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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 Legislature Action

Montgomery, Alabama –
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A summary of action in the Alabama
Legislature on Tuesday, the 22nd meeting day of the regular
-Passed a resolution honoring the memory of victims of the
Holocaust in Europe. Goes to Senate.
-Debated but did not vote on a $2.5 billion General Fund budget.
-Held a moment of silence and passed a resolution mourning the
death Birmingham City Council President Pro Tempore Miriam
-Passed a $6.3 billion education budget for the 2009-2010 school
year. Goes to House.
-Passed a resolution mourning the death of Frank Bruer, a
longtime Capitol reporter for the Birmingham Post-Herald.
-Held a moment of silence to mourn the death of Birmingham City
Council President Pro Tempore Miriam Witherspoon.
-Senate Governmental Affairs Committee approved a bill that
would require anyone elected to be a county sheriff to have three
years of law enforcement experience. Goes to Senate.
-House Judiciary Committee meets at 9 a.m. Wednesday in room 123
at the Alabama Statehouse to consider a bill to make it a crime for
a teacher or school employee to have sexual relations with a
-House Education Appropriations Committee meets at 9 a.m.
Wednesday in room 617 to consider education budget.
-House Public Safety Committee meets at 9 a.m. Wednesday in room
-House Government Operations Committee meets at 9 a.m. Wednesday
in room 622.
-House Constitution and Elections Committee meets at 9 a.m.
Wednesday in room 603 to consider a bill to prohibit political
campaigns from using pictures of an opponent that have been
digitally altered in a negative way.
-House Committee on Boards and Commissions meets at 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday in room 601.
-House Government Appropriations Committee meets at 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday in room 617.
-House Banking and Insurance Committee meets at 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday in room 621.
-House Committee on County and Municipal Government meets at
1:30 p.m. Wednesday in room 622 to consider a bill to prohibit
state, county or municipal government to require employees to take
polygraph tests as a condition of continued employment.
-Senate Education Committee meets at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in room
727 of the Statehouse to consider a bill requiring college students
applying to teacher preparation programs to have criminal
background checks.
-Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee meets at 9 a.m.
Wednesday in room 609 to consider a bill naming the manatee as the
official state marine mammal.
-Senate Judiciary Committee meets at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in room
-Senate Finance and Taxation-General Fund Committee meets at
10:30 a.m. Wednesday in room 727.
-Senate Judiciary Committee meets at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in
room 727 to consider a bill banning text messaging while driving.
-House and Senate meet at 10 a.m. Thursday.
"I am delighted we have these funds, because otherwise I would
have to describe the cuts that we would have to make as
Draconian." - House Speaker Seth Hammett, D-Andalusia, discussing
effect of federal stimulus money on funding for state agencies.

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