National / International News

Friends' fight for murdered girl

BBC - Thu, 2014-12-11 03:54
Friends of 1993 murder victim Claire Titman see killer jailed

Debunking Vaccine Myths Can Have A Surprising Effect

NPR News - Thu, 2014-12-11 03:37

People concerned about potential flu vaccine side effects may be less likely to get the shot after learning that their worries are misplaced than they were to start with.

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Church admits failing abuse victims

BBC - Thu, 2014-12-11 03:36
The Catholic Church admits that some children in its care were "tragically and catastrophically" failed and offers an apology at the Historical Institutional Abuse inquiry.

NHS Winter 2014-15: Weekly A&E tracker

BBC - Thu, 2014-12-11 03:36
See how your nearest A&E unit is coping with winter pressures

Pupil trips up education secretary

BBC - Thu, 2014-12-11 03:35
Education Secretary Nicky Morgan is wrong-footed by a 10-year-old interviewer armed with a secondary school maths question.

Kinloss rescue centre to close

BBC - Thu, 2014-12-11 03:34
The aeronautical rescue co-ordination centre (ARCC) at Kinloss in Moray is to close, it is announced.

Man guilty of 1993 murder

BBC - Thu, 2014-12-11 03:31
Former milkman Colin Ash-Smith, 46, found guilty of stabbing 16-year-old Claire Tiltman to death in 1993 in Kent

UK citizenship checks criticised

BBC - Thu, 2014-12-11 03:24
British citizenship has been granted to people with "very poor immigration histories", according to the chief inspector of borders and immigration.

Khan to wear 'most expensive' shorts

BBC - Thu, 2014-12-11 03:21
Amir Khan will wear £20,000 boxing shorts when he takes on Devon Alexander in Las Vegas on Saturday.

Root century inspires England win

BBC - Thu, 2014-12-11 03:19
Joe Root strikes an unbeaten 104 as England beat Sri Lanka by five wickets in Pallekele and now trail 3-2 in the series.

Yellow warnings for snow and ice

BBC - Thu, 2014-12-11 03:17
The Met Office issues yellow "be aware" warnings for snow and ice on Friday.

Scouts face further abuse claims

BBC - Thu, 2014-12-11 03:15
More alleged victims of child abuse in the Scouts come forward after the BBC reported that 56 people have begun legal action against the movement.

Toulouse killer 'raided jeweller's'

BBC - Thu, 2014-12-11 03:12
French Islamist militant Mohammed Merah, who murdered seven people in 2012, is suspected of attacking a jeweller's between gun attacks, reports say.

Medical bills, bills, bills

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-12-11 03:00

43 million Americans have overdue medical debt on their credit reports, according to a new report out today by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. This means about one in five credit reports contain medical debt that’s been turned over to a collection agency, often dragging down consumers’ credit scores.

Unlike a credit card bill or an auto loan, medical bills often takes people by surprise, says Chi Chi Wu, a staff attorney with the National Consumer Law Center.

“Nobody chooses to say, ‘Tomorrow, I’m going to go the emergency room for an appendectomy,’” she says.

“Many people who walk into doctor’s office have absolutely no idea expense they’re about to incur,” adds Dan Mendelson, CEO of Avalere Health, a consulting firm.

Even if patient do ask, it can be difficult to get an answer.

“You’re in a system that is not ready to tell you how much things are going to cost,” says Mendelson.

Moreover, uninsured consumers often pay the highest rates for services, which they can’t afford.

For those patients with insurance, Wu says “there are billing errors [and] the providers might use the wrong codes. What happens is that if the bill gets too old, it automatically gets sent to a debt collector.”

That can ding consumers’ credit scores, which impact more than just interest rates and loan applications, says Susan Grant, with the Consumer Federation of America.

“It can be used by employers to decide whether or not to hire you, by landlords to decide whether or not to rent to you, by your insurance company to determine you rates," she says.

The CFPB is currently reviewing debt collection processes and will require the major credit reporting agencies to submit reports on how consumer disputes are handled.


PODCAST: New profits for drug cartels

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-12-11 03:00

A company arrives on the NY stock exchange today that hopes to disrupt how people borrow money. Plus, more on the news that Google News will shut down operations in Spain. And a new reminder today that violent crime and clever business can go hand in hand. We check in from time to time with our colleagues at Univision News, and they've been probing ways Mexican and Colombian drug cartels are diversifying into additional lines of work. 

AUDIO: Tackling police corruption and drug use

BBC - Thu, 2014-12-11 02:40
There are changes taking place in the way allegations of police misconduct and corruption are dealt with in England and Wales.

Spider-style sensor for vibrations

BBC - Thu, 2014-12-11 02:39
By copying organs found in spiders’ legs, engineers build a sensor that can detect tiny vibrations, including speech and blood flow.

In Hong Kong, Police Clear Final 'Occupy' Protest Site

NPR News - Thu, 2014-12-11 02:37

After months of acts of civil disobedience to demand democratic reforms, police cleared the final bastion of what's come to be known as the Umbrella Revolution.

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Man charged in 'slavery' inquiry

BBC - Thu, 2014-12-11 02:36
Police charge a man with false imprisonment, rape and child cruelty in a suspected slavery case in London.

VIDEO: Public Accounts Committee

BBC - Thu, 2014-12-11 02:33
MPs take evidence for their inquiry into the progress of Universal Credit.