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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.


Top Stories: 'Merkozy' Tries To Save Euro, U.S. Drone In Iran's Hands

Dec 5, 2011

Good morning.

We've already done these posts:

-- Report: Cain To Endorse Gingrich.

-- All Eyes On 'Merkozy' As Leaders Try To Save Euro.

-- Putin 'Still Sure To Win' Next Year Despite Setback For His Party.

Some of the day's other major headlines include:

-- "Iran Says It Shot Down Drone; U.S. Admits One Lost." (McClatchy Newspapers)

-- Some Occupy DC Demonstrators Arrested By U.S. Park Police In Dispute Over Construction Of Wood Building. (The Washington Post)

-- "Post Office To Move Forward With Cuts." (Morning Edition)

-- "Syria 'Positive' On Arab League Monitors Plan." (Al-Jazeera)

-- "Egypt Elections: Low Turnout For First Round Run-Offs." (BBC News)

-- "WikiLeaks' Assange Can Continue Extradition Fight." (The Associated Press)

-- Tiger Woods Ends Two-Year Winless Drought. (ESPN)

Penn State Scandal: And if you missed it over the weekend, The New York Times posted about its four hours of interviews with Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant football coach at the center of a scandal involving allegations that he had been sexually molesting young boys for more than a decade. Sandusky again "insisted he had never sexually abused any child," the Times said.

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