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South China Sea ruling hailed as equalizing small countries

MANILA, Philippines — In one of the world’s most disputed waters, the puny Philippine navy doesn’t stand a chance against China’s flotilla of combat ships. So when diplomacy went nowhere and Beijing’s ships seized a disputed shoal and surrounded another reef, Filipino officials took a desperate step: They went to court.

AP FACT CHECK: Crime stats don’t back Trump’s dire view

WASHINGTON — In presenting himself as the “law and order” candidate for president, Donald Trump portrays a nation of lawlessness and disorder.

That grim picture may speak to the visceral fears of voters of a country “out of control,” as Trump put it. It does not, though, reflect a trend of declining crime that has been unfolding over 25 years.

Appeals court: Washington must fix salmon-blocking culverts

SEATTLE — In a case that could have big implications for dams and other development in the Northwest, a federal appeals court panel said Monday that Native American tribes have a right not only to fish for salmon, but for there to be salmon to catch a ruling that affirms the duty of the United States to protect the habitat of the prized fish under treaties dating back more than 150 years.