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Food insecurity hits almost 15 percent of US households

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Food security means everyone having access to enough food to maintain a healthy life at all times. In the United States today, nearly 15 percent of households have reported food insecurity at some point during the last year. That is to say that they are either hungry, or uncertain about their food supply.

The issue is particularly concerning for households with kids and minority families. In a country that wastes about 40% of the food that is produced each year, people are developing diseases that are specifically related to not having enough food. This paradox illustrates the importance of creating a fair system for food distribution throughout the US, and beyond.

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Chaplain opens food bank to help 'starving' people in Aberdeen, Scotland

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Pastor Barry Douglas of Kings Community Church in the city, is "horrified" by the poverty in the oil capital of Europe.
A city pastor has urged the oil industry and local businesses to provide more training or handouts after being forced to open a food bank to help "starving" people.

Barry Douglas, chaplain of Aberdeen FC and pastor at Kings Community Church in the city, is "horrified" by the poverty in the oil capital of Europe, particularly in the community of Seaton on the fringes of more affluent Old Aberdeen.

The food bank was officially opened by Labour leader Johann Lamont who is campaigning against benefit changes which Mr Douglas says have hit the local community hard.

"Scottish neighbourhood statistics show that 29 per cent of people in Seaton are below the poverty line," he said.

"As a minister I see many needs in the community and one of the biggest needs is, believe it or not, food.


Berezovsky was found with noose around his neck, police say

Boris Berezovsky, the Russian oligarch who died last week at his U.K. home, was found with a noose around his neck.

A similar piece of material was tied to the shower rail above the 67-year-old in the bathroom where he was discovered, Detective Inspector Mark Bissell of Thames Valley Police said on the first day of a coroner's inquest in Windsor, England, today.

Berezovsky died March 23 from hanging with no evidence of a violent struggle, U.K. police said earlier this week following an initial autopsy. The results of additional tests, including toxicology and histology examinations, won't be known for several weeks.

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Texas food prices on the rise, 2012 drought blamed

Food prices finally caught up with last years drought. According to the Texas Farm Bureau food prices became noticeably higher in the first quarter of 2013.

The Texas Farm Bureau took sixteen items, such as lettuce, fruit, meat, and milk and found the total price to be nearly five and a half percent higher than the same items in 2012.

According to the Texas Farm Bureau, ground beef is up 10% in one year and sirloin steak is up almost 19%.

The cause? The Bureau says last year's drought.

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Indonesia's food prices hiked by a whopping 12.9%, inflation at 22-month high

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According to DBS, in Indonesia, the food component is the main driver of inflation. Food prices have risen by 7.6% since the beginning of the year and in YoY terms, the figure has surged to 12.9%.

With food prices (including processed food and tobacco) taking up a hefty 36% of the CPI basket, this has single-handedly pulled headline inflation to a 22-month high.

While bad weather in January has contributed to food price pressures, it is the persistent price uptrend in selected spices that that has kept the food price index rising.

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Hundreds of teens mob pedestrians on Chicago's Magnificent Mile

Hundreds of teens swarmed the Magnificent Mile, near Michigan and Chicago Avenues, and harrassed innocent shoppers and tourists.
Several teens were arrested after dozens of mob groups began attacking pedestrians on Chicago's downtown Magnificent Mile area on Saturday night.

Police responded to reports of disturbances near Michigan and Chicago Avenues.

Police said 28 teens were arrested during the incident and no serious injuries were reported.

The teens charged with misdemeanor reckless conduct and battery and later released, according to News Affairs Officer Perkus.

Eleven other teens were charged with the same misdemeanor charges after they attacked a group of women on the CTA Red Line, police said.

Bizarro Earth

Driver crashes into San Jose Walmart and attacks customers

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A driver crashed into a San Jose Walmart on Sunday.
Four Walmart customers were injured in San Jose Sunday morning after a suspect crashed a vehicle into the store and started assaulting people, a San Jose police spokesman said.

Officers first responded to a report of a vehicle that drove into a Walmart store at 777 Story Road at about 11:15 a.m., Sgt. Jason Dwyer said.

The driver of the vehicle immediately got out of the vehicle, picked up a blunt object from inside the store and began to physically assault customers, Dwyer said.

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Percent of Americans believing in the resurrection drops to 64% from 77% last Easter

A study released by the Rasmussen Reports polling firm on Good Friday found that 64% of Americans believe that Jesus Christ rose from the dead.

While Americans who believe in the resurrection remain in the majority, that number is down significantly when compared to a Rasmussen Poll that asked the same question, released a year ago.

On April 7th, 2012 Rasmussen released a poll finding that 77% of Americans believed the resurrection of Christ to be historical fact.

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Kaufman County officials, courts under tight security after D.A. killing

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As a team of investigators swarmed the north Texas home where Kaufman County Dist. Atty. Mike McLelland was gunned down with his wife over the weekend, courthouse staff returned to work Monday under armed guard.

McLelland, 63, and his wife Cynthia, 65, were found shot to death at their home on Saturday, according to Kaufman County Sheriff's Lt. Justin Lewis. The shootings came about two months after Assistant Dist. Atty. Mark Hasse was fatally shot outside the courthouse, a case that is still under investigation with no arrests, officials have said.

Neighbors behind the McLellands' brick suburban home outside Forney, Texas, told The Times they were questioned by the FBI and Texas investigators Sunday, but that they told officials they had not heard anything suspicious.

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Gluttony: Boobus Obesus Americanus' favorite sin
"Our fear of hypocrisy (political correctness) is forcing us to live in a world where gluttons are fine, so long as they champion gluttony."

Jonah Goldberg
"He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have."
― Socrates
"Do you think it is a vain hope that one day man will find joy in noble deeds of light and mercy, rather than in the coarse pleasures he indulges in today - gluttony, fornication, ostentation, boasting, and envious vying with his neighbor? I am certain this is not a vain hope and that the day will come soon."

Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov