourbon sauce and pumpkin ice cream.

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