This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 8 Beth Roper had already sold her husband Doug's boat and his pickup truck. Her daughter sends $500 a month or more. But it was nowhere near enough to pay the $5,950-a-month bill at Doug's assisted-living facility. So last year, Roper, 65, abandoned her own plans to retire. To the public school librarian from Poquoson, Va., it feels like a betrayal of a social contract. Doug Roper, a longtime high school history teacher and wrestling coach, has a pension and Social Security. The Ropers own a home; they have savings. Yet the expense of Doug's residential Alzheimer's care poses a grave threat to their middle-class nest egg. At nearly $72,000, a year in assisted living for Doug, 67, costs more than her $64,000 annual salary. "It's devastating," she said. "You can't wrap your head around it." A wave of Americans has been reaching retirement age largely … [Read more...] about Senior care is crushingly expensive. Boomers aren’t ready.
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Why seniors are blocking entrances to the four largest U.S. banks
When customers of America's four largest banks visit their local branches on Tuesday, they will be greeted by an unfamiliar sight: activists in rocking chairs blocking the entrances. It's part of a national campaign to pressure banks to stop financing fossil fuels and heed warnings from leading scientists about the need to rapidly phase out oil, gas and coal to avert the worst effects of climate change. The rocking chairs are the brainchild of Third Act, a group that seeks to engage Americans 60 and older - those in their "third act" of life - in environmental activism. But the demonstrations are expected to draw attendees of all ages in about 100 cities across 29 states, according to the 53 groups organizing the events. The protests add to the mounting environmental pressures on Wall Street from politicians of both parties. Liberal lawmakers have pleaded with large financial institutions to cut ties with the fossil fuel industry, while conservatives have attacked what they … [Read more...] about Why seniors are blocking entrances to the four largest U.S. banks
The children of troops lost to Iraq War are all grown up
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 12 TUBA CITY, Ariz. - Brandon Whiterock stared at his mother's grave, a collection of incongruous stones carefully configured above the ruddy, dusty desert soil, and contemplated all that had changed since her second burial. Twenty years ago, in March 2003, Lori Piestewa, a U.S. soldier, was listed as missing in action during the hellish and confused early hours of America's war in Iraq. Her convoy was ambushed, leading to the capture and eventual deaths of several troops, Piestewa among them. As her family would learn, the 23-year-old was fatally wounded in a frantic race to help others flee the kill zone, and her remains were crudely buried outside of an Iraqi hospital. U.S. personnel were dispatched later to recover the captives and remains, including Piestewa's body. Anguish washed over the Hopi tribal community in Arizona, … [Read more...] about The children of troops lost to Iraq War are all grown up
Japan’s leader in Kyiv to back Ukraine as China’s Xi visits Russia
TOKYO - Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has arrived in Kyiv to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, becoming the first post-war Japanese leader to visit an active war zone and the final leader of the Group of Seven advanced nations to make the trek to Ukraine's capital to show support. Kishida's arrival, as reported by Japanese news outlets NHK and Kyodo, comes as Chinese leader Xi Jinping holds meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin. It is Xi's first visit to Russia since the invasion of Ukraine. On Tuesday, in another show of support for Moscow as a war crimes arrest warrant increasingly isolates the Russian leader, Xi also invited Putin to China for a visit. Kishida was expected to meet with Zelensky on Tuesday and express Japan's "solidarity and unwavering support for Ukraine," the Japanese Foreign Ministry said in a statement. As chair of the G-7 this year, Kishida will convey his respect for Ukrainians in "standing up to defend their homeland" … [Read more...] about Japan’s leader in Kyiv to back Ukraine as China’s Xi visits Russia
A deadly fungal infection is spreading in hospitals. Here’s what to know.
A deadly fungal infection is spreading at "an alarming rate" inside health facilities and long-term-care hospitals across the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday. Here's what to know about the highly drug-resistant fungus - a strain of a kind of yeast known as Candida auris (or C. auris for short) that the CDC says "presents a serious global health threat." While healthy people are not likely to contract the infection, those with lower immunity and people living in nursing homes are more likely to fall sick and be unable to fight the infection, and the outcome can be fatal. - - - What is Candida auris? Candida is a family of yeasts that can be found on the skin and inside the body. Usually, the fungus lives in areas such as the mouth, throat, gut and vagina, without causing health problems. Common types of Candida include "Candida albicans," which causes the yeast infection thrush. Sometimes, however, certain types of Candida can … [Read more...] about A deadly fungal infection is spreading in hospitals. Here’s what to know.
Biden to protect a half-million acres in Texas and Nevada
President Biden on Tuesday will designate two new national monuments, putting nearly 514,000 acres off-limits to development as part of his pledge to protect a third of America's lands and waters by 2030. The president will sign proclamations to protect Castner Range, a former military training and testing site in El Paso, and more than 500,000 acres around Avi Kwa Ame (ah-VEE-kwah-may), a sacred tribal site in southern Nevada, according to a White House official. The aide spoke on the condition of anonymity because the announcement was not yet public. The Washington Post reported in November that Biden would safeguard the vast expanse in Nevada using his authority under the 1906 Antiquities Act. It will rank as the largest protected area of Biden's presidency. The moves reflect the administration's efforts to protect wildlife while slashing planet-warming emissions by preventing mining and oil drilling on public lands. They follow a flurry of conservation announcements from … [Read more...] about Biden to protect a half-million acres in Texas and Nevada
After political fury, Newsmax will return to DirecTV
Satellite broadcaster DirecTV agreed to restore the conservative channel Newsmax to its lineup, ending a dispute between the two parties that became political fodder in Washington. DirecTV dropped Newsmax in January over what the broadcast company described as strictly a business matter - disagreement over Newsmax's demand that it receive fees for being aired by DirecTV, as other channels typically are. But the issue quickly became political; several dozen House Republicans signed a letter suggesting that DirecTV was shutting down a conservative voice and demanded that it be restored. Some Republicans who rely on Newsmax for interviews and favorable television exposure called for the House to investigate the channel's "deplatforming" by DirecTV and alleged censoring of conservative voices. DirecTV dropped another right-wing channel, One America News, in 2022, citing low ratings. Based in El Segundo, Calif., DirectTV said Wednesday that it has reached "a mutually beneficial … [Read more...] about After political fury, Newsmax will return to DirecTV
GOP 2024 hopefuls grapple with how to take on Trump
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 5 For months, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis - an expected 2024 Republican presidential candidate - did his best to ignore former president Donald Trump, a declared 2024 Republican candidate. Then, on Monday, DeSantis pitter-pattered up to a sly and winking condemnation, supporting Trump by attacking Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg - who is closing in on a possible indictment of the former president - while also using the moment to note that allegations about "paying hush money to a porn star" are at the center of the investigation. And finally - faced with an onslaught of attacks and provocations from Trump and his allies - DeSantis got more direct in an interview with Piers Morgan set to air Thursday on Fox Nation. DeSantis implicitly criticized Trump's chaotic and ego-driven management style ("The way we run the government, I think, is no daily drama"), touted his … [Read more...] about GOP 2024 hopefuls grapple with how to take on Trump
Size discrimination may limit job prospects. New York City may ban it.
When Kimmie Singh started her rotations as a dietitian-in-training, she knew her schooling, grades and references wouldn't be a problem to land the best opportunities. But her weight would be. She said her body size drew contention throughout graduate school: Mentors warned her that securing work experience may be difficult. She would sign up to volunteer, but would never receive calls back after showing up in person. When she was placed in a hospital to gain clinical experience, supervisors looked "taken aback" after meeting her, she told The Washington Post. And the people she worked with would openly ridicule anyone with a higher weight, she added. New York City, where Singh lives, is trying to change this, and lawmakers and advocates hope their efforts will inspire other cities and states to do the same. The New York City Council is poised to pass legislation that would prohibit discrimination based on height and weight in the workplace, housing and public accommodations. … [Read more...] about Size discrimination may limit job prospects. New York City may ban it.