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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 Review

Montgomery, Alabama –
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A summary of action in the Alabama
Legislature on Thursday, the 17th meeting day of the regular
-Vote failed to bring up for debate a bill to remove the state 4
percent sales tax from food purchases.
-Members of Black Caucus used stalling tactics to prevent action
on other bills to protest failure to bring up bill to remove the
state sales tax from groceries.
-Held a ceremony honoring members of the Butler High School in
Huntsville boys basketball team, that won the Alabama 5A state
-Passed a resolution requiring the governor to give the
Legislature reports on the spending of federal stimulus funds. Goes
to Senate.
-Approved a bill requiring training, testing and licensing for
mortgage loan originators. Goes to House.
-Delayed a final vote on an anti-smoking bill after adding
amendments opposed by the sponsor.
-Delayed consideration of a bill that would allow voters in
small towns in dry counties to vote to legalize liquor sales.
-Contract Review Committee allowed the governor to proceed with
a $250,000 contract for attorneys to help the Governor's Task Force
on Illegal Gambling.
-Legislative Council blocked a plan to allow furloughs of state
-House and Senate meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday.
"They have to buy something that fills the tummy rather than
buying something that is good for the arteries and prevents
hypertension." - House Speaker Pro Tem Demetrius Newton,
D-Birmingham, talking about effect of high price of groceries on
poor people during discussion of a bill to remove state 4 percent
sales tax from groceries.

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