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Rising food prices 'disaster for public health'

Economists expect a four per cent rise in the cost of the UK's weekly shop this year, and food prices are already rising more quickly than those in the rest of Europe.

According to a survey of its members, the National Farmers' Union has forecast a bleak picture of this year's harvest, and wheat in particular has been badly hit.

Bad conditions in the US and Russia, both big exporters of grain, are also contributing to food prices rising globally.

Professor Tim Lang, professor of food policy at City University, told Today presenter Sarah Montague that the rising price of fruit and vegetables "is a disaster for public health".

Lord Haskins of Skidby, a farmer and former chairman of Northern Foods, said the current rise is due to a "temporary blip because of the weather... one must distinguish between the short term problems of ugly looking potatoes in the shops and long term problems of climate change."


Baltimore fire kills 4 kids and a woman, injures 2 firefighters

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Officials stand in front of a fire-damaged house in Baltimore, where an early morning fire claimed the lives of an adult and four children on Oct. 11, 2012.
An intense fire that ripped through a row house in northeast Baltimore early Thursday killed an adult and four children, a fire official said.

Fire department spokesman Chief Kevin Cartwright says firefighters were called around 2 a.m. and arrived to find heavy fire and smoke coming from the first and second floors of the home.

Cartwright said there were "intense flames coming out of every window and door in this structure."

Baltimore City Fire Chief James Clack told NBC affiliate WBALTV that 10 people were in home, and five escaped before the fire crews arrived.

One man jumped from a second-floor window to escape the blaze, he said. The man was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center for treatment, where he was in stable condition. Others, including a woman who handed a baby out of the home, escaped before firefighters arrived at the scene. Cartwright said he believes the baby is in good condition.

Arrow Down

Three dead after Florida parking garage collapse; 1 still missing

A badly injured construction worker pulled from the rubble of a collapsed parking garage at Miami-Dade College early Thursday has died, police said, raising the death toll to three.
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Firefighters remove a victim from the rubble early morning Oct. 11 in Doral, Fla, after a section of a parking garage under construction at Miami-Dade College campus collapsed.

Miami fire and rescue crews rescued the construction worker around 1 a.m. Thursday at the Miami-Dade College in Doral, Fla.,Miami fire officials said. But in order to get the man out, medics had to amputate both of his legs above the knees, authorities said. Another trapped worker who had been freed was in critical condition.

Rescue workers continued Thursday to search for the last person believed to have been in the structure when it collapsed.

Eight people were hospitalized at Miami-area hospitals after the Wednesday collapse, which killed three workers, according to a statement from Miami-Dade Fire Rescue.


Red Cross urges Spanish to donate money for food parcels to give to their own countrymen, as 2.3 million are deemed 'extremely vulnerable'

Spaniards are being called on to supply food parcels to their poverty-stricken counterparts as the nation's economic crisis continues to bite.

Spain's Red Cross today launches a drastic appeal for €30 million - a move which in recent years has been reserved for helping famine-hit African nations and earthquake-ravaged Haiti.

It is the first time the agency's annual campaign has focused solely on aiding people in its own country and will see essential food supplies handed out to
2.3 million 'extremely vulnerable' citizens over the next two years.

Recession: Unemployed men and women queue up at a job center in Madrid as the Spanish Red Cross announces its first drive for donations to aid the country's own population

Light Saber

People Power! Incredible! Spanish protesters win!

Given the horrific images we've all seen of Spanish police goons violently beating up innocent men and women, this refreshing clip shows the tide has changed --- and non-violently!

What the crowds are chanting:

"The people united will never be defeated!"


Family concerned about priest after bizarre call regarding an assassination plot involving himself and interpreter


Father Christian Kappes
Fr. Christiaan Kappes calls Fox59, dealing bizarre assassination plot involving himself and interpreter.

An Indiana priest who made international news after he was reported missing last week, has reached out to Fox59 news just a day after telling his family that his is alive and safe.

But the story relayed by Father Christiaan Kappes, while reportedly traveling home to Indiana from the ordeal, was so strange that family members are now concerned about his mental state.

Nadia Charcap listened to the call, in which Father Kappes detailed a bizarre assassination plot involving himself and his interpreter, and says she is now concerned that the stress of the past week may jeopardize his journey home.


Berlin police brutality under investigation after video shows alleged violence against 'deranged' man

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Authorities in Germany are investigating the "violent tactics" used by Berlin police to subdue an allegedly "deranged," weapon-wielding man over the weekend. The police allegedly shot the man in the leg, before pepper spraying him, kicking him in the neck and setting a dog loose on him, German website The Local reports.

According to the German newspaper Bild, a 50-year-old man referred to only as Andre C. was seen walking around on Saturday afternoon holding two knives. He is said to have also been carrying an axe in his waistband.

Terrified residents reportedly called the police, and officers soon arrived at the scene, Bild adds.

Eye 1

Schaumburg police chief stalks and harasses ex-girlfriend for months

Schaumburg, Illinois - Six months - that's how long police in Schaumburg have been going by a woman's home, to make sure their own chief isn't harassing her.

Dawn Davis has filed a complaint against Schaumburg Police Chief Brian Howerton for allegedly stalking her.

Monday night, in an exclusive interview, Davis told CBS 2 Investigator Pam Zekman she fears for her safety. Now, Zekman continues the conversation with Davis.

"I felt just complete hopelessness," Davis said of her ordeal.

She said she felt trapped in a stormy 18-month relationship with the police chief.

  • Pistol

    Thirteen-year-old shot and killed his grandparents because they called his mother a 'whore'

    Zachary James Proper
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    Zachary James Proper, 13, shot and killed his grandparents after they allegedly called his mom a whore
    Oil City, Pennsylvania - A 13-year-old boy shot and killed his grandparents after they allegedly called his mother a whore, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

    State troopers today announced the boy, Zachery James Proper of Oil City, Pennsylvania, will be charged with criminal homicide in the weekend shootings of his grandparents, Dorothy and George Fross.

    According to the criminal complaint by troopers in northwestern Pennsylvania, Proper's parents, Ryan and Karen Kapp, called Oil City police Monday night because they were concerned that their son had gotten drunk and high on Sunday night and had stolen a car belonging to his grandparents. The Kapps called police because they could not reach the Frosses by phone and because Proper told them that "his friend had shot and killed his grandparents," the complaint said.

    The Oil City police chief went to the Fross' home and questioned the boy, who acknowledged shooting his grandparents because they allegedly called his mother a whore and "were speaking poorly about her", authorities said.

    The state police were eventually called because they have jurisdiction in the township where the grandparents lived, about 70 miles north of Pittsburgh.

    Heart - Black

    Jerry Sandusky delivers one final hateful, haunting response to his victims

    Jerry Sandusky
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    Jerry Sandusky was sentenced to at least 30 years in prison for molesting children.
    Bellefonte, Pennsylvania - Jerry Sandusky wore bright red jail garb on Tuesday, looking like a quarterback in practice, untouchable and protected.

    Except Sandusky was about to get hit, a 30- to 60-year sentence coming from Judge John Cleland here at the Centre County Courthouse stemming from 45 guilty counts of sexual molestation. It's enough, given Pennsylvania's parole guidelines, to keep the 68-year-old Sandusky confined to prison for life.

    Judge, defense and prosecution all agreed on that.

    "Realistically, even if Jerry was to survive the 30 years, he won't be released," said Sandusky's own attorney, Joe Amendola.

    Sandusky knew he was never going to be free again. He knew it that hot June night as the sheriff and a deputy hauled him away, a look of fright across his face, people shouting for him to rot in hell. Judging by his thinning frame, a result, his family said, of twice-a-day workouts in his isolation cell and a distaste for jail food, he's on his way to doing just that.

    So, no, this crisp fall morning wasn't about a sentencing hearing, the outcome a mere formality.