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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.

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Your Turn: What's It Been A Good Year For?

Dec 30, 2011
Originally published on January 5, 2012 6:56 pm

For many people, 2011 wasn't a great year. When the economy wasn't sluggish, it was turbulent. And all manner of disasters seemed to rotate through the headlines. But in some states, and some neighborhoods, people got along just fine. Look closely at the worlds of business and sports, music and politics, and you'll find a few people and places that had it pretty good in 2011.

Our series "It's A Good Year For..." has uncovered some of the trends and stories that helped shape the past year, as NPR reporters explored why some companies — and even some lab mice — have reasons to be happy.

And we asked for your input, as well — and hundreds of readers responded with their suggestions of the things that had a good 2011. Then we took the results and used them to seed a Word Cloud, below.

As you can see, the themes of economic trouble and democratic revolt were on many peoples' minds as 2011 neared a close.

And a few responses were too personal to be easily collated into a word cloud. The common themes included enjoying one's life, friends and family, and marking personal milestones, like dieting and forgiving oneself.

One person wrote, "Me — accepted into a nursing program and all the good stuff since."

Others were simply unable to restrict themselves to short responses.

For example, one reader wrote in with an elaborately explained suggestion that garage door companies in the Lake Tahoe Basin enjoyed a heyday in 2011, thanks to rambunctiously destructive bears.

The entry ended on a note of conspiracy, as the author concluded that one company "may have had something to do with the break-ins, as many bears have been sighted wearing Truckee Overhead Door t-shirts; worse, residents are suspicious that several bears have been put on their payrolls."

And another person explained an enigmatic response of "okra" by adding, "During the Texas drought, that's the only thing that did well in local gardens."

Many thanks to all who shared their responses, and to the friends, family — and bears — who inspired them.

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