Tuesday, July 29 2014 8:11 AM EDT2014-07-29 12:11:59 GMT
Two people are dead this morning after a man shot and killed his wife and another man, and then turned the gun on himself. According to Grant County Sheriff Chuck Dills, Shaun Hiles of Dry Ridge wasFull Story >
Two people are dead this morning after a man shot and killed his wife and another man, and then turned the gun on himself.Full Story >
Tuesday, July 29 2014 4:09 AM EDT2014-07-29 08:09:58 GMT
BY: Megan O'Rourke This summer's abnormal weather created near perfect growing conditions for farm crops which could mean lower prices for shoppers. Projected high corn yields, called bumper crops, couldFull Story >
This summer's abnormal weather created near perfect growing conditions for farm crops which could mean lower prices for shoppers.Full Story >
Tuesday, July 29 2014 8:29 AM EDT2014-07-29 12:29:44 GMT
European Union ambassadors are meeting to discuss a dramatic toughening of the trade bloc's sanctions against Russia.Full Story >
The United States and the European Union, finally in synch on how to deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin, are preparing a powerful one-two punch against Russia's economy, with EU ambassadors meeting on Tuesday...Full Story >
Tuesday, July 29 2014 8:16 AM EDT2014-07-29 12:16:23 GMT
China's Communist Party says it has launched an investigation into a former domestic security chief who was once among the country's most feared leaders.Full Story >
China's ruling Communist Party announced an investigation into a feared ex-security chief on Tuesday, demonstrating President Xi Jinping's grip on power and breaking a longstanding taboo against publicly targeting...Full Story >
(RNN) - Elderly people in Japan shoplift more than teenagers and have become the country's most prolific shoplifters. According to experts, many of them steal because they're lonely.
A report released by the Tokyo Metropolitan Police found that 3,321 people aged 65 or older were arrested on suspicion of shoplifting in 2012, reported the Japan Daily Press. The number accounted for 24.5 percent of the total number of shoplifting arrests.
In contrast, the elderly's teenage counterparts accounted for 23.6 percent of shoplifting arrests.
Poverty is a predominant reason for shoplifting, with some people unable to live off their pension, if they have one. But experts also point to social reasons for the increase in petty theft.
"Senior citizens shoplift lunch boxes and bread out of poverty, and they also steal because they are lonely and isolated," said Yusuke Ishikawa, a special assistant to the director of the supervision division at the Ministry of Justice, in an interview with the Vancouver Sun.
"Loneliness and frugality play a major role. In the old days, someone used to talk to them when they shopped downtown, but now they only have big stores nearby and nobody talks to them. I think they get kind of frustrated and do it when they lose interaction in the neighborhood."
Another reason for the increase in elderly shoplifting is that once workers retire at the age of 65, they feel unwanted, according to Koh Fukui, an executive officer at the National Shoplifting Prevention Organization.
"Many worked tirelessly through Japan's boom years, and when they hit 60 or 65, they realized they were no longer needed. That's what's happening in Japan," Fukui told the Sun.
Elderly people in prison means more costs. In the United States, elderly prisoners cost $66,000 per year – about twice as much as younger prisoners. In Japan, statistics weren't available to determine the exact cost of elderly prisoners, but the Sun reported the government spent more than $83 million to renovate prisons to accommodate the elderly with elevators, handrails and ramps.
But it's not just shoplifting that is the reason for the increase in Japan's elderly prison population. Japan has the highest life expectancy in the world, at 83 years, and is now the world's oldest country.
Monday, July 28 2014 6:12 PM EDT2014-07-28 22:12:32 GMT
Damage was reported in several areas of Highland County Sunday night after a strong storm went through the area. According to the National Weather Service, numerous trees and power lines were blown downFull Story >
Damage was reported in several areas of Highland County Sunday night after a strong storm went through the area.Full Story >