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Trump Wants To Defund Programs That Help Small Farmers Survive

When Marshall Bartlett describes Como — the northern Mississippi town of 1,200 where he lives and operates a farm that’s been in his family for 150 years — he says the statistics speak for themselves. Among the Panola County town’s residents, 35 percent report income below the poverty line, far exceeding the statewide poverty rate — which itself has been cited as the highest in the nation. And the county’s

Uber CEO Kalanick’s mother dies in boat accident

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Travis Kalanick’s father remains in a serious condition The mother of car hire company Uber’s co-founder Travis Kalanick has died in a boating accident in California. Mr Kalanick’s parents Bonnie and Donald were out on a lake in Fresno when their boat sank on Friday. Mrs Kalanick, 71, and her husband were found on the shore of Pine Flat Lake by the emergency services. Fresno

Burger King ad angers real-life Belgian royal family

Image copyright Getty/ Reuters Image caption Representatives of the man on the right were not amused Belgium’s royal family says it has contacted the fast food chain Burger King over an ad that invites people to choose between the country’s King Philippe and the company’s mascot. The ad, on whoistheking.be, asks those who choose Philippe: “Are you sure? He won’t be the one to cook your fries.” A spokesman said

BA aims to resume most UK flights after IT failure

Image copyright Reuters British Airways says it is aiming to run a “near normal schedule” at Gatwick and the “majority of services” from Heathrow on Sunday after a “major” IT failure saw all flights cancelled. Serious problems with BA’s systems led to thousands of passengers having their plans disrupted on Saturday. Passengers described “chaotic” scenes at the airports, with some criticising BA for a lack of information. The airline apologised

‘I panic every month as I can’t afford my rent’

Image caption Nadine Masseron has two jobs but it’s still not enough to pay her rent “Every year the estate agent tries to put up the rent by £50 a month. Every year I go through that, begging, pleading, ‘please don’t’.” But even at its present level, Nadine Masseron – a single mother from Wokingham in Berkshire – cannot afford to pay her rent. To make ends meet, she borrows

Doing The Right Thing Shouldn’t Be This Remarkable

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu stood up last week and delivered a moving, bracingly honest speech to explain why he removed four Confederate monuments from his city. “You elected me to do the right thing, and this is what it looks like,” Landrieu told the crowd gathered at New Orleans’ former city hall. “These monuments purposefully celebrate a fictional, sanitized Confederacy, ignoring the death, ignoring the enslavement and the terror that

The British (pitch) invasion

Image copyright Hulton Archive/Getty Images Image caption England celebrate winning the 1966 World Cup final against West Germany The World Cup, the British Invasion, the Summer of Love, imported teams – and a bunch of US businessmen looking to make a buck – created a gleaming vision for professional football in 1960s America… only for it to quickly end in tears. When Geoff Hurst smashed his third goal into the

The fishing port where the catch is soaring house prices

Image copyright Getty Images Previously known as the biggest shellfish port in Europe, the port of Fraserburgh in north-east Scotland now has another claim to fame. Over the last decade, house prices here have risen faster than any other seaside town in Britain. According to the Halifax, prices have nearly doubled, from an average of £70,000 in 2006, to £137,000 in 2016. Over the period, many parts of Aberdeenshire saw

We Pay Low Prices For Chinese Food Because Of Racial Biases About ‘Cheap’ Labor

You may not think it, but there’s a direct relationship between plunging your chopsticks into that white, quart-sized box of cheaply priced Chinese food — and a laborer diligently driving a spike to lay the railroad tracks that became the gateway to the American West.  May, which is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, marks the anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. It was largely built by Chinese immigrants

UK achieves solar power record as temperatures soar

Image copyright Getty Images A record amount of solar power was generated on Friday as Britain basked in sunshine and temperatures of up to 28C, the National Grid has said. It said 8.7 gigawatts (GW) had been generated at lunchtime, representing 24.3% of total generation across the UK. The level tops the previous record of 8.48GW set on 10 May. Duncan Burt, head of control room operations at National Grid,