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Today: Tuesday 30th October

One of the biggest storms to hit the United States has been battering the east coast, flooding New York and killing at least 13 people. Four thousand women a year are having treatment for breast cancer that they do not need, according to a review of the NHS screening programme. And also on the programme, how speeding up the factory assembly line is helping children find new parents.

Business news with Simon Jack on news on the impact that the tropical storm Sandy is having on one of the world's biggest financial centres.

Sports news with Jonathan Legard.

An independent review published in The Lancet today concludes that breast screening prevents about 1,300 cancer deaths a year but it also leads to around 4,000 women having unnecessary treatment. Professor Peter Gotzsche, director of The Nordic Cochrane Centre, and Professor David Cameron, debate the problem of "over-diagnosis".

A huge storm system has made landfall in the US north eas, coming ashore in New Jersey and flooding parts of New York City. The BBC's correspondent Barbara Plett has the latest from New York.

Business news with Simon Jack.

The Children's Minister Edward Timpson will be giving a speech today outlining where local authorities can improve supporting children leaving care. Debbie Jones, president of the Association of Directors of Children's Services, outlines what needs to be done to improve support.

Sports news with Jonathan Legard.

Today will see the announcement of the buyer of Horizon, the UK's nuclear power building project, which is planning to build a range of new power stations across the country. Ed Davey MP, Energy and Climate Change Secretary, outlines how the takeover will affect the UK.

A management system designed by Toyota to boost car production has been adapted for use in a London family court to cut the time taken to complete cases involving vulnerable children by half. Andrew Christie, director of children's services in Westminster, Kensington and Hammersmith councils in London explains how the system works.

The paper review.

The government says science is our economic salvation but there is just one research scientist MP in the House of Commons. The Today programme's science correspondent Tom Feilden went to witness a swap between MPs and scientists, organised by the Royal Society.

Thought for the Day with Canon Angela Tilby of Christchurch Cathedral, Oxford.

Storms in poor countries kill tens of thousands of people and devastate lives for years, that is not going to happen in New York and New Jersey but Storm Sandy has still had a pretty huge impact. The BBC's correspondent in New York Ben Thompson has the latest from the city.

The latest research shows that about 4,000 women every year endure unpleasant or even disfiguring treatment for cancers that may not threaten their lives at all. Myriam Pryke and Diane Dally explain their similar experiences but very different reactions.

The Bodleian Libraries are hosting a special one-day event to celebrate the gift of papers that belonged to the poet Cecil Day-Lewis and his wife, actress, Jill Balcon. Tamasin Day-Lewis explains her view that her father should be better remembered as a wonderful poet.

Sports news with Jonathan Legard.

In Mexico, the war between the country's rival drug cartels has seen kidnapping and killing take place on a staggering scale. The Today programme's Tom Bateman reports from Mexico on the country's "disappeared".

The UK's first 4G mobile service is launched today in ten cities by Everything Everywhere, which will provide customers with speeds typically five times faster than 3G. James Chandler, head of mobile at the media agency Mindshare, explains that this will change the way brands talk to people.

Business news with Simon Jack.

Small business leaders in France are hailing their success in forcing the government to abandon a controversial tax policy. Paris correspondent Christian Fraser analyses the row that has led many to question the government's commitment to business.

Storm Sandy was a mixture of storms coming onshore at high tide and doing so in an unusual track rather than spinning off up the eastern seaboard of the US. Dr Liz Bentley, founder of the weather club at the Royal Meteorological Society explains how the storm actually the northeastern seaboard of the US.

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