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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 Monday on how he would go about overhauling 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.


Venezuela's Chávez: Maybe The U.S. Is Giving Cancer To Leftist Leaders

Dec 29, 2011
Originally published on December 29, 2011 6:25 pm

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez mused that the United States might be behind his cancer and that of other leftist leaders in Latin America.

Reuters reports:

"'It would not be strange if they had developed the technology to induce cancer and nobody knew about it until now ... I don't know. I'm just reflecting,' he said in a televised speech to troops at a military base.

"'But this is very, very, very strange ... it's a bit difficult to explain this, to reason it, including using the law of probabilities.'"

Chávez, who is known for his outrageous speeches, has been battling cancer since he had surgery to remove a tumor from his pelvis in June. Argentina's president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, an ally of Chávez, announced yesterday that she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and would undergo surgery Jan. 4. Brazil's current president Dilma Rousseff, her predecesor and mentor Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and Paraguay's Fernando Lugo were also diagnosed with cancer.

The Guardian reports that Chávez "conceded he had no proof and did not want to make 'reckless' accusations."

Nonetheless Chávez continued: "Would it be so strange that they've invented the technology to spread cancer and we won't know about it for 50 years?"

"I repeat: I am not accusing anyone," Chávez backtracked. "I am simply taking advantage of my freedom to reflect and air my opinions faced with some very strange and hard to explain goings-on."

According to The Daily Mail, Chávez said that Cuban leader Fidel Castro has warned him in the past to be careful.

"[The U.S. has] developed technology, be careful with what you eat, they could stick you with a small needle," Chávez says Castro told him. Chávez then told Boliva's Evo Marales and Equador's Rafael Correa to "be careful; we just don't know."

Update at 6:23 p.m. ET. State Department Says Comments Are 'Reprehensible':

The U.S. State Department dismissed the comments made by Chávez.

"With regard to the Chavez statements, let me simply say that they are horrific and reprehensible," said State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland, according to AFP.

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