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Monday 28th July 2014
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BBC news for Staffordshire

Driver dies at classic car race

A driver from Staffordshire dies after an accident during a classic car race at Silverstone racetrack in Northamptonshire.

Hospital 'safe but still fragile'

Inspectors rule services at Stafford Hospital are "currently safe" but worry that they are still "fragile" because of low staff levels.

WW1 stories remembered on sculpture

Visitors to Staffordshire's National Memorial Arboretum are being asked to add their family stories of World War One to an artwork to mark the centenary of the war.

A&E evacuated 'over weed killer'

Up to 40 people are evacuated from a hospital accident and emergency department over fears of a chemical contamination.

Chief constable leaves for new post

Staffordshire's chief constable is leaving to take up a post with Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary.

Cars hit by falling concrete on M6

Two cars are struck by falling concrete from a bridge over the M6 near Sandbach in Cheshire.

VIDEO: Peaty clinches 100m gold in record time

Uttoxeter swimmer breaks his own record

Live BBC World News

UN chief: Gaza in critical condition

Gaza is in a "critical condition" and violence there must stop "in the name of humanity", UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says.

Ferry students 'floated from cabins'

Students who survived South Korea's ferry disaster describe how they floated out of flooded cabins, as the trial of the crew continues.

MH17 downing 'may be war crime'

The downing of Malaysian airliner MH17 in eastern Ukraine may constitute a "war crime", UN human rights chief Navi Pillay says.

Russia to appeal $50bn Yukos payout

Russia will appeal a court decision ordering it to pay the biggest compensation package to date, amounting to $50bn (£29.5bn) in damages.

Lightning kills man on US beach

One man is killed and several people are hurt following lightning strikes on crowded Venice Beach in Los Angeles, California.

Tripoli fuel fire 'out of control'

A second fuel tank at Libya's biggest fuel storage facility is in flames as the government requests international assistance to contain the huge blaze.

AH5017 'black boxes' now in France

Two data recorders from a plane that crashed in Mali last week, killing all 118 aboard, arrive in France as it begins three days of mourning.

BBC Sports News

Gold medal record for Scotland

Scotland set a new national record of 12 Commonwealth Games gold medals midway through day five in Glasgow.

VIDEO: Incredible 41-shot rally in table tennis

Nigeria's Segun Toriola wins a point against Singapore's Ning Gao in a 41 shot rally in the team table tennis semi-finals at Glasgow 2014.

Man City & Italy racism claims probed

Fifa looks into claims a Manchester City player was racially abused in Croatia, and that an Italian official made racist comments.

David beats Massaro to win squash gold

Malaysia's Nicol David beat England's Laura Massaro in three games to win the Commonwealth gold for the second time.

England win team table tennis silver

England's men take team silver in table tennis after losing to Singapore in a repeat of the Delhi final in 2010.

Glasgow 2014 day-by-day guide

Your essential guide to the must-see moments in the Commonwealth Games and a look at some of the biggest stars on show.

Driver dies at classic car race

A driver from Staffordshire dies after an accident during a classic car race at Silverstone racetrack in Northamptonshire.

Hospital 'safe but still fragile'

Inspectors rule services at Stafford Hospital are "currently safe" but worry that they are still "fragile" because of low staff levels.

WW1 stories remembered on sculpture

Visitors to Staffordshire's National Memorial Arboretum are being asked to add their family stories of World War One to an artwork to mark the centenary of the war.

A&E evacuated 'over weed killer'

Up to 40 people are evacuated from a hospital accident and emergency department over fears of a chemical contamination.

Chief constable leaves for new post

Staffordshire's chief constable is leaving to take up a post with Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary.

Cars hit by falling concrete on M6

Two cars are struck by falling concrete from a bridge over the M6 near Sandbach in Cheshire.

VIDEO: Peaty clinches 100m gold in record time

Uttoxeter swimmer breaks his own record

AskTen - Ten amazing things you may not have known last week
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1. What Wonga would owe if it applied its own annual 5,853% interest rate to the £2.6m in compensation it now has to pay 45,000 customers. The payday lender had sent threatening letters from fake law firms, and charged a fee for sending them out. Financial Times

2. Before you go on a summer shopping spree, this may make you put the plastic back in your wallet. One in five people will take 17 years to pay off credit card debts, a study suggests. The figure is based on those paying off the minimum each month towards the average debt of £4,500 at 17.9 per cent. Metro

3. Voters will be asked if Britain needs a new Magna Carta, as the constitutional document reaches its 800th anniversary next year. The Commons wants to know if rules of democracy need to be written down, as many of them are based on common law and conventions at present. The consultation runs until January. Daily Express

4. One in four children spends less than half-an-hour outdoors each day, the National Trust says. More than half of youngsters aged seven to 12 spend less than an hour outside, it added. Nine in ten have never taken part in traditional outdoor activities such as playing conkers or building a raft, a poll of parents showed. Daily Mail

5. UK scientists have made a “major step forward” in the race to develop a blood test to predict the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Research on more than 1,000 subjects has identified a set of proteins in the blood whose presence can predict the onset of the dementia condition with 87 per cent accuracy. Daily Telegraph

6. Retail prices are falling at the fastest rate since records began. Ferocious competition on the high street is forcing retailers to offer cut-price food, clothes, footwear and electrical items. The British Retail Council says typical prices in the shops were down by 1.8% in June year-on-year. Food prices mildly bucked the trend with a marginal inflation of 0.6%, but the cost of non-edible items dropped by 3.4%. The Times

7. Think fondly of your boss – he or she might work a day more than you each week. According to a study from the Institute of Leadership and Management, almost half of UK managers work an extra day of unpaid overtime per week. The pressures of work and remote access to email through smartphones and tablets leave over 90% of managers working outside contracted and paid hours, the study found. The Times

8. All passengers flying into and out of the UK have been told that mobile devices in their hand luggage must have enough charge to be switched on. The new guidelines come after the US announced extra security checks last week. The rules cover phones, tablets and other gadgets including razors and cameras. Uncharged devices will not be allowed on board planes. Metro

9. In 2045 the world population will reach 10.4bn with more than 70% of people living in crowded urban areas, predicts a new study. In Global Strategic Trends – Out to 2045, a Ministry of Defence think tank also forecasts that 3.6bn people will suffer water shortages and terrorists will have access to cheap, unmanned drones and space satellites. The Observer

10. Richard Linklater's new drama Boyhood, opens in UK cinemas last week. Filmed over 12 years, it tells the story of a boy's life from age six to 18, as he becomes man and faces life's challenges. With Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette. "An astonishing achievement," says The Guardian.

The latest BBC Video News clips

VIDEO: Help for Heroes fraudster 'humbled'

A man who stole hundreds of thousands of pounds form the Help for Heroes charity is facing a lengthy jail sentence after pleading guilty in court

VIDEO: Airshow attracts '500,000 visitors'

Around 500,000 visitors are estimated to have descended on Sunderland for its 26th airshow.

VIDEO: 'I've never been involved in drugs'

The singer and former X Factor judge, Tulisa Contostavlos has told the BBC she has never been involved in drugs and she has never taken cocaine.

VIDEO: 'Roar' as Didcot towers demolished

Three disused cooling towers at Didcot A Power Station have been demolished using more than 180kg of explosives.

VIDEO: DPP on helping witnesses give evidence

The new Director of Public Prosecutions on helping witnesses give evidence in court without the need for new laws.

VIDEO: CBeebies goes classical at Proms

The BBC Philharmonic is staging the first ever Cbeebies event at the Proms.

VIDEO: Rally in London for Gaza Palestinians

A rally is being held in central London to protest about Israel's offensive in Gaza - one protester told the BBC it would boost the morale of Palestinians.