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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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Poll: Cain Still Tied With Romney Despite Sex Harassment Claims

Nov 4, 2011

There's been anecdotal evidence, and certainly plenty of signs on social media, that many Republicans still say Herman Cain is their choice for president despite the revelation that the restaurant trade group he once headed paid monetary settlements to women who accused him of sexual harassment.

Now we have some data. A new Washington Post/ABC News poll says Cain is statistically tied with Mitt Romney in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

The former Massachusetts governor, Romney, is at 24 percent while Cain, one-time head of Godfather's Pizza, was at 23 percent. The poll was the first conducted since news broke Sunday that the National Restaurant Association paid settlements to two women who accused Cain of sexual harassment and other inappropriate behavior when he chaired the trade group in the late 1990s.

In a finding that probably tells us more about how much party identification colors perspective, seven in ten Republicans said the sex harassment settlements and charges generally don't matter.

I haven't yet seen a poll that puts the same question to Democrats and independents but who doubts that the result would be far different?

The poll was taken after Politico reported that Cain was accused of sexually harassing at least two women when they all worked at the National Restaurant Association during the late 1990s.

The trade group paid the women settlements, reportedly $45,000 in once case and $35,000 in the other and the women left the trade group bound by confidentiality agreements.

Since the initial Politico story a third woman says she was harassed by the presidential candidate, a Republican consultant has come forward to say he witnessed some of the harassment and Cain, who first denied the stories has repeatedly shifted and contradicted himself.

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