Nation & World

November 19, 2007

Cost of elder care rising, poll shows

The out-of-pocket cost of caring for an aging parent or spouse averages about $5,500 a year, according to the nation's first in-depth study of such expenses, a sum that is more than double previous estimates and more than the average American household spends annually on health care and entertainment combined. The average cost of providing long-distance care is $8,728 a year. These caregivers spend on average 10 percent of their household income. These findings and others, to be released today, come from a telephone survey of 1,000 adults caring for someone over age 50. The survey was conducted by the National Alliance for Caregiving and Evercare, a division of the UnitedHealth Group.

Jesuits settle Alaska abuse suit

ANCHORAGE, Alaska --A Roman Catholic religious order has agreed to pay $50 million to 110 Alaska Natives who allege sexual abuse by Jesuit priests, a lawyer for the accusers said yesterday. The settlement with the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus is the largest one yet against a Catholic religious order, said Anchorage lawyer Ken Roosa, who called it "a great day" for the plaintiffs. The settlement does not require the order to admit fault, Roosa said. None of the priests was ever criminally charged. The abuse allegations involved 13 or 14 clerics and spanned the period 1961 to 1987, Roosa said. The alleged victims ranged in age from 5 to teenagers.

Ex-rebel leading in Kosovo election

PRISTINA, Serbia --A former rebel leader who says he will declare independence from Serbia next month is likely to become Kosovo's next prime minister, but he will have to strike a deal with a rival party after failing to win a majority, officials said yesterday. Unofficial vote tallies from Saturday's parliamentary elections in the province gave ex-rebel Hashim Thaci's Democratic Party of Kosovo the lead with 34 percent of the vote. The League of Democratic Kosovo, or LDK trailed with 22 percent.

Marylander among '08 Rhodes scholars

CHICAGO --A translator for Guantanamo Bay detainees, a boxer from the Bronx and an ultimate Frisbee player were among 32 Americans selected as Rhodes scholars for 2008, the scholarship trust announced yesterday. Winners were chosen in a tough selection process from among 764 applicants for the coveted, more than century-old scholarships. The scholarships provide two or three years of study at Oxford University in England. Winners from Maryland, or who attend or graduated from universities in the state were Melis N. Anahtar of Bethesda (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and John Blaine Moore of Cordova, Tenn. (U.S. Naval Academy).

French workers continue rail strike

PARIS --Exasperated French commuters braced for a sixth day of snarled traffic and no train service today after transportation unions voted yesterday to press on with their strike against the government's effort to change some early retirement benefits. In an attempt to end the stalemate, the CGT union said strikers would meet with the management of the state railroad operator, SNCF, on Wednesday. More strikes are expected tomorrow.

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