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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.

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No Interview Planned, Gloria Cain Continues To Shun Spotlight

Nov 4, 2011

Yet another woman seemed ready to break her silence about Herman Cain on Friday, but it was not to be.

The emergence this week of sexual harassment accusations made against Herman Cain has intensified curiosity about Gloria Cain, the candidate's wife of 43 years. Cain himself helped pique the interest earlier this week when he said America would soon "meet my wife publicly in an exclusive interview that we are currently planning."

And the New York Times, Politico and CNN reported that Gloria Cain would possibly appear on Fox News' "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren" on Friday. But the Fox News program has said it had not scheduled an interview with Gloria Cain.

Any interview could force Gloria Cain to address the allegations against her husband, placing her squarely under the hot lights that she's avoided for years. So far, Cain doesn't seem need her to come to his defense: A Washington Post/ABC News poll, taken after news the accusations broke, shows Cain statistically tied with Mitt Romney for the lead in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

High-profile spouses have become the norm in politics, but Gloria Cain, 65, has been largely absent from the campaign trail — and it's just the way she prefers it, according to family friends and the Cain campaign. In his memoir, Cain described his wife's reaction to his desire to run for the presidency as less than enthusiastic.

"Gloria didn't immediately jump up and down and cheer," Cain writes. "In fact she was terrified! Scared to death!" he wrote. "That was because of the widely held perception of what it's like to be in politics — of what it can do to your family and to you, the candidate."

By many accounts, Gloria Cain is the yin to Herman Cain's yang, declining the limelight about as much as her gregarious husband seeks it.

"She's absolutely delightful. Very private, but a very gracious lady," says Valerie Ferguson, an executive at Loews Hotel in Atlanta, where the Cains live in a suburb. "He has a wonderful family. ...These are really, really great people. ...I say that as a Democrat."

Cain also writes in his book that the couple met while in college. They wed just after Gloria Cain, who was a year behind her husband at a neighboring school, graduated. The Cains have two adult children and three grandchildren.

The Daily Caller reported that Gloria Cain is a former schoolteacher, an active member at her church in Atlanta and most comfortable tending to the family. She cooks Sunday dinner for the entire family that Cain rarely misses, even during the campaign.

Gloria Cain hasn't been shy about exerting her political independence from her husband, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The newspaper reports that while Cain has consistently voted for Republican candidates, his wife often has for Democrats—including for Barack Obama in 2008. In 2004, the paper notes, she did vote for a Republican—her husband, who ran for the Senate that year.

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