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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.


U.S. Unveils Virtual 'Embassy' To Iran

Dec 6, 2011

Days after angry Iranian students overran the British embassy in Tehran, The U.S. has opened its new "embassy" for Iranian citizens. Senior U.S. diplomats haven't returned to Tehran after more than 30 years - this department is web only.

The front page features a welcome video from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and the seal of the State Department, with the banner "Virtual Embassy of the United States, Tehran - Iran" set at the very top.

But as the welcome message reads,

"This website is not a formal diplomatic mission, nor does it represent or describe a real U.S. Embassy accredited to the Iranian Government. But, in the absence of direct contact, it can work as a bridge between the American and Iranian people."

The State Department says while the Iranian government is trying to shut off information to its citizens about the U.S., it's still reaching out to Iranian civilians. Earlier this year, the agency set up Twitter and Facebook pages in Farsi, both of which can be accessed from the new website. And new features include a video greeting from President Obama on the occasion of the Iranian New Year, also translated into Farsi.

The page is positive and friendly, with little negative information. It breezes over the 1979 Iranian revolution that saw the end of the formal Iranian - U.S. relationship, with nothing written about the fate of the American embassy or the American hostages held there for 15 months.

While the U.S. ramps up its outreach to Iranian civilians, a top Iranian leader says foreign diplomats will receive better protection within Iran in the future. Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi says young Iranians attacked the British embassy last week because they were angry over new British sanctions on Iran for that country's nuclear policy, according to Reuters. Britain pulled its diplomats out of Iran and forced Iranian diplomats to go home. Salehi says it won't happen again.

However, a member of the Iranian Parliament published an opinion piece in the Tehran Times today, justifying the embassy attack. He darkly warns Britain to reverse its new sanctions, otherwise the Iranian parliament will take "tougher measures and the remaining channels of communication will be completely shut down."

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