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Record £12m penalty for energy firm

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 05:04
Energy giant E.On is to pay out £12m to its customers following an investigation into mis-selling by the industry regulator.

Seagull swoop injury claim rejected

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 05:04
A woman who claimed she was hurt by a swooping seagull loses her legal bid for £7,000 damages.

Why do people want to ban 'microbeads'?

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 04:56
Why do some people want to ban 'microbeads' in beauty products?

VIDEO: MPs highlight Police Fed 'bullies'

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 04:53
A culture of bullying and evidence of "sustained abuse" is endemic at the top of the organisation that represents police officers in England and Wales, according to MPs.

UN warns on Ukraine human rights

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 04:44
The UN warns of an "alarming deterioration" in the human rights situation in eastern Ukraine where pro-Russian separatists are battling security forces.

When it comes to benefits, the poorest get less

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-05-16 04:37

A new study finds a surprising pattern as to the way benefits to the poor are given out in America – the very poorest are receiving less. Johns Hopkins economics professor Robert Moffitt, who crunched welfare numbers over several decades, joins Marketplace’s Mark Garrison to explain. Click on the audio player above to hear more.

Why do girls drop physics post-GCSE?

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 04:36
A research project into why girls drop physics after GCSE, involving 20 schools, is announced by the Institute of Physics.

India opposition heads for landslide

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 04:32
The opposition BJP's predicted landslide win in the Indian election is a "people's victory" that will "start a new era" the party's president says.

Russian Rocket Fails After Launch, Breaking Up Over China

NPR News - Fri, 2014-05-16 04:32

With an expensive communication satellite as its payload, a Russian Proton-M rocket broke apart during its third stage last night. The unmanned rocket failed at an altitude of 100 miles.

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European car sales rise 4.6% in April

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 04:27
Sales of new cars in the Europe Union (EU) have risen 4.6% in April compared to the same month a year earlier figures show.

Flag protest appeal fast-tracked

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 04:22
Chief Constable Matt Baggott's appeal against a ruling that police wrongly facilitated illegal loyalist flag protest marches is to be fast-tracked.

Lawro's predictions: FA Cup final special

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 04:17
Celebrities predict who will lift the FA Cup

VIDEO: Four years on: Where is Chilcot report?

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 04:11
In 2009, an inquiry was set up in to the invasion of Iraq but five years on, its findings have still to be published.

Health insurers pull back the curtain on pricing

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-05-16 04:00

A website launching early next year might help you decide whether you can afford to swap out your bum knee. A group called the Health Care Cost Institute will publish information on the price and quality of medical services, courtesy of data from insurance giants UnitedHealth Group, Aetna, and Humana.

"The ideal scenario is that it almost gives you an active stock ticker of what conditions are moving in what direction and their cost," says Steve Parente, the governing chair of the Health Care Cost Institute and a professor of health finance and insurance at the University of Minnesota.

Parente says price information is more critical to consumers than ever as out of of pocket medical costs continue to soar.

If consumers, armed with price information, decide to avoid excessively costly procedures, that helps insurers, too; they can hold down costs more easily.

"It's really a way, at the highest level, to create a more efficient system with an informed consumer at the center of it," Tom Beauregard, an executive vice president of UnitedHealth Group, says of the Health Care Cost Insitute's forthcoming website.

Nicholas Bagley, assistant professor of law at the University of Michigan Law School, says consumers don't necessarily act any differently when offered publicly available information about the quality of health care providers.

"But it's possible, given the new high-deductible environment for health insurance," he says, "that they'll pay more attention to price information."

VIDEO: Stuart Hall cleared of rape charges

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 03:57
Former BBC broadcaster Stuart Hall has been cleared of raping two young girls.

Day in pictures: 16 May 2014

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 03:56
News photos from past 24 hours: 16 May

Messi agrees new Barcelona contract

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 03:55
Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi agrees a new contract at the Nou Camp.

Narendra Modi: From Humble Start To India's Likely Prime Minister

NPR News - Fri, 2014-05-16 03:55

In a country known for political dynasties, Modi's rise has been stunning. He's praised for making his Gujarat state an economic powerhouse, but religious riots there in 2002 leave some uneasy.

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Why India's Modi faces daunting task

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 03:48
Why India's Narendra Modi faces daunting task

Iraq inquiry delay 'very serious'

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-16 03:30
Delays to the publication of the Iraq official inquiry have become "very serious", the head of an influential Commons committee warns.
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