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Sunday 29th March 2015
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BBC news for Staffordshire

Heads' threat to parents over gaming

Head teachers in Cheshire warn parents they will report them to the authorities if they allow their children to play computer games rated for over-18s.

Former JCB site to be demolished

Work begins to demolish thousands of tonnes of concrete on the site of a former JCB factory.

PC 'had sex but not in work time'

A police officer tells a court he had sex with different women but never at the expense of either his work or his colleagues.

Hughes agrees new contract at Stoke

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes agrees a new contract which will keep him at the club until 2019.

University in £40m revamp plans

Plans are revealed for a £40m redevelopment of Staffordshire University's main campus.

Cathedral's £800,000 rewire grant

An £800,000 grant to rewire Lichfield Cathedral saves it from possible closure, its dean says.

VIDEO: Political week in 60 seconds

The political headlines from the West Midlands.

Taylor calls for darts to come home

Phil Taylor calls for Stoke darts venue

Live BBC World News

Singapore holds Lee Kuan Yew funeral

Singapore holds a state funeral for its founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, with tens of thousands lining the streets despite torrential rain.

Tunisia 'kills Bardo attack gunman'

Tunisian authorities say they have killed a man linked to a deadly museum attack, as a march against terrorism begins in the capital Tunis.

Arab League to create military force

Arab League countries meeting in Egypt agree to create a joint Arab military force amid a crisis in Yemen and regional jihadist threats.

Kerry stays on for more Iran talks

US Secretary of State John Kerry cancels a planned return to the US to stay in Switzerland as the Iran nuclear talks approach their deadline.

Air Canada plane 'exits' runway

An Air Canada aeroplane landing at Halifax leaves the runway while landing at Halifax, but only minor injuries are reported.

Nigeria voting continues after delays

Voting is to continue for second day in some parts of Nigeria after technical problems during Saturday's presidential election.

Guinea declares Ebola 'emergency'

Guinean President Alpha Conde has declared a 45-day "health emergency" in five regions in the west and southwest of the Ebola-hit nation.

Greece's creditors mull new reforms

Greece's creditors are studying new reform plans put forward by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' government in a bid to secure further bailout funds.

BBC Sports News

Australia crush NZ to win World Cup

Australia beat New Zealand by seven wickets to win the World Cup for a fifth time at a packed Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Vettel takes shock Malaysia win

Sebastian Vettel takes a stunning maiden victory for Ferrari, winning a straight fight with Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes in Malaysia.

'A female jockey can win National'

Rider Katie Walsh on nearly making Grand National history and competing against the men at Aintree

Empty grounds & bus depots in Brazil

The 2014 World Cup was the most profitable in Fifa's history, but for the host nation the legacy is expensive stadiums left vacant.

Tuilagi out for season - Cockerill

Richard Cockerill says England and Leicester centre Manu Tuilagi is likely to miss the rest of the season with injury.

World Cup not for 'window dressing'

The development of associate members must go beyond the 'window dressing' of a World Cup, the International Cricket Council says.

Heads' threat to parents over gaming

Head teachers in Cheshire warn parents they will report them to the authorities if they allow their children to play computer games rated for over-18s.

Former JCB site to be demolished

Work begins to demolish thousands of tonnes of concrete on the site of a former JCB factory.

PC 'had sex but not in work time'

A police officer tells a court he had sex with different women but never at the expense of either his work or his colleagues.

Hughes agrees new contract at Stoke

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes agrees a new contract which will keep him at the club until 2019.

University in £40m revamp plans

Plans are revealed for a £40m redevelopment of Staffordshire University's main campus.

Cathedral's £800,000 rewire grant

An £800,000 grant to rewire Lichfield Cathedral saves it from possible closure, its dean says.

VIDEO: Political week in 60 seconds

The political headlines from the West Midlands.

Taylor calls for darts to come home

Phil Taylor calls for Stoke darts venue

AskTen - Ten amazing things you may not have known last week
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1. Bill Gates has been named the richest man in the world for the 16th time. In the annual ranking of global billionaires, the Microsoft founder beat Mexican businessman Carlos Slim to the top spot. Gates’ net worth rose by just over $3bn (£1.94bn) in the year to 13 February, to $79bn. There are now a record 1,826 billionaires in the world - an increase of 181 in the past 12 months. Forbes Magazine

2. British Airways has retained its title as the UK’s leading consumer ‘superbrand’. In an eye-catching installment of the annual ranking, several household names including Cadbury, Heinz and Marks & Spencer dropped out of the list of favourite brands. Meanwhile, the likes of John Lewis, Lego and Häagen-Dazs featured in the upper reaches of the grouping. The Guardian

3. The number of zero-hours contracts has increased from 1.4 million to 1.8 million, new figures have revealed. The new total for last August is 400,000 more than a previously published estimate in January 2014. The number of people saying they were employed on zero-hours contracts in their main job was 697,000 in the quarter to December, up from 586,000 in the same period in 2013. The figures mean some people are on more than one contract with no guarantee of a minimum number of hours. Office for National Statistics
4. Drinking up to five cups of coffee a day could help prevent heart disease, new research has found. A team of experts studied a group of more than 25,000 Korean men and women with an average age of 41. They had no previous signs of heart disease. Their coffee consumption was listed as none, less than one cup a day, one to three cups a day, three to five cups a day and five or more every day. The researchers discovered those who drank between three and five cups were less likely to show signs of heart disease. Daily Express

5. Drivers are to get ten minutes’ grace before being given a ticket if they stay too long on council parking spots. The changes in the law in England are expected to come in within weeks and will apply to all on-street and off-street council parking spots. Other measures in the Deregulation Bill include a right for residents and local firms to demand their council reviews parking in their area. CCTV camera cars that automatically issue parking fines are to be made illegal - apart from in areas near schools and in bus lanes. New York Times

6. More than half a million people are believed to have come to England from abroad over the past three years, according to Oxford University research. And two-thirds of the 565,000 migrants believed to have arrived between 2011 and 2014 are EU citizens, the study by the university’s Migration Observatory said. The estimated numbers were put together to provide an up-to-date idea of the migrant populations across England. They come in advance of official estimates from the Office for National Statistics, due in June. Daily Mail

7. Large firms will be forced to reveal details of the gap between how much they pay male and female employees after the government agreed to implement the measure. The Liberal Democrats had been pushing for the policy in the face of Tory opposition, and Equalities Minister Jo Swinson said it was “fantastic news” that her party had won the “argument in government”. The measure will be added to legislation currently going through Parliament and will come into force within the next 12 months. Financial Times

8. Apple, Sony and HTC are among the most female-friendly employers in the technology industry, a report on gender equality has found. The study, published on the eve of International Women’s Day, saw Apple come out on top, with 28% of female staff holding senior positions. Among them are former Burberry chief executive Angela Ahrendts and Sue Wagner, founding partner and director of asset manager BlackRock. Daily Mail

9. As The U.S. puts its clocks forward - two weeks ahead of the UK - potentially dangerous consequences have been revealed by scientists. Sleep scientists say effects of the time shift can include a pernicious phenomenon known as “microsleeps,” or momentary losses of concentration at critical times. Susceptibility to “microsleeps” increases after the clocks change, resulting in a spike in car crashes, including fatal ones where alcohol is involved, as well an increase in workplace injuries. The Guardian

10. The very first Apple logo featured Sir Isaac Newton sitting under a tree, with an apple about to hit his head. It was ditched as its high level of detail didn't really show up when shrunk down on products. Metro

The latest BBC Video News clips

VIDEO: Father: 'He should not be forgotten'

The father of a British man killed in the Alps plane crash that claimed the lives of 150 people, says his son and all the victims should not be forgotten.

VIDEO: Vaccine to protect from killer virus

An agreement has been reached to provide a meningitis B vaccine for all babies in the UK, the BBC's Elizabeth Glinka reports.

VIDEO: Police probe BBC boss 'death threat'

The Metropolitan Police is investigating death threats made against the director general of the BBC, Tony Hall.

VIDEO: 'We married in local supermarket'

A couple have married in the Cambridgeshire supermarket where they used to go on dates together.

VIDEO: Labour 'can win majority' in election

Douglas Alexander MP tells the BBC's Andrew Marr Labour can win a majority in the election and the party will not form a coalition with the SNP.

VIDEO: Chocolatier creates giant Easter egg

A chocolatier in Lincolnshire has created a seven-foot (2.1-metre) Easter egg, which he will sell in pieces to raise money for charity, the BBC's Jill Archbold reports.

VIDEO: Will you register in time to vote?

Do incidents such as the resignation of former Tory candidate Afzal Amin in Dudley effect people's decision to vote, and how long have you got to register to vote?

VIDEO: James Bond Spectre trailer revealed

The trailer for the new Bond movie Spectre has been released.