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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.


Would You Burn Your Cash To Stay Warm And Alive? This Man Did

Jan 18, 2012
Originally published on January 18, 2012 1:26 pm

We saw stories earlier this week about a man who was lost for two nights in Mount Rainier National Park over the weekend, but survived in part because he burned the money he was carrying to keep warm as a blizzard blew through the area.

But a critical question wasn't answered until today. — how much money went up in flames?

Now, thanks to The Seattle Times, we know:


A $1 bill and a $5.

That was a little dissapointing. We'd been picturing a bigger blaze. Not a I've-found-D.B. Cooper's-lost-loot-and-now-I-have-to-burn-it story, but maybe a few hundred bucks or something.

Still, 66-year-old Yong Chun Kim's tale is pretty compelling. For instance, according to the Times Kim says he "worried he was breaking the law by burning money and feared he would get in trouble for setting a fire inside the national park." The $6 was all the money he had with him.

Ultimately, the newspaper says, Kim used his "trusty yellow lighter" to burn "anything else he could spare — an extra pair of socks, bandages, a nylon scarf and a toothbrush — before he was rescued Monday at an elevation of about 6,400 feet after spending two nights on the frigid mountain with only what he had packed for a day hike."

And he also rested for only short periods, because he figured moving would keep his body temperature up. Kim had gotten separated from the snowshoeing group he was leading when he slipped and slid about 150 feet. He told them to keep moving and and seek help. Kim had a little food in his pack. It took rescuers a while for rescuers to find him, obviously, but when they did he "was in such good shape that ... he did not have to go to a hospital and instead went home with his family," The Associated Press says.

As for the money, the AP reports that Kim says it burned the best of all the things he seat afire.

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