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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 Allegations: The Latest Developments

Nov 3, 2011

Catching up on the latest news about the allegations, which he says are false, that Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain sexually harassed some women when he was heading the National Restaurant Association in the late 1990s:

-- The campaign's response: Cain spokesman J.D. Gordon again said the candidate "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." He said, as Cain also has, that the candidate is the subject of "baseless allegations."

-- A third woman: Meanwhile, a third woman has told The Associated Press that Cain made sexually suggestive remarks and gestures toward her when she worked with him at the association. According to the AP, the woman, who "spoke only on condition of anonymity, saying she feared losing her current job and the possibility of damage to her reputation ... said in interviews that Cain was aggressive and inappropriate with her, even extending a private invitation to his corporate apartment."

"The woman said she did not file a formal complaint against Cain because she began having fewer interactions with him," the wire service adds.

-- Another woman defends him: But another woman who worked with Cain at the association, the AP reports, says he was "a good boss." Christina Howard added she "felt no problem going into his office and asking for his advice."

-- A witness? As Frank James reported on It's All Politics, "Chris Wilson, a Republican political consultant who did work for the trade group when Cain was there and does work for super PAC supporting Texas Gov. Rick Perry's presidential bid now, told KTOK, an Oklahoma news radio station, that he saw Cain harass a trade group employee more than once." KTOK adds that "Wilson said for legal reasons, he can not discuss details of the incident."

-- Cain blames Perry; Perry campaign responds: Cain on Wednesday accused his Republican rival Perry "of orchestrating the original report about allegations of sexually inappropriate behavior," Politico writes. "In separate appearances Wednesday evening, both Cain and his campaign manager, Mark Block, asserted that the Perry campaign was behind Politico's report Sunday that, as head of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s, at least two female employees complained about inappropriate behavior by Cain and ultimately signed confidential agreements that gave them financial payouts to leave the association."

A spokesman for the Perry campaign, Ray Sullivan, said "no one at our campaign was involved in this story in any way."

-- Statement coming from one woman? Joel P. Bennett, an attorney for one of the two women in the original Politico report about the allegations, told NPR and The New York Times that he is drafting a statement for his client and will consult with the restaurant association today about issuing it even though the settlement the woman reached when she left the association included a confidentiality agreement. Bennett has previously said his client believes Cain has not been telling the truth about what happened.

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