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Saturday 26th July 2014
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BBC news for Staffordshire

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.

Warning over NHS trust finances

University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust is one of 19 which have been referred to ministers after auditors raised concerns about their financial health.

Ex-MEP on money laundering charge

Former West Midlands MEP Nikki Sinclaire is charged with money laundering and misconduct but dismisses the charges as "ludicrous".

'Six week stay' for hospital camp

A protest camp is set up outside Stafford Hospital

Sainsbury's harnesses waste power

Cannock superstore comes off the National Grid

Live BBC World News

Deaths in Gaza now more than 1,000

The death toll in Gaza has passed 1,000, Palestinian medical officials say, 19 days after Israel launched an offensive against Hamas militants.

US evacuates Libya embassy staff

The US temporarily evacuates staff from its embassy in the Libyan capital following clashes between rival militias, the state department says.

Nigeria 'on red alert' over Ebola

Entries into Nigeria are placed on red alert after the authorities confirm the first death from the Ebola virus in the commercial capital Lagos.

EU sanctions 'threaten terror' war

Russia warns new EU sanctions against it over the Ukraine crisis will jeopardise security co-operation and the fight against terrorism.

Second Air Algerie black box found

Search teams in Mali locate the second flight recorder on board Air Algerie flight AH5017, which crashed on Thursday killing 116 people.

Isis 'may be on UN war crimes list'

Fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis) may be added to a list of war crimes suspects in Syria, a UN investigator says.

Pakistan climbers scale K2 summit

The world's second highest mountain, K2 - which lies in Pakistan - is successfully scaled by a team of Pakistani climbers for the first time.

BBC Sports News

Hamilton at back of grid after fire

Lewis Hamilton's car catches fire in Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying, leaving him at the back of the grid, with Nico Rosberg on pole.

From cigarettes and alcohol to marathon man

Steve Way, 40, will compete for England at the Commonwealth Games, despite only taking up running in 2007.

Bolt to run in 4x100m relay heats

Jamaican Usain Bolt arrives in Glasgow for the Commonwealth Games and says he will run in the heats of 4x100m relay.

England storm to triathlon team relay win

England's Vicky Holland, Jonathan and Alistair Brownlee and Jodie Stimpson win team relay gold at the Commonwealth Games.

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.

Warning over NHS trust finances

University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust is one of 19 which have been referred to ministers after auditors raised concerns about their financial health.

Ex-MEP on money laundering charge

Former West Midlands MEP Nikki Sinclaire is charged with money laundering and misconduct but dismisses the charges as "ludicrous".

'Six week stay' for hospital camp

A protest camp is set up outside Stafford Hospital

Sainsbury's harnesses waste power

Cannock superstore comes off the National Grid

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: CBeebies goes classical at Proms

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

VIDEO: Cancer patient robbed of jewellery

A 71-year-old cancer patient from Leicester has jewellery worth about £50,000 stolen from her home.

VIDEO: Malevich's revolutionary art in London

A new exhibition exploring the revolutionary work of Russian artist Kazimir Malevich on display at London’s Tate Modern.

VIDEO: Mother admits to killing her son

The mother of Mikaeel Kular admits killing her son and then starting a search after claiming he had gone missing.

VIDEO: Athletes' ten day journey to Games

The team of athletes from the remote Atlantic island of St Helena had an epic, ten day journey to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

VIDEO: 'Flying' car destroys upstairs wall

A car has smashed into the first floor of a house in Lincolnshire, after careering off the road.

VIDEO: NHS to offer one-shot cancer therapy

A pioneering breast cancer treatment that replaces weeks of radiotherapy with a single, targeted shot is set to be offered on the NHS.