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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.


Obama Inauguration Celebrated Statewide

Montgomery, Alabama – Inauguration brings joy to Ala. civil rights sites

(AP) - A mood of celebration swept across landmark sites of the civil rights movement in Alabama today as Barack Obama became America's first black president.
In Birmingham, thousands gathered in historic Boutwell Auditorium to view the inauguration on a huge video screen. They give the old hall the feel of a church revival with songs, raised hands and flag waving.
77-year-old Ted Roberts recalled marching in civil rights demonstrations in Birmingham. He said he never thought this day would come.
Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper says it's ironic that a municipal auditorium where segregationists once met to maintain white supremacy was now the site of a mass celebration for the election of a black man as president.
In Montgomery, more than 3,000 people went to the basketball arena at historically black Alabama State University to watch the inaugural ceremony. The crowd included many school groups.
A senior from Booker T. Washington High School in Tuskegee, Matthew Harris, said he was proud to be part of a generation that's starting a new era and fulfilling Martin Luther King's dream.
A small group in Selma marched across the Edmund Pettus Bridge and then watched the inauguration at a nearby cafe.
About 200 people - many of them students - watched the inaugural in rural Lowndes County at a National Park Service center marking the route of the Selma-to-Montgomery march. Central High School teacher Sheryl Nelson says her students are not familiar with some of the burdens others have experienced, but they understand that today is a blessing for them.

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