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Monday 20 August 2018

In brief: Clampdown on 'debt hopping'

ENERGY firms will be allowed to tell rivals if a customer has already built up big arrears on their gas or electricity bills under new rules.

The move is an attempt to tackle the issue of "debt hopping" where customers switch suppliers to avoid paying off what they owe.

The Commission for Energy Regulator said that from next month energy firms will be allowed to warn a new supplier if customers have owed more than €250 for over 60 days.



FBI pays €1.5m for 'Whitey'

The FBI has paid a $2.1m (€1.5m) reward to tipsters for information leading to the arrest of Irish-American mob boss James 'Whitey' Bulger and his girlfriend.

Bulger was captured in June in Santa Monica, California, where he'd been living with Catherine Greig.

Bulger, a longtime FBI informant, was wanted in connection with 19 murders from his Boston base.

The FBI said it paid the reward money to more than one individual. Bulger and Greig have pleaded not guilty to multiple charges.



Mum held over killing of girl (4)

Detectives are questioning a woman on suspicion of murdering her four-year-old daughter after she walked into a hospital and told staff she was concerned about the youngster's welfare.

The 31-year-old woman, named locally as Chantelle Blake, attended Manchester Royal Infirmary and "expressed concerns" about her child, believed to be called Kiaya, to doctors and nurses.

Staff contacted police, who went to a house in Moss Side. Officers discovered the child's body when they entered the two-storey property.



Ex's outrage at embryo ruling

A JUDGE in Argentina says frozen embryos from a divorced man's sperm can be used by his ex-wife to get pregnant again.

An appeals panel in Buenos Aires has upheld an earlier ruling in favour of the woman, who had one baby with the man after artificial insemination in 2005. The couple then got divorced.

The man had argued he shouldn't be forced into biological fatherhood with his ex-wife.

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