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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.


A Summary of the Latest Action in the Alabama Legislature

Montgomery, Alabama –
(AP) - A summary of action in the Alabama
Legislature on Tuesday, the ninth meeting day of the regular
-Debated, but did not vote on a bill to place stiffer penalties
on truck drivers and companies that don't properly tie down steel
coils on the back of trucks.
-Passed a bill to require DNA testing of all suspects arrested
on felony charges. Goes to Senate.
-Approved a bill that allows gourmet beers with higher alcohol
contents to be sold in Alabama. Goes to Senate.
-Passed a bill that would require law enforcement to inform a
convicted sex offender before he is released from prison if he has
provided an address that would put the offender in violation of
state law. Goes to Senate.
-Approved a bill to allow up to eight family members of a murder
victim to attend the execution of the convicted murderer. Goes to
-Gave final approval to a number bills extending the life of
state agencies. Go to governor.
-Had a moment of silence to mourn the death of former Rep. James
"Goat" Hamilton, D-Rogersville.
-Had a moment of silence to mourn the death of former Rep. Jim
Haney, R-Huntsville.
-Recognized that Tuesday was 60th birthday of Rep. Mike Hill,
R-Columbiana. Representatives and staff members wore "I like
Mike" buttons.
-Approved a stimulus bill that would spend $6 million of state
funds to help spur home sales in the state. Goes to House.
-Defeated a bill that would have spent $1 billion from an oil
and gas revenue savings account over 10 years on highway
-Recognized Senate President Pro Tem Rodger Smitherman on his
56th birthday.
-Senate Governmental Affairs Committee approved a bill to
increase the penalties for cockfighting. Goes to Senate.
-House Education Appropriations Committee meets at 9 a.m.
Wednesday in room 617 at the Alabama Statehouse.
-House Judiciary Committee meets at 9 a.m. Wednesday in room 123
to consider a bill to increase the penalty for driving a boat under
the influence of alcohol or drugs when involved in fatal accident.
-House Government Operations Committee meets at 9 a.m. Wednesday
in room 622.
-House Committee on County and Municipal Government meets at
1:30 p.m. Wednesday in room 622.
-House Agriculture and Forestry Committee meets at 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday in room 603 to consider a bill to make the manatee the
official state marine mammal.
-House Tourism and Travel Committee meets at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday
in room 123.
-House Education Policy Committee meets at 1:30 p.m. in room 602
to consider bill to allow teachers and students to express their
own opinions during certain science classes.
-Senate Judiciary Committee meets at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in
room 727.
-Senate Confirmations Committee at noon in room 727.
-House and Senate meet at 10 a.m. Thursday.
"This means people can get drunk quicker as they go down the
highway." - Rep. DuWayne Bridges, R-Valley, during debate of bill
to allow sale of beer with higher alcohol content.

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