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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.


Summary of Legislative Action

Montgomery,Alabama – (AP) - A summary of action in the Alabama Legislature on Thursday, the eighth meeting day of the regular session:
-Passed a bill to appropriate $8 million for building an
elementary school in the Walker County town of Oakman to replace a
building that was heavily damaged by a tornado. Goes to Senate.
-Approved legislation to limit the liability of owners of land
leased for hunting and fishing if someone is injured on their
property. Goes to Senate.
-Approved a bill that says a landlord is not required to pay
delinquent utility bills that are in the names of tenants. Goes to
-Passed a bill that would establish the Alabama Boxing
Commission. Goes to Senate.
-Approved legislation that would punish teenagers who cause
discipline problems in school by delaying the time when they can
receive a driver's license. Goes to Senate.
-Passed a bill that makes it legal for bicycle riders to use
their right hand to make turn signals instead of their left arm.
Goes to Senate.
-Held a moment of silence and passed a resolution mourning the
death of Betty McCorquodale, wife of former House Speaker Joe
-Approved bills to extend the existence of 17 state regulatory
boards, including the Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners and
Board of Physical Therapy. Go to House.
-Approved legislation to complete deregulation of landline
phones. Goes to Senate.
-House and Senate meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday.
"Tornadoes don't pick and choose. They just show up." - Rep.
Randy Davis, R-Daphne, during debate of a bill to appropriate $8
million to replace a tornado-damaged elementary school in Oakman in
Walker County.

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