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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 Senate Approves General Fund Budget

Montgomery, Alabama –

(AP) - A summary of action in the Alabama
Legislature on Tuesday, the 26th meeting day of the regular
-Did not have enough votes to bring up for debate a bill to
remove the 4 percent state sales tax on groceries.
-Passed a resolution asking Alabama State University to put
former trustee Joe Reed's name back on the school's basketball
arena. Goes to governor.
-Approved a bill to make the hallucinogenic salvia divinorum a
controlled substance in Alabama. Goes to Senate.
-Passed a bill requiring restaurants to publicly display country
of origin of catfish. Goes to Senate.
-Approved a bill that would allow Alabama residents to posess
some short barrel shotguns and rifles that are currently illegal.
Goes to Senate.
-Gave final passage to a bill that designates hospices as health
care facilities in Alabama. Goes to governor.
-Approved a bill that raises the school dropout age in Alabama
from 16 to 17 and requires 17-year-olds to have parental permission
before dropping out. Goes back to Senate.
-Did not have enough votes to bring up for debate a bill that
set the starting date for the public school year in Alabama as no
earlier than Aug. 16.
-Passed a bill to expand the types of businesses that can get
state economic incentives for locating in Alabama. Goes to Senate.
-Honored eight-term Sen. Bobby Denton, D-Muscle Shoals, who has
announced that he won't seek re-election next year.
-Passed a supplemental appropriations bill for this year, which
the House later disagreed with. Goes to conference committee.
-Passed a bill to allow the sale of stronger wine in Alabama.
Goes to House.
-Approved a revised state General Fund budget. Goes back to
-House Government Operations Committee approved a bill that
would allow the state to lease for up to 70 years land for a
privately developed hotel and convention center at Gulf State Park
in Gulf Shores. Goes to House.
-Senate Confirmations Committee meets at 9 a.m. Wednesday in
room 727 of the Statehouse.
-Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee meets at 9 a.m.
Wednesday in room 609.
-Senate Judiciary Committee meets at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in room
727 to consider hate crimes legislation.
-House Judiciary Committee meets at 9 a.m. Wednesday in room 123
at the Alabama Statehouse to consider a Senate-passed bill make
residential mortgage fraud a crime.
-House Commerce Committee meets at 9 a.m. Wednesday in room 621.
-House Education Appropriations Committee meets at 9 a.m.
Wednesday in room 617.
-House and Senate meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday.
"It's dead." - Paul Hubbert, executive secretary of the
Alabama Education Association, describing legislation to tax,
regulate and expand electronic bingo.

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