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Saturday 25th October 2014
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BBC news for Staffordshire

New HS2 station proposed for Crewe

A report into the route of the second phase of the fast train project HS2 is expected to recommend a new station at Crewe, which means a bid to include Stoke on the line could be rejected.

Anger over ancient woods quarry plan

Plans to turn an area of ancient Staffordshire woodland mentioned in the Domesday Book into a quarry anger conservationists.

'Predatory' child rapist jailed

A "predatory" child rapist from Burton-upon-Trent is jailed for raping an underage girl.

Human skull found on building site

Police are trying to find the age of a human skull found in a building development in Staffordshire.

Dog shot dead after woman attacked

A dog is shot dead by police after a woman was attacked during rush hour in the Weston area of Crewe.

Fears over city drone flight dangers

Drones are being flown over cities and towns across England, including Stoke-on-Trent, in breach of Civil Aviation Authority rules.

VIDEO: Who is the top dog at Westminster?

Who does this fine canine belong to?

Live BBC World News

'Many exposed' to Mali Ebola girl

The authorities in Mali confirm the death of the country's first Ebola patient, a two-year-old girl, and say many people were exposed to her.

Iran hangs woman despite campaign

Iran defies an international campaign to hang a woman who killed a man she said was trying to sexually abuse her.

Google boss sets new skydive record

Google executive Alan Eustace breaks the world altitude record for a parachute jump set two years ago by Felix Baumgartner.

State of emergency imposed in Sinai

Egypt declares a three-month state of emergency in parts of the Sinai Peninsula after two attacks there killed at least 31 soldiers.

NY axe attack 'was terrorist act'

Police in New York say an axe attack on two officers was a terrorist act carried out by a radicalised Muslim convert.

Life terms for Argentina jail crimes

An Argentine ex-police chief and ex-interior minister are among 15 people given life sentences for involvement in a torture centre in the 1970s.

Malaysia envoy appears in NZ court

A Malaysian diplomat appears briefly in court on charges of attempted rape in the New Zealand city of Wellington after being extradited.

BBC Sports News

Suarez gets help for impulse to bite

Luis Suarez gets professional help for an "impulse" to bite opponents ahead of his Barcelona debut against Real Madrid on Saturday.

US golf boss sacked in Poulter row

Ted Bishop, president of the PGA of America, is sacked after calling Ian Poulter a "little girl" on social media.

El Clasico in numbers

Ronaldo's hot streak, Messi's record, 500 million watching and mega assets on the pitch - Real Madrid v Barca has everything.

Schmeichel angry at Neville comments

Peter Schmeichel criticises former Manchester United team-mate Gary Neville for his comments about Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet.

New HS2 station proposed for Crewe

A report into the route of the second phase of the fast train project HS2 is expected to recommend a new station at Crewe, which means a bid to include Stoke on the line could be rejected.

Anger over ancient woods quarry plan

Plans to turn an area of ancient Staffordshire woodland mentioned in the Domesday Book into a quarry anger conservationists.

'Predatory' child rapist jailed

A "predatory" child rapist from Burton-upon-Trent is jailed for raping an underage girl.

Human skull found on building site

Police are trying to find the age of a human skull found in a building development in Staffordshire.

Dog shot dead after woman attacked

A dog is shot dead by police after a woman was attacked during rush hour in the Weston area of Crewe.

Fears over city drone flight dangers

Drones are being flown over cities and towns across England, including Stoke-on-Trent, in breach of Civil Aviation Authority rules.

VIDEO: Who is the top dog at Westminster?

Who does this fine canine belong to?

AskTen - Ten amazing things you may not have known last week
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1. As increasing numbers of women delay having families while they build careers, figures revealed that one in five new mothers is aged 35 or older. The statistics for 2013 showed that 51 per cent of all live births were to mothers in their 30s. The average age of first-time mothers is now at a record high of 28.3 years. Nearly two-thirds of births were to fathers aged 30 and over. Office for National Statistics

2. FTSE 100 bosses earn 120 times more than the average worker. The average total earnings were £2.4m, rising to £3.3m for chief executives. According to research from Incomes Data Services, wage growth for the overall workforce trails well behind inflation, rising by 0.6% in the three months to July compared with the same period a year earlier. The Times.

3. High property costs mean that small and medium-sized businesses, the backbone of the UK economy, are finding it increasingly difficult to make a living in London. A study puts London 18th of 24 in its Small Business Cities Burden Index, below cities including New York, Dublin and Tokyo. Commercial rents in central London have increased by about 13.5% this year. Financial Times

4. Michael Jackson has topped Forbes’ list of high-earning dead celebrities. Over the last year the deceased pop legend generated a haul of $140m, almost three times as much as second-placed Elvis Presley, who made a comparatively poor $55m over the same period. Jacko's estate made a fortune on the back of his second posthumous album release Xscape. Daily Mail

5. British MPs have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a motion to recognise the state of Palestine. The motion was passed 274-12 after the first full debate on the issue since 2012. The result is not binding on the UK government and David Cameron has said the official non-recognition will not change. The Observer

6. Unruly dogs could be placed under ‘dogbos’ that come into force next week. The owners of dogs that aggressively chase cats, run wild in parks or “alarm” postmen could face criminal prosecution, fines of up to £20,000 or the prospect of theirs pets being seized. They could also be forced to neuter their pet and attend training classes. Daily Telegraph

7. The chief executive of the NHS is urging staff to take a lead in the anti-obesity fight by joining gyms. Simon Stevens says the NHS should become an agent for social change and lead by example as it is revealed that one in five young people and one in four adults in the UK now suffer from obesity, which each year causes 34,000 deaths and costs the NHS more than £1bn. Daily Express

8. The asking price for a forecourt in Mayfair with parking space for eight cars is an astonishing £2.25m. It is thought to be the most expensive London car park on record. The buyer will also need to pay a service charge and ground rent. The same sum would buy a 16th-century castle in Scotland or a six-bedroom villa in Ealing. Daily Mail

9. Apple, the inventor of the iPad and the iPhone, had the most valuable brand in the world for the second year running. The value of its fruity logo – created in 1977 by Rob Janoff, with a bite out of it to avoid confusion with a cherry, grew by 21% over the past year. New York Times

10. It costs $2bn per annum to launch water into space to sustain the astronauts on the International Space Station. The requirement is six tonnes per person. Daily Mail

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VIDEO: Motor racing on Coventry's ring road

Motor sports hit Coventry's ring road in May as the council seizes upon a change in the law to boost the local economy.

VIDEO: 'Do you think I lack imagination?'

Russell Brand speaks to Newsnight about his "alternative to corporate hegemony".

VIDEO: Ashya King 'has really come along'

Ashya King's father said his son "has really come along" while under going proton beam therapy in Prague.

VIDEO: The Queen sends her first tweet

The Queen's has sent her first tweet - sent through the @BritishMonarchy account - heralding the launch of a major new exhibition at London's Science Museum.

VIDEO: Wales 'may be independent in 20 years'

Leanne Wood, leader of Plaid Cymru, has predicted Wales will be independent within "a generation".

VIDEO: Call to scrap term-time holiday ban

The ban on term-time holidays from school should be scrapped so head teachers can take a "common-sense approach", council leaders have suggested.

VIDEO: Scotland to reduce drink-drive limit

The Scottish government has announced plans to reduce the country's drink-drive limit in time for Christmas.