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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.


Yemeni Leader Saleh Reportedly Ready To Sign Handover Deal

Nov 23, 2011

He's said he'd do something like this before and then not followed through. So keep that in mind when you hear that:

"Ali Abdullah Saleh, the president of Yemen, has arrived in Saudi Arabia to sign a Gulf power-transfer initiative brokered by the six-member Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC), the country's state television has reported." (Al-Jazeera)

Yemen's Foreign Press office has released this statement:

"Earlier today, the Honorable Ali Abdullah Saleh, President of the Republic of Yemen, arrived to the capital of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (Riyadh) to participate in the signing ceremony of the power transfer initiative brokered by the Gulf Corporation Council (GCC). The transfer of executive powers to Vice President Abdo Rabu Mansour Hadi will be effective immediately after signing the accord. Furthermore, a high level delegation representing the opposition coalition is en route to Riyadh to sign the practical mechanism and timeline accord for the GCC initiative brokered by the United Nations. This monumental agreement will hopefully bring an end to the ten-month long turmoil in the homeland."

As The Associated Press says, "Saleh's signature on the Gulf-brokered accord — if he goes through with it — would start a new chapter in the ... popular uprising that has shaken the Arab world's poorest country. Since January, tens of thousands of Yemenis have protested in cities and towns across the nation, calling for democracy and the fall of Saleh's regime."

The BBC reports that "the deal, Mr Saleh would step down and hand over power to his deputy Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi in return for immunity from prosecution. Mr Hadi is then expected to form a national unity government and also call for early presidential elections. Some reports say that Mr Saleh will remain an honorary president for 90 days after the power handover."

There have been hundreds of people killed and thousands wounded in Yemen as Saleh's government cracked down on dissent.

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