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Armed Forces Day: Liverpool leads events across country

BBC - Fri, 2017-06-23 19:48
The event is billed as a chance to show support for those connected with the UK military.

China landslide leaves 100 missing in Sichuan

BBC - Fri, 2017-06-23 18:34
A rescue operation is under way after about 40 homes were destroyed in Sichuan province.

Newspaper headlines: Armed police, flat evacuations and Brexit

BBC - Fri, 2017-06-23 17:57
The Grenfell Tower blaze continues to dominate the front pages.

Hill figures: The stories behind the scars on England's skin

BBC - Fri, 2017-06-23 17:01
From pagan worship to homesick soldiers, what is the story behind England's hill figures?

Passions flare as Turkey excludes evolution from textbooks

BBC - Fri, 2017-06-23 16:57
The "controversial" theory is too complex for schoolchildren, an education official says.

George Formby's banjo ukulele for sale at auction

BBC - Fri, 2017-06-23 16:52
George Formby would entertain troops in World War Two.

Reality Check: How many people are affected by May's offer?

BBC - Fri, 2017-06-23 16:47
Theresa May offers to protect EU nationals in the UK if UK nationals are protected in Europe.

Glastonbury quiz: Test your knowledge

BBC - Fri, 2017-06-23 16:45
Glastonbury quiz: How much do you know?

'I kept my daughter's body at home for three weeks'

BBC - Fri, 2017-06-23 16:37
When her daughter died, Gilli Davidson wanted to keep her at home - the funeral director made that possible.

North Carolina Televangelist Indicted On Charges Of Tax Crimes

NPR News - Fri, 2017-06-23 16:21

The televangelist and author of books on faith and finances has allegedly carried out various forms of tax fraud for more than a decade, according to a grand jury's indictment.

Teenage, gay and Northern Irish

BBC - Fri, 2017-06-23 15:59
Two teenagers share their experience of growing up gay in Northern Ireland.

Week in pictures: 17-23 June 2017

BBC - Fri, 2017-06-23 15:58
A selection of the best news photographs from around the world, taken over the past week.

The online groups of men who avoid masturbation

BBC - Fri, 2017-06-23 15:37
Their motivations vary, but a growing number of men are gathering online in communities devoted to abstinence from masturbation.

Illinois Bishop Decrees No Communion, Funeral Rites For Same-Sex Spouses

NPR News - Fri, 2017-06-23 15:36

Bishop Thomas Paprocki is telling priests in his diocese not to offer sacraments to people in same-sex marriages. A Catholic LGBT group calls the decree "mean-spirited and unchristian in the extreme."

(Image credit: Seth Perlman/AP)

Lake Chad: The faces of the world's 'silent emergency'

BBC - Fri, 2017-06-23 15:29
Award-winning photographer Chris de Bode describes the desperation of people living in northern Cameroon.

Camden flats: Confusion as evacuation begins

BBC - Fri, 2017-06-23 15:24
Residents complain about lack of communication from Camden Council as five tower blocks are evacuated.

A former coal miner's take on the declining industry

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2017-06-23 15:12
It's been hard to escape the narrative of the coal miner over the last year. President Trump talks a lot about putting coal miners back to work, and he's rolled back Obama-era regulations aimed at doing just that.But setting narratives aside, the numbers show coal is declining. Natural gas is cheaper to use to make electricity. And many of the people who have done this work don't see much of a future for themselves in coal.Gary Bentley is one of those people. He was born and raised in the small coal mining town of Whitesburg, Kentucky. Straight out of high school, he went underground into the Appalachian coal mines."My original plans were not to work underground, it was to go to college," said Bentley, who's written a series of articles about coal mining called "In the Black." "I actually wanted to work in education. But then, of course, being 18 or 19 years old and earning $70,000 a year, I kind of got suckered into the industry and ended up staying."Related Counting up American coal jobs: What's the real total? Kentucky coal country hangs on to Trump's promise Bentley said there are other reasons people choose to work as coal miners. He worked with someone who used to be a college professor, for example, who realized he would make better money and be closer to his family by working in the mines."It's not always about either not being able to do something else or not knowing how to, it's about being close to family. And when [mining's] the only option you have, that's what you do."There are about 51,000 coal mining jobs left in the U.S.; in 1985, there were 178,000. But in regions like eastern Kentucky, there's a real lack of viable alternatives that pay living wages. Bentley said that nonetheless, the way you hear politicians talk about mining, you'd think it was the biggest industry in the region.[[{"fid":"311916","view_mode":"default","fields":{"format":"default","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"","field_description[und][0][value]":"","field_description[und][0][format]":"full_html","field_byline_text[und][0][value]":"Courtesy of Gary Bentley","field_migration_notes[und][0][value]":""},"type":"media","attributes":{"height":543,"width":760,"class":"media-element file-default"}}]]"In 2008, which would have been one of the biggest booms of my mining career as far as the industry itself, coal only made up 4 percent of Kentucky's economy. If you look at the way politics are played around the industry, you'd think that it as the majority of the state's economy. So I do think politicians either romanticize or blow things out of proportion for their own means, because an industry that's only 4 percent of a state's economy shouldn't play as large of a role in the state's politics."Bentley lost his job in 2013 after 12 years of underground coal mining. He said he chased other mining jobs around Kentucky, but realized the decline in the industry was going to make that more and more difficult.And ultimately, changes in the energy market were to blame."You've got to look at the price of natural gas, which I think was one of the biggest heavy hitters in the change in the industry ... the fact that solar, wind and hydro is now a more affordable option for energy compared to coal."Bentley also said the export market for U.S. coal is disappearing, with other countries like China and Australia extracting their own coal."It's all about profit margin and how to make an extra dollar."Bentley said the way to get former miners to continue to make their own dollars is to give them new economic opportunities, not to try to resuscitate the coal industry.

Arkansas Tries To Stop An Epidemic Of Herbicide Damage

NPR News - Fri, 2017-06-23 14:09

A weedkiller called dicamba, which farmers hoped could banish herbicide-resistant weeds, has become a plague itself in Arkansas. The state's regulators just voted to ban it for 120 days.

(Image credit: Courtesy of the University of Arkansas)

Weekly Wrap: What the GOP's health care plan means for low-income earners

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2017-06-23 14:00
Rachel Abrams from The New York Times and Sheelah Kolhatkar from The New Yorker join us to discuss the week's business and economic news. Now that Senate Republicans have unveiled their health care plan, a bill drafted in secret, we look at the potential impact it will have on low-income earners and how it could redistribute wealth to the rich.

Saudis 'foil suicide attack' on Mecca's Grand Mosque

BBC - Fri, 2017-06-23 13:50
Officials say a suicide bomber blew himself up when security forces surrounded the house he was in.