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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.

More than 4 in 10 working Americans say their job affects their overall health, with stress being cited most often as having a negative impact.

That's according to a new survey about the workplace and health from NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

While it may not sound so surprising that work affects health, when we looked more closely, we found one group was particularly affected by stress on the job: the disabled.

If you've stepped foot in a comic book store in the past few years, you'll have noticed a distinct shift. Superheroes, once almost entirely white men, have become more diverse.

There's been a biracial Spider-Man, a Muslim Ms. Marvel, and just last week, Marvel announced that the new Iron Man will be a teenage African-American girl.

Joining this lineup today is Kong Kenan, a Chinese boy who, as part of a reboot of the DC comics universe, is one of four characters taking up Superman's mantle.

On Tuesday, an international tribunal soundly rejected Beijing's extensive claims in the South China Sea, an area where China has been building islands and increasing its military activity.

The case before the international tribunal in the Hague was brought by the Philippines, challenging what's widely seen as a territorial grab by Beijing. The tribunal essentially agreed. Beijing immediately said the decision was null and void and that it would ignore it. There are concerns now that the tribunal's decision could inflame tensions between the U.S. and China.

The deaths last week of three African-American men in encounters with police, along with the killing of five Dallas officers by a black shooter, have left many African-American gun owners with conflicting feelings; those range from shock to anger and defiance. As the debate over gun control heats up, some African-Americans see firearms as critical to their safety, especially in times of racial tension.


Alabama Legislative Action

Montgomery, Alabama –
(AP) - A summary of action in the Alabama Legislature on Wednesday, a committee meeting day:
-House Government Appropriations Committee approved a General
Fund budget for the 2009-2010 fiscal year. Goes to House.
-House Government Appropriations Committee approved a bill that
would allow the Legislative Building Authority to use land and
arrange financing to build legislative chambers and offices at the
rear of the Capitol in downtown Montgomery. Goes to House.
-House Government Operations Committee approved a bill that
would end the state Public Service Commission's regulation of basic
landline phone services for residences and for businesses with four
phone lines or less.
-Senate Finance and Taxation-Education Committee approved
education budget for the 2009-2010 fiscal year. Goes to Senate.
-Senate Finance and Taxation-General Fund Committee approved a
bill to shore up Alabama's prepaid college tuition plan. Goes to
-Senate Finance and Taxation-General Fund Committee approved a
Medicaid funding bill pushed by the Alabama Hospital Association.
Goes to Senate.
-Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill to expand the number
of people who can witness an execution on death row. Goes to
-Senate Constitution and Elections Committee meets at 9 a.m.
Thursday in room 727 of the Statehouse to consider a bill limiting
the transfer of money between political action committees.
-House and Senate meet at 10 a.m. Thursday.
"I'm sure there would be 1,000 lawsuits." - State Schools
Superintendent Joe Morton when asked at a Senate budget committee
meeting about the possibility of cutting salaries of all education
employees in an effort to avoid layoffs.

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