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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...
IS leader killed himself and three of his children with suicide vest – Trump

IS leader killed himself and three of his children with suicide vest – Trump

World
Donald Trump has confirmed that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi was killed in a US military operation.The president said: "Last night, we brought the world's number one terrorist leader to justice." He added: "He died like a dog, like a coward." What does Baghdadi death mean for IS? The president said US special forces had conducted a "daring raid" which lasted around two hours, during which a large num...
Three big mistakes to avoid during Medicare open enrollment

Three big mistakes to avoid during Medicare open enrollment

Finance
Hero Images | Getty ImagesEven if Medicare's open enrollment period sounds like a big snore fest, you might sleep better next year if you take advantage of it.For the program's 60 million beneficiaries, that yearly fall window — Oct. 15 through Dec. 7 — offers the chance to make changes that take effect Jan. 1. While you aren't required to do anything — your coverage will automatically renew if you take no action — passing on the chance review your plan could cost you in 2020."The danger is that at the time of service, you'll be surprised when you have a different copay or out-of-pocket expense that you weren't anticipating," said Elizabeth Gavino, founder of Lewin & Gavino in New York and an independent broker and general agent for Medicare plans.More from Personal Finance:Couples wei
Walmart announces ‘featured providers’ healthcare pilot in three states

Walmart announces ‘featured providers’ healthcare pilot in three states

Health
Oct. 3 (UPI) -- Retail giant Walmart has announced new programs it says will help its associates find better, more effective healthcare providers. Coming in the wake of their recently announced Sam's Club healthcare pilot, the company on Thursday said it is launching a new pilot program in three states that is designed to connect employees with "Featured Providers" -- "quality, local" doctors who've shown a "demonstrated history" of effective care. The company's new effort, being rolled out in portions of Arkansas, Florida, and Texas, aims to refer participants in the company's medical program to a select group of doctors in eight specialties. Walmart said the pilot will be a partnership with the Nashville-based healthcare analysis firm Embold Health, which will be responsible for sortin...
Navy opens probe after three suicides last week on USS George H.W. Bush

Navy opens probe after three suicides last week on USS George H.W. Bush

Business
Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Federal and local authorities are investigating four suicides on the USS George H.W. Bush, including three this week and one back in July. Hampton Roads authorities have joined federal law enforcement agents to probe the deaths by suicide of sailors assigned to the Norfolk, Va., based warship and aircraft carrier, the Navy Times reported. Two sailors died by suicide on the same day and rumors have circulated describing the deaths as part of an "epidemic," but authorities have not linked the deaths. "The sailors did not serve in the same departments, and there does not appear to be a connection between their deaths," Naval Air Force Atlantic spokeswoman Commander Jennifer Cragg said in a statement to the Navy Times. Local police began investigating after Machinist's Mat...