Mongolia, the land of Genghis Khan and nomadic herders, is in the midst of a remarkable transition. Rich in coal, gold and copper, this country of fewer than 3 million people in Central Asia is riding a mineral boom that is expected to more than double its GDP within a decade. The rapid changes simultaneously excite and unnerve many Mongolians, who hope mining can help pull many out of poverty, but worry it will ravage the environment and further erode the nation's distinctive, nomadic identity.
Frank Christian takes a break from packing in the dining room of his home in Glen Allen, Va., which he co-owned with his mother. The family recently sold the home in order to free up money for Ida's care.
Jonathan plays Ida's piano, which he says she won in a raffle in 1976. Jonathan remembers Ida playing hymns and folk-type music. "I grew up with Ida," he says. "I used to drive her to church every Sunday. She was always laughing."
Frank takes a break from packing in the family's dining room. He says the new homeowner bought their house because of the downstairs en suite bedroom and bathroom. "She is a single mom and will be taking care of her parents," he says.
Frank Christian asks his mother, Ida, if she recognizes his daughter, Shannon. Ida lived with Frank's family in Virginia from 2001 to 2009. After being diagnosed with dementia, Ida moved in with Frank's sister Geneva, who lives in Maryland.
Making the decision to move a parent out of the homestead can hurt.
The house may be full of good ghosts and happy memories. But it also has too many steps and too much lawn to mow. So the time comes to pack up and move on.
A decade ago, at least one part of that transition wasn't so tough. When the for-sale sign went up, an eager buyer was likely to show up with a good offer. But today, families are facing a much more difficult real estate environment.
Low-income adults in Utah without children will soon find their food stamp benefits being cut short as the state moves back to pre-recession policies.
Bill Tibbits, Associate Director of Crossroads Urban Center, says it's disappointing that the Department of Workforce Services, which works closely with low-income Utahns is penalizing food-stamp recipients for not being able to find work.
“It's hard for ordinary people to find work. For people who are at the bottom of the employability scale it's as bad as it's ever been.”
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A federal task force has concluded that men over 50 don't need a regular blood test for prostate cancer. Millions of men get the test every year. The task force says too many unnecessary treatments are being performed because of the test.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that that a Florida man's children, conceived after his death through in vitro fertilization, are not entitled to Social Security survivors benefits. More than 100 similar cases are pending before the Social Security Administration, but Monday's ruling is unlikely to resolve most of them.