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Water bills to fall 2% in next year

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-03 00:44
Water customers in England and Wales will see their bills fall by an average of 2% - or £9 - over the coming year, the industry has announced.

Labour rejects fresh City criticism

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-03 00:27
Labour rejects fresh criticism from senior business figures, including ex-M&S boss Lord Rose, suggesting attacks on its policies are politically motivated.

Super Bowl sets US TV ratings record

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-03 00:13
An estimated average of 114.4 million people watched Sunday's Super Bowl in the US on NBC, according to initial figures.

Why Syriza wants a five-month cool-off

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-03 00:11
The Greek finance minister told me how he with his "left-wing heart" is making common cause with hedge fund managers and bankers

No confidence vote over 47% pay rise

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-02 23:59
A vote of no confidence is adopted by a lecturers' union in a college governing body after it approved a 46% pay for its principal.

With Oil Prices So Low, What's That Fuel Surcharge For, Exactly?

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-02 23:59

Many transportation and delivery companies began adding fuel surcharges when oil prices shot up a few years ago. Now, the cost of oil has plunged — but many of those fuel fees still linger.

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A Boy Who Had Cancer Faces Measles Risk From The Unvaccinated

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-02 23:57

The father of a young child who had leukemia has a plea for other parents: Please vaccinate your children because people with compromised immune systems, including his son, can't be vaccinated.

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The Oscar Nominees Are In; The Shanghai DVD Sellers Are Stocking Up

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-02 23:56

The Academy Awards are coming this month and if you're still trying to see all the nominated films, it may be easier to find them in China than the U.S. As long as you don't mind the pirated version.

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Would FCC Plan Harm Telecom Investment? Even Industry Opinion Is Mixed

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-02 23:55

The Federal Communications Commission will decide this month whether the Internet should be regulated as a public utility. In speeches, CEOs alternately have predicted a chilling effect or no impact.

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New Fidel Castro pictures released

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-02 23:23
A series of photographs showing Cuban ex-President Fidel Castro are published in Cuban state media following speculation about his health.

Journalist gives up Egypt passport

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-02 23:20
Al-Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fahmy renounces his Egyptian citizenship to secure his release from jail after the deportation of Peter Greste.

Santander profits up on branch focus

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-02 23:17
The eurozone's largest bank, Santander, reports a 32% jump in annual pre-tax profits and says it will continue to focus on retail banking in 2015.

Lower oil price hits BP profits

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-02 23:05
BP reports a fall in underlying profits and says it will reduce spending on exploration because of lower oil prices.

VIDEO: The Balkans genocide cases explained

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-02 23:00
Judges at the highest court of the United Nations are ruling on genocide cases between Croatia and Serbia.

Tuesday's gossip column

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-02 22:58
Levy intervenes to block Adebayor move, Lambert turns down a transfer to Villa, Coutinho agrees new Reds deal, plus more

Slaughterhouse animal 'abuse' probed

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-02 22:54
Four men at a North Yorkshire slaughterhouse have their operating licences suspended after hidden cameras film alleged mistreatment of animals.

Ronaldo worth at least £300m - agent

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-02 22:52
Cristiano Ronaldo would sell for at least £300m if Real Madrid decided to let him go, according to the player's agent.

VIDEO: People have 'wrong idea' about agents

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-02 22:49
In an interview with the BBC's sports editor Dan Roan, Portuguese football agent Jorge Mendes defends the amount of money in the game.

Oyelowo: TV 'ignoring' black actors

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-02 22:40
Selma star David Oyelowo says British period dramas are failing to cast black actors.

Screen time 'harms teenagers' sleep'

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-02 22:38
The longer a teenager spends using electronic devices such as tablets and smartphones, the worse their sleep will be, a study suggests.