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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.


Troy King, John Tyson square off over electronic bingo

Montgomery, AL – - Troy King says he won't use his
authority as Alabama's attorney general to take control of the
governor's Task Force on Illegal Gambling.
But King said Wednesday the task force's attempted raids of
electronic bingo casinos without search warrants are ill-advised
and create a risk of armed confrontation.
He said Gov. Bob Riley and the task force should seek a court
ruling in every county where they question the legality of
electronic bingo, and that would provide the opportunity for the
Alabama Supreme Court to issue a ruling covering the whole state.
King said he will rethink his position concerning the task force
if Riley does not follow his advice in a reasonable time period.

- The commander of the Governor's Task
Force on Illegal Gambling is rejecting the attorney general's
advice about trying to get court rulings against electronic bingo
Attorney General Troy King said Wednesday the task force's
attempts to raid casinos without search warrants are ill-advised
and it should seek court rulings in every county where it questions
the legality of electronic bingo machines.
Task Force Commander John Tyson says that's a delaying tactic
that would allow a few operators to keep breaking the law. Tyson
also said the attorney general is making public statements, but is
not talking to him directly.
Tyson ran against King in the 2006 election. The governor
appointed Tyson last month to lead the task force.