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Marketplace Bombing Kills 31 In Far Western China

NPR News - Wed, 2014-05-21 23:42

The attack in China's volatile northwestern region of Xinjiang on Thursday was the bloodiest in a series of violent incidents that Chinese authorities have blamed on radical separatist Muslim Uighurs.

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Albuquerque Police Face Federal Scrutiny, Local Outrage

NPR News - Wed, 2014-05-21 23:31

Police in Albuquerque, N.M., have shown a pattern of excessive force that violates the Constitution, a federal report says. The department is changing policies; families are demanding accountability.

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Former Obama Campaigner Tries Running For Himself In Iowa

NPR News - Wed, 2014-05-21 23:30

Brad Anderson helped the president in Iowa in 2008 and 2012, but he's never campaigned on his own behalf. He cites Obama as an inspiration, but others might not be as quick to start their own races.

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In A Coal Town Where Jobs Are Few, Wild Ramps Are Plenty

NPR News - Wed, 2014-05-21 23:29

The annual Ramp Feed, which celebrates the ramp, or wild leek, gives the economically depressed mining town of Richwood, W.Va., a reason to celebrate. And you can smell those alliums for miles.

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VIDEO: Khodorkovsky warns on Russia sanctions

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 23:21
Former Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky has warned against further sanctions on Moscow for its role in Ukraine's current crisis

Five bailed in Syria charity probe

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 23:00
Five men arrested in West and South Yorkshire by anti-terror police investigating suspected fraud by a Syrian aid charity, are bailed.

Toure wants Man City 'job for life'

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 22:43
Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure wants assurances he will stay at the club for as long as possible, says his agent.

VIDEO: Missing US woman found 10 years on

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 22:38
A California woman reported missing aged 15 is found alive after years of alleged sexual abuse, and her suspected captor is arrested.

England wrap up to replicate Brazil

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 22:20
England players train in multiple layers and undergo sweat tests in preparation for the heat of the World Cup in Brazil.

Polls open for European elections

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 22:06
The polls have opened across Wales for voting in the European elections, with eleven political parties competing for four Welsh seats.

Voters go to polls in Euro election

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 22:02
Voters across Scotland are going to the polls in the European elections, which will see six Scots MEPs returned to the European Parliament.

Cardiac care services discussed

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 22:01
Plans to shake-up cardiac services at four district hospitals in mid and west Wales will be discussed later following a critical review by a panel of UK leading heart specialists.

Rest in poverty?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-05-21 21:59

This is probably the grimmest indicator of Britain's growing inequality: There's been a striking rise in the number of paupers' funerals. 

To be fair, it is not a very precise indicator because the number of British people who cannot afford their own funeral and have to be buried or cremated at the state's expense is shrouded in secrecy.

Local authorities have a legal duty to dispose of the indigent dead – under the Public Health (Control of Disease ) Act - but they don't brag about the subject. In fact they have to be compelled by requests under the U.K.'s freedom of information law to divulge any details.

A series of these requests by the opposition Labour Party has revealed a disturbing trend: Over the past five years, the number of paupers' funerals (or Public Health Funerals as they are more decorously termed) has increased across the country by 35 percent to more than 3,000 a year. In southwest England, the number has doubled.

"It's becoming too expensive for the poor to die," says Dr. Kate Woodthrope, of the Death and Society Centre at Bath University. Woodthorpe is not entirely surprised by the secrecy surrounding this subject. "There is something Dickensian about this. And there is a Victorian legacy of shame about not being able to give someone a decent send-off."

Dr. Woodthorpe – a sociology lecturer - blames a number of factors for the increase in state-funded burials and cremations.

"The costs have been rising. A cremation now costs an average of around [$5,000] and much more for burial because of the shortage of land," she says. "That's too expensive for many poor people."

But she also says Britain's relatively high divorce and separation rates have led to families becoming more dispersed around the country, blurring the lines of responsibility for burying sometimes distant relatives. 

A pauper's funeral sounds like a desperately bleak affair. But Julie Dunk of the Institute of Cemetery and Crematoria Management says the service is not perfunctory; it's simple and dignified and although there is usually no memorial marking the grave, the the name of the deceased is always recorded in the cemetary register. And these state-funded funerals can be well attended.

"I once arranged a public health funeral for a homeless man," says Dunk. "And although there was no family or friends to pay for the service, he was such a well known figure in the local neighborhood, that more than hundred people turned up at the funeral to pay their respects."

 

Rest in poverty?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-05-21 21:59

This is probably the grimmest indicator of Britain's growing inequality: There's been a striking rise in the number of paupers' funerals. 

To be fair, it is not a very precise indicator because the number of British people who cannot afford their own funeral and have to be buried or cremated at the state's expense is shrouded in secrecy.

Local authorities have a legal duty to dispose of the indigent dead – under the Public Health (Control of Disease ) Act - but they don't brag about the subject. In fact they have to be compelled by requests under the U.K.'s freedom of information law to divulge any details.

A series of these requests by the opposition Labour Party has revealed a disturbing trend: Over the past five years, the number of paupers' funerals (or Public Health Funerals as they are more decorously termed) has increased across the country by 35 percent to more than 3,000 a year. In southwest England, the number has doubled.

"It's becoming too expensive for the poor to die," says Dr. Kate Woodthrope, of the Death and Society Centre at Bath University. Woodthorpe is not entirely surprised by the secrecy surrounding this subject. "There is something Dickensian about this. And there is a Victorian legacy of shame about not being able to give someone a decent send-off."

Dr. Woodthorpe – a sociology lecturer - blames a number of factors for the increase in state-funded burials and cremations.

"The costs have been rising. A cremation now costs an average of around [$5,000] and much more for burial because of the shortage of land," she says. "That's too expensive for many poor people."

But she also says Britain's relatively high divorce and separation rates have led to families becoming more dispersed around the country, blurring the lines of responsibility for burying sometimes distant relatives. 

A pauper's funeral sounds like a desperately bleak affair. But Julie Dunk of the Institute of Cemetery and Crematoria Management says the service is not perfunctory; it's simple and dignified and although there is usually no memorial marking the grave, the the name of the deceased is always recorded in the cemetary register. And these state-funded funerals can be well attended.

"I once arranged a public health funeral for a homeless man," says Dunk. "And although there was no family or friends to pay for the service, he was such a well known figure in the local neighborhood, that more than hundred people turned up at the funeral to pay their respects."

 

Tesco to move sweets from checkouts

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 21:38
Tesco says it is to stop selling sweets and chocolates at all its checkouts in an effort to help customers make healthier choices.

Ex-tycoon warns on Russia sanctions

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 21:26
Former Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky says new sanctions risk playing into the hands of nationalists trying to isolate Moscow from the West.

'Computers affect ability to learn'

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 21:21
A teaching union in Northern Ireland voices concern about the impact of modern technology on children's ability to learn at school.

VIDEO: The house that is heated by sea water

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 21:01
The National Trust is unveiling a new project on Thursday to suck heat from the sea to warm one of its historic homes in North Wales.

Russian 'fury' at Charles, and eBay security - front pages

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 21:00
Growing Russian anger at Prince Charles's comments about Vladimir Putin, and concerns about a hacking attack on online auction site eBay are among the stories on Thursday's front pages.

Sea's heat to warm historic house

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 20:49
One of the finest old mansions in Wales is making history with a new technology that sucks heat from sea water.
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