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King has reportedly begun using their trademark to issue takedown notices

Car insurance industry faces investigation

The motor insurance industry is to face a full-blown investigation after competition watchdogs said the market was not working well for consumers and found premiums were being pushed up by £225 million a year.

Sports Direct to buy 60 JJB Sports stores

Mike Ashley's Sports Direct is set to buy 60 stores from struggling rival JJB Sports out of administration today but thousands of staff will lose their jobs at the Wigan-based chain.

Gala Coral-Mecca Bingo merger referred to Competition Commission

The merger of two of the UK's biggest casino operators suffered a setback today after being referred for a full competition inquiry.

James Ashton: Groupon a bargain? No, it's just another dot.com cock-up

Outlook It's just the sort of bargain lucky punters might root out on a discount website. Once on sale for $20, now going cheap for $6. Quick – where do I enter my credit card details?

Payday lender fined more than half a million pounds after being duped by ID fraud

A payday lender has been fined more than half a million pounds and had its licence revoked after falling victim to fraudsters who successfully impersonated thousands of people to take out loans.

InterContinental investors' £960m windfall

Investors in InterContinental Hotels, which is reeling from a price-fixing investigation, hope for better news this week with City analysts betting they may be on track for a $1.5bn (£960m) bonus.

Thousands left without Olympic entry as police smash agency selling black market tickets

Thousands of people across the world including in Britain may have been left without entry to the Olympics after police smashed an unauthorized agency sourcing black market tickets.

Websites and hotels accused of price fixing

Two leading online travel companies and the world's biggest hotel chain have been accused by a regulator of conspiring to fix hotel prices at the expense of British customers.

New for old: the relaunched Holiday Inn in Aberdeen

World’s biggest hotel chain InterContinental Hotel Group and leading travel websites Booking.com and Expedia accused of price-fixing

Two leading online travel companies and the world’s biggest hotel chain have been accused by a regulator of conspiring to fix hotel prices at the expense of British customers.

OFT looking at US Clinton swoop

United States greetings cards firm American Greetings' swoop for 397 shops owned by collapsed Clinton Cards has caught the attention of the UK's trading watchdog.

OFT launches current account review

The trading watchdog stepped up the pressure on banks today by launching a review into the personal current account market amid concerns over a lack of transparency and competition.

Five questions on: Debit card surcharges

What now, even more charges?

easyJet promises business passengers a free flight if they arrive more than 15 minutes late

12 airlines agree to scrap surprise surcharges

Carriers to end last-minute fees by including debit card charges in headline price

Hunt claims BSkyB bid 'vindication'

Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt claimed today he had been vindicated over his handling of the BSkyB deal by the Leveson Inquiry.

Mercedes-Benz and its dealers 'may have fixed prices'

The UK consumer watchdog has said that Germany's Mercedes-Benz and five UK dealers of its trucks and vans may have broken competition law by co-operating illegally.

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Screwing your way to the top?

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Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

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US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform
Climate change threatens to make the antarctic fur seal extinct

Take a good look while you can

How climate change could wipe out this seal
Should emergency hospital weddings be made easier for the terminally ill?

Farewell, my lovely

Should emergency hospital weddings be made easier?
Man Booker Prize 2014 longlist: Crowdfunded novel nominated for first time

Crowdfunded novel nominated for Booker Prize

Paul Kingsnorth's 'The Wake' is in contention for the prestigious award
Vladimir Putin employs a full-time food taster to ensure his meals aren't poisoned

Vladimir Putin employs a full-time food taster

John Walsh salutes those brave souls who have, throughout history, put their knives on the line
Tour de France effect brings Hollywood blockbusters to Yorkshire

Tour de France effect brings Hollywood blockbusters to Yorkshire

A $25m thriller starring Sam Worthington to be made in God's Own Country
Will The Minerva Project - the first 'elite' American university to be launched in a century - change the face of higher learning?

Will The Minerva Project change the face of higher learning?

The university has no lecture halls, no debating societies, no sports teams and no fraternities. Instead, the 33 students who have made the cut at Minerva, will travel the world and change the face of higher learning
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Feet treat: 10 best pedicure products

Bags packed and all prepped for holidays, but feet in a state? Get them flip-flop-ready with our pick of the items for a DIY treatment
Commonwealth Games 2014: Great Scots! Planes and pipers welcome in Glasgow's Games

Commonwealth Games 2014

Great Scots! Planes and pipers welcome in Glasgow's Games
Jack Pitt-Brooke: Manchester City and Patrick Vieira make the right stand on racism

Jack Pitt-Brooke

Manchester City and Patrick Vieira make the right stand on racism
How Terry Newton tragedy made iron men seek help to tackle their psychological demons

How Newton tragedy made iron men seek help to tackle their psychological demons

Over a hundred rugby league players have contacted clinic to deal with mental challenges of game