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Inflation falls to lowest level in nearly three years

Inflation falls to lowest level in nearly three years

Business
Inflation fell to its lowest level in nearly three years in October, official figures show.Consumer prices rose at a rate of 1.5% compared to 1.7% in September as the energy price cap pushed down electricity and gas prices for 15 million homes, the Office for National Statistics said. It is the lowest rate of Consumer Price Index inflation since November 2016.An ONS spokesman said: "A fall in utility prices due to a lowering of the energy price cap helped ease inflation in October. However, this was partially offset by rising clothing prices."Gas and electricity prices fell by 8.7% and 2.2% respectively in October from thew previous month. Advertisement Falling fuel prices also helped push down inflation. T...
Nearly 600 new flu cases, two deaths in last week, CDC says

Nearly 600 new flu cases, two deaths in last week, CDC says

Health
Nov. 8 (UPI) -- A special high-dose flu vaccine has been officially cleared for use in seniors, just as the 2019-20 flu season begins in earnest. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's weekly influenza report, released Friday, cases continued to rise during the period ending November 2nd, with 2.1 percent of all doctors visits across the country related to flu-like illness, up from 1.9 percent the previous week. Louisiana and Puerto Rico remain "hot spots" for the flu so far this season, but Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Nevada, Tennessee and Texas also reported "local or sporadic activity." Overall, there were 582 new confirmed influenza cases nationwide over the most recent seven-day period reported, bringing the total cases report...
Did Arsenal nearly sign Cristiano Ronaldo before Manchester United transfer? Portugal star says ‘of course it is true’

Did Arsenal nearly sign Cristiano Ronaldo before Manchester United transfer? Portugal star says ‘of course it is true’

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Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed he was ‘very close’ to joining Arsenal before eventually signing for Manchester United.The Portuguese superstar was making a name for himself as a talented teenager at Sporting Lisbon in the early 2000s. A number of clubs were interested in him, among them United and Arsenal, but it was Sir Alex Ferguson who won the race after witnessing Ronaldo in action during a pre-season encounter in 2003. Getty Images - Getty Ronaldo joined Man United in August 2003 and the rest, as they say, is history Tony Cottee reveals he suffered a brain haemorrhage earlier this year Speaking during his ITV interview with Piers Morgan, a life-long Arsenal fan, the Juventus star was pressed on whether there was any truth in him po
Suicide risk nearly three times as high for those with restless legs syndrome

Suicide risk nearly three times as high for those with restless legs syndrome

Health
Aug. 23 (UPI) -- People with restless legs syndrome have nearly three times the risk of suicide or self-harm, even if they didn't have underlying conditions like depression, diabetes and insomnia, a new study says. Researchers say this is a warning that health professionals should monitor the mental health of patients with the condition, according to findings published Friday in JAMA Network Open. "Our study suggests that restless legs syndrome isn't just connected to physical conditions, but to mental health, as well," said Xiang Gao, a researcher at Penn State University and study author, in a news release. "And, with RLS being under-diagnosed and suicide rates rising, this connection is going to be more and more important. Clinicians may want to be careful when they're screening patie...
GAO report: Pentagon spent nearly $1B on improper travel payments

GAO report: Pentagon spent nearly $1B on improper travel payments

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Aug. 16 (UPI) -- The Department of Defense incorrectly distributed nearly a billion dollars in travel fees over a three- year period, a General Accounting Office report said. The 54-page report, issued this week, noted that "improper payments -- including payments that should not have been made or were made in an incorrect amount -- are a long-standing, significant challenge in the federal government. Both GAO and the DOD Inspector General have reported on problems related to improper payments in DOD's travel pay program." It noted that in fiscal years from 2016 to 2018, the Defense Department disbursed $ 18.3 billion after travelers submitted expense vouchers for refunds. About $ 965.5 million was improperly distributed. The report added that beginning in 2017, the Defense Department be...