Bill Cosby is a ‘sexually violent predator’, judge rules

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Bill Cosby faces up to 10 years in prison A Pennsylvania judge has ruled Bill Cosby, the comic once dubbed America’s Dad, is a sexually violent predator. The label means Cosby, 81, must undergo counselling for life and appear on the sex offenders’ registry. A judge made the ruling ahead […]

Brett Kavanaugh: Trump doubts ‘drunk’ sex assault accuser

Media captionPresident Trump: “The second accuser doesn’t even know, she thinks maybe it could have been him, maybe not.” US President Donald Trump has cast doubt on a woman who accuses his Supreme Court nominee of misconduct as she was intoxicated and “messed up”. “The second accuser has nothing,” Mr Trump told reporters at the […]

Life expectancy progress in UK ‘stops for first time’

Image copyright Yuri_Arcurs/Getty Life expectancy in the UK has stopped improving for the first time since 1982, when figures began. Women’s life expectancy from birth remains 82.9 years and for men it is 79.2, the figures from the Office for National Statistics, for 2015-17, show. In some parts of the UK, life expectancy has even […]

EpiPen shortage ‘worrying’ for people with allergies

Image copyright Science Photo Library A shortage of EpiPens is causing worry for people with allergies in the UK. The makers of the adrenaline injection pen, which is used to treat severe and life threatening allergic reactions, say the supply problems are due to manufacturing issues. The Department of Health said they were working with […]

Electrical implant helps paralysed people to walk again

Image copyright University of Louisville Image caption Kelly Thomas took part in the study, which enabled her to walk after being injured in a car accident Three patients, all paralysed from the waist down, have been able to walk again after having an electrical patch fitted to their spinal cords. Experts say the device, which […]

Stalled Royal Liverpool Hospital PFI deal could be ditched

Image caption Work on the new Royal Liverpool Hospital building stopped when Carillion collapsed NHS bosses are considering scrapping a private finance deal to allow work to resume on the Royal Liverpool Hospital. Work on the £335m hospital stalled in February following the collapse of construction giant Carillion. The trust that runs the hospital refused […]

Jeremy Corbyn: More EU talks if MPs reject Brexit deal

Media captionWould Jeremy Corbyn vote Leave or Remain now? The UK government would have to return to the EU negotiating table if Parliament rejects its Brexit deal, Jeremy Corbyn has told the BBC. Mr Corbyn said Labour would decide whether to back the deal based on its six tests – which the party says the […]

Brexit: Theresa May wants to cut migration without harming economy

New immigration rules introduced after Brexit must continue to bring numbers down but in a way that does not damage the UK economy, Theresa May has said. Speaking on a trip to the US, the prime minister said ending the free movement of people from the EU was “non-negotiable” in the Brexit talks. Public concerns […]

Labour conference: Jeremy Corbyn pledges more free childcare

Image copyright PA Jeremy Corbyn is expected to use his conference speech in Liverpool to pledge an expansion of free childcare. Labour has previously said it would offer 30 hours of “genuinely free” childcare to all parents of two, three and four-year-olds in England. Mr Corbyn will say Labour will also offer extra, means-tested subsidised […]

Labour conference: ‘Nationalise the internet’ call rejected

Image copyright EPA Image caption Angela Eagle: “Mark Zuckerberg doesn’t get to choose’ Labour MP Angela Eagle said there were “many ways of skinning a cat” after a Labour member called for the internet to be “nationalised”. Jonathan Cooper said the tech giants had to be stopped from creating “echo chambers of hate”. Ms Eagle […]