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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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'Top Gear' Host Clarkson Slammed For Saying Strikers Should Be Shot

Dec 1, 2011
Originally published on December 1, 2011 12:18 pm

There are calls for Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson to be fired by the BBC because he said on the air last night that the U.K. public sector workers who staged a massive strike Wednesday should be shot "in front of their families."

The sometimes outrageous Clarkson was appearing on the BBC's The One Show. One of the program's "presenters" later apologized to viewers for another comment Clarkson made, about people who kill themselves by stepping in front of trains. Clarkson had suggested trains shouldn't stop when that happens because "it won't make them better."

A BBC spokesman later said the apology also covers the comments about strikers.

Sky News just moved a "breaking news" alert that Clarkson has also apologized for his comments.

UNISON, Britian's largest public sector union, says it's considering taking legal action because Clarkson's comments were an "incitement to violence." And it wants Clarkson sacked.

Want to judge for yourself? Here's a short video clip from Clarkson's now infamous appearance.

Back in February, Clarkson came under fire for a comment he made about Mexicans.

And Sky News has collected more of Clarkson's "clangers" here.

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