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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.


Latest Actions in Alabama Legislature

Montgomery, Alabama – Summary of action in Alabama Legislature

(AP) - A summary of action in the Alabama Legislature on Tuesday, the 20th meeting day of the regular session:
-Action stalled because of delaying tactics by Democrats
protesting votes by Republicans that have prevented debate of bill
to remove state 4 percent sales tax on food. Republicans used
procedural votes to delay action to protest the House work agenda.
-Passed a resolution honoring retired U.S. District Judge U.W.
Clemon of Birmingham. Goes to Senate.
-Passed a resolution honoring the Shelton State Community
College men's basketball team for finishing sixth in the national
junior college championship tournament in Hutchinson, Kan. Goes to
-Gave final approval to an executive amendment Gov. Bob Riley
made to a stimulus bill that will spend $6 million in state funds
to help spur home sales in the state.
-Gave final approval to a resolution telling the Obama
administration that it wants all unemployment funding available
from the federal stimulus package and it is willing to change state
law to get it. Goes to governor.
-Got shut down in stalling tactics by Sen. Phil Poole,
-House Constitution and Elections Committee meets at 9 a.m.
Wednesday in room 603 at the Alabama Statehouse to consider several
bills dealing with restoring voting rights for convicted felons.
-House Education Appropriations Committee meets at 9 a.m.
Wednesday in room 617.
-House Judiciary Committee meets at 9 a.m. Wednesday in room 123
to consider bill to allow use of marijuana for medical purposes.
-House Government Operations Committee meets at 9 a.m. Wednesday
in room 622 to consider a Senate-passed bill to end regulation of
home and business phone services and give landline phone rates the
same deregulated status as cell phones and Internet-based calling.
-House Government Appropriations Committee meets at 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday to consider General Fund budget.
-House Education Policy Committee meets at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday
in room 602.
-House Agriculture and Forestry Committee meets at 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday in room 603 to consider bill adding ferrets to animals
who must receive vaccinations for rabies.
-Senate Finance and Taxation-Education Committee meets at 9:30
a.m. Wednesday in room 727 to consider the education budget.
-Senate Finance and Taxation-General Fund Committee meets at
10:30 a.m. Wednesday in room 727 to consider legislation funding
the state's prepaid college tuition plan.
-Senate Judiciary Committee meets at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in
room 727 to consider legislation expanding the number of people who
can witness an execution.
-House and Senate meet at 10 a.m. Thursday.
"You could stay at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York and
stay there every day and never have to report it." - Gov. Bob
Riley at news conference encouraging legislators to pass his
proposed legislation strengthening Alabama's ethics law.

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