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New rules are gutting consumer watchdog group from the inside, legal experts say

New rules are gutting consumer watchdog group from the inside, legal experts say

Finance
Kathy Kraninger, director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.Andrew Harrer | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesThe agency created in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis to protect consumers from abuse is being gutted from the inside, according to some consumer advocates and legal experts.A new enforcement policy at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is the most recent example of an agency drifting away from its mission to police Wall Street's bad actors, these advocates say.The CFPB announced Jan. 24 that it is changing the way it oversees and punishes abusive practices by financial firms. Perhaps most significantly, the watchdog will impose financial penalties, such as fines, in more limited circumstances and will require a cost-benefit analysis before investigating wrongdoing.The ...
Group B Strep: ‘A common bug could have killed my baby’

Group B Strep: ‘A common bug could have killed my baby’

Health
The mother of a child who developed meningitis and sepsis because of a bacterial infection called Group B Strep is calling for all pregnant women to be tested for it. Currently the test is only available privately - and some women are still not being told about the potential threat the bug poses to their baby.Bethany Rashley had a straightforward pregnancy until 33 weeks, when she experienced possible labour pains and noticed her baby was moving less than it had before. She went into Kettering General Hospital, was kept in for a few days, and then sent home.There was no improvement in the baby's movements, however, and at 39 weeks Bethany went back to the hospital with her partner, Andy Halcrow, to be induced."I think th...
Euro 2020 draw: England drawn against Croatia, Wales in group with Italy

Euro 2020 draw: England drawn against Croatia, Wales in group with Italy

Sports
England have been drawn against Croatia and the Czech Republic at UEFA EURO 2020, with Wales alongside Italy, Switzerland and Turkey in Group A.Germany will face world champions France and reigning European champions Portugal in Group F.The winners of Scotland's play-off path, which includes Norway, Serbia and Israel, will join England in Group D. Gareth Southgate's World Cup semi-finalists will begin their campaign against Croatia at Wembley on 14 June.The tournament's opening game will see Italy host Turkey in Rome on 12 June.Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland all feature in the play-offs next March, where 16 teams will compete to fill the final four places.The tournamen...
Manchester City group becomes most valuable in world at $5bn

Manchester City group becomes most valuable in world at $5bn

Business
Manchester City's owner is selling a $ 500m stake to a US investment firm in a deal that that makes it the most valuable sports group in the world - worth nearly $ 5bn.Silver Lake is buying just over 10% of the Abu Dhabi-controlled City Football Group, setting a record $ 4.8bn valuation for the Premier League club's owner. CFG owns stakes in seven football clubs around the world. Image: The club is owned by the Abu Dhabi-controlled City Football Group The group said none of its existing shareholders were selling equity stakes as part of the Silver Lake deal.Manchester City are currently in third place in the Premier League, and have qualified for the Champions League final 16. ...
Cardinal group pushes for married priests, female deacons and environmental activism

Cardinal group pushes for married priests, female deacons and environmental activism

World
Oct. 26 (UPI) -- The Catholic Church could allow married priests while also ordaining women as deacons on a regional basis, based on recommendations from a gathering of cardinal bishops from the Amazon region of South America. The nine-nation area has a shortage of priests that needs to be addressed. After listening to the cardinals' concerns, Pope Francis said he would assemble a commission to consider both issues. "I am going to take up the challenge that ... you have put forward, that women be heard," Francis said. The cardinals said Jesus entrusted women in the ministry, setting an example for the church today. The Oct. 6-27 meeting in Vatican City also focused on serious threats facing the Amazon Basin, including the outbreak of wildfires in the rain forest this year. They want to ...