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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 Monday on how he would go about reforming the Dept. 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.


Cain Accuser Won't Release Name As New Details Of Harassment Emerge

Nov 3, 2011

One of two women who settled sexual harassment complaints against GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain when he headed the National Restaurant Association will know by Friday whether the group will release her from a confidentiality clause that prevents her from speaking about the agreement.

The woman, however, is unlikely to go public even if the lobbying group lifts the confidentiality requirements imposed as part of the 1999 cash settlement, her lawyer says.

"My expectation is if we reach an agreement, the statement that will be issued will not identify her," lawyer Joel Bennett told NPR. "I have no intention of releasing her name."

"My understanding is also that she has no intention of releasing her name," Bennett said. "She's a private person who does not want to become a public figure."

People who had direct knowledge of the complaints at the time have told NPR that they detail persistent harassment by Cain.

The harassment has been described to NPR as frequent, usually but not exclusively verbal, and involving sexually graphic comments and approaches when the women were alone with him in work situations.

Those same sources also say that the two women independently pursued their complaints, unaware of the other's claim, and that at least one of the women reported her allegations to a supervisor, who passed it on to the organization's human resources department. But the alleged behavior by Cain did not stop, NPR's sources say.

Cain has denied the allegations. When asked for comment, Cain campaign spokesman JD Gordon responded with this statement: "Mr. Cain has said over the past two days at public events that we could see other baseless allegations made against him as this appalling smear campaign continues."

"He has never acted in the way alleged by inside-the-beltway media, and his distinguished record over 40 years spent climbing the corporate ladder speaks for itself," Gordon continued.

"Since his critics have not been successful in attacking his ideas, they are resorting to bitter personal attacks. Mr. Cain deserves better."

The restaurant association in a statement acknowledged Thursday that its outside counsel has been asked to act by Friday afternoon on Bennett's request on behalf of his client.

"We are currently reviewing the document, and we plan to respond tomorrow," said Sue Hensley, Senior Vice President for Public Affairs Communications for the National Restaurant Association.

Bennett also declined to "confirm or deny" a Politico report that his client received $45,000 to settle her complaint against Cain.

A second woman, who also alleged that she was sexually harassed by Cain when he ran the association between 1996 and 1999, reportedly received a year's salary of $35,000 to settle her complaint, according to the New York Times.

Bennett characterized his client as a communications professional who does not want to appear in public or speak on the record. He will handle public statements, Bennett said, until his client advises him otherwise.

A story last Sunday in Politico that revealed the existence of the 12-year-old settlements with the two women started the firestorm around Cain, who has given evolving accounts about his knowledge of the complaints and settlements.

It has also led to a vigorous media pursuit of the women and their identities, a race which is only expected to intensify with the release of Bennett's client from confidentiality restrictions.

Bennett's client currently works for the federal government in a non-political, professional job.

Thursday's developments, and the emergence this week of a third anonymous accuser and a man claiming to have witnessed inappropriate behavior by Cain, continued to complicate his run for the GOP presidential nomination.

Pollster Chris Wilson, who does work for Perry's campaign alleged during an interview with radio station KTOK, says that he saw Cain acting inappropriately toward a female association employee at a suburban Washington restaurant. Wilson was doing work for the association at the time.

As Cain has risen in the polls, so has scrutiny of his past, including his stewardship of the Washington-based restaurant association after he left his position as the head of Godfather's Pizza.

Cain, 65, has characterized the women's claims as false, and described the situations in question as benign. He has suggested that the women who complained about his behavior didn't understand his brand of humor, and accused presidential opponent Rick Perry's campaign of being behind the leak of the more than decade-old allegations.

Perry's campaign has strenuously denied the assertion.

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