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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.


A Brief on Legislative Action

Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - A summary of action in the Alabama
Legislature on Wednesday, a committee meeting day:
-Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill that would prohibit
a judge from imposing a death sentence in a capital murder case if
the jury recommended life in prison without parole. Goes to Senate.
-Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill to provide a 180-day
moratorium on foreclosures on some types of home loans. Goes to
-Senate Confirmations Committee delayed consideration of the
governor's appointments to several state boards, including the
Board of Agriculture and Industries and the Children's Policy
Council, because of concerns about diversity.
-Senate Finance and Taxation-Education Committee approved
legislation giving tax breaks to movies, TV shows and commercials
produced in Alabama. Goes to Senate.
-House Agriculture and Forestry Committee approved bill to make
the manatee the official state marine mammal. Goes to House.
-House Judiciary Committee approved bill to increase penalties
for some driving under the influence offenses. Also passed proposed
legislation to treat DUI-related fatal boating accidents like
DUI-related fatal accidents involving autos. Go to House.
-House Judiciary Committee approved a bill to add crimes against
people because of their sexual orientation to the state hate crimes
law. Goes to House.
-House Education Appropriations Committee passed a bill to
establish regional autism centers at universities around the state.
Goes to House.
-Senate Constitution and Elections Committee meets at 8:30 a.m.
Thursday in room 727 of the Statehouse to consider a bill requiring
politicians to report the occupations of their campaign
-Senate Health Committee meets at 9 a.m. Thursday in room 727 to
consider legislation creating an Interagency Autism Coordinating
-Legislature's Contract Review Committee meets at 9 a.m.
Thursday in the Joint Briefing Room.
-House and Senate meet at 10 a.m. Thursday.
"Black people can't farm?" - A question from Sen. Myron Penn,
D-Union Springs, after the governor nominated six whites and no
blacks to the state Board of Agriculture and Industries.

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