Hunger Is Rising Across U.S., Say City Leaders


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Hunger is on the rise in major cities across the United States, according to a new survey released Wednesday by the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

In the survey of mayors in 25 major American cities, 83 percent said requests for emergency food aid had increased over last year while budgets for emergency food purchases increased by less than one percent. Across all 25 cities, 21 percent of those applying for assistance did not receive it.

Causes of hunger cited in the survey were, in order: Unemployment, low wages, poverty and high housing costs. Among people requesting food aid, according to the survey, 43 percent were employed, 58 percent were in families, 21 percent were elderly, and 9 percent were homeless.

The survey comes while Congress mulls cutting SNAP benefits, commonly known as food stamps, in negotiations over the farm bill.

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Man Allegedly Killed Both Wife with Dementia and Sister in Vegetative State


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A 60-year-old California man allegedly shot and killed his wife, who suffered from dementia, along with his sister, 58, who was in a vegetative state, LA Police said Wednesday.

The man, whose name wasn’t available, is alleged to have killed his wife in Santa Clarita before traveling to a Los Angeles nursing home where he killed his sister — who had been in a vegetative state for five years following a heart attack — with one shot to the head, the Los Angeles Times reports.  Authorities say he then put down his gun and waited for the police to arrive.

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Prosecutors Won’t Charge Zimmerman in Domestic Abuse 1


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Florida officials said Wednesday they will not prosecute George Zimmerman on domestic violence charges related to a Nov. 18 incident, a day after his girlfriend changed her story and released a statement saying, “I want to be with George.”

Zimmerman, who was acquitted earlier this year in the high-profile shooting death of Trayvon Martin, was arrested Nov. 18 after girlfriend Samantha Schiebe frantically called 911 on Nov. 18 and said he was “breaking all my stuff” and had a gun. He faced charges of aggravated assault, battery and criminal mischief, with a maximum of five years in prison.

On Wednesday State Attorney Phil Archer in Seminole County said prosecution was unlikely because of Schiebe’s decision not to cooperate and the lack of corroborating evidence, the Associated Press reports.

A day earlier Schiebe released a statement saying she does not want to press charges against Zimmerman.

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Report: Asiana Crash Victim Was Run Over Twice


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Time magazine has named Pope Francis its Person of the Year.

Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina is known as a humble man, a capable administrator and — as expected of a new Pope — a man of great faith.

He is also a man of many firsts: the first non-European Pope in the modern era; the first pontiff from South America; and the first Jesuit to be elected head of the Roman Catholic Church.

In his first public act, the new Pope broke with tradition by asking the estimated 150,000 people packed into St. Peter’s Square to pray for him, rather than bless the crowd first.

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Yes, People Still Want to Go to Disneyland


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“The happiest place on Earth” is still Disneyland — at least if measured by Facebook’s most checked-in locations this year.

Disneyland locations in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Paris and California were among the 25 most popular spots Facebook users posted check-ins from in 2013. Facebook’s year in review looked at the top 25 single-most checked in spots, but did not rank them in order.

Tourist attractions like Barcelona’s Las Ramblas and the Piazza San Marco in Venice also made the cut, but surprisingly, Reeperbahn in Hamburg’s red light district bested Berlin’s Checkpoint Charlie and the Brandenburg Gate. London’s O2 concert hall also trumped Buckingham Palace despite the Royal family’s welcoming of Prince George earlier this year.

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Report: Younger Women Nearing Pay Equality With Men


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Younger women in America are nearing long-sought parity with men when it comes to pay in the workplace, but they still believe more needs to be done to reach that goal, and how parenthood will change their earning power remains an open question.

Those are the findings of a new Pew survey out Wednesday focusing on so-called millennial women, those born after 1980. Three-quarters of those women believe the U.S. needs to do more to achieve gender equality in the workplace, even Pew’s research shows them to be the first generation in American history to “start their work lives at near parity with men.”

Despite the gains that young women have made — both in educational attainment and labor force participation — compared to past generations, millennial women believe, as their mothers and grandmothers do, that “this is a man’s world,” according to the survey.

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“THE WOMEN WHO SOLD THEIR DAUGHTERS INTO SEXUAL SLAVERY”


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When a poor family in Cambodia fell afoul of loan sharks,

the mother asked her youngest daughter to take a job.

But not just any job.

The girl, Kieu, was taken to a hospital and examined by a doctor,

who issued her a “certificate of virginity.”

She was then delivered to a hotel, where a man raped her for two days.

Kieu was 12 years old.

“I did not know what the job was,” says Kieu, now 14 and living in a safehouse. She says she returned home from the experience “very heartbroken.” But her ordeal was not over.

After the sale of her virginity, her mother had Kieu taken to a brothel where, she says, “they held me like I was in prison.”

She was kept there for three days, raped by three to six men a day. When she returned home, her mother sent her away for stints in two other brothels, including one 400 kilometers away on the Thai border. When she learned her mother was planned to sell her again, this time for a six-month stretch, she realized she needed to flee her home.

“Selling my daughter was heartbreaking, but what can I say?” says Kieu’s mother, Neoung, in an interview with a CNN crew that travelled to Phnom Penh to hear her story.

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ISAIAH 7:14

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

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