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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.


Court rules against bingo operator in seizure case

Montgomery, AL – - The Alabama Supreme Court has dealt
electronic bingo a setback in a case from White Hall that
questioned the legality of the popular gambling machines.
In a 6-3 decision Friday, the court struck down a preliminary
injunction that kept the Governor's Task Force on Illegal Gambling
from conducting another raid on White Hall Resort and Entertainment
Center, 20 miles west of Montgomery.
The court did not make a final determination on the legality of
electronic bingo throughout Alabama, but the majority of the
justices questioned the legality of the games used in White Hall.
Gov. Bob Riley called the decision a victory in his battle to
shut down the machines.
Attorneys for the White Hall gambling hall and the charity that
operate said the court's decision applies only to the machines
seized in White Hall.
The court case stemmed from a task force raid on the White Hall
gambling center in March and seizure of 105 gambling machines and
more than $500,000 in cash.
The charitable organization that operates the facility,
Cornerstone Community Outreach, argued that the machines were legal
electronic bingo games. The group persuaded a judge to issue a
preliminary injunction against future raids. The preliminary
injunction also required the task force to return the machines and
cash seized in the raid.
The governor appealed to the state Supreme Court. The state's
highest court put the preliminary injunction on hold in April and
reversed it Friday.
The court said Cornerstone failed to demonstrate that it had a
reasonable likelihood of showing that seized machines "constituted
the game of bingo."