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BBC News: Pedestrians killed in lorry crash
Monday 22nd December 2014
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Welcome to the Walsall Portal - with in-depth local information, news, sport, everything on around WS2 and Staffordshire!

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BBC news for Staffordshire

Man dies in police Taser shooting

A man dies after being shot by police with a Taser during a suspected burglary in Staffordshire.

Sink hole B&B could stay closed

A bed and breakfast damaged by a sink hole more than eight months ago could remain closed indefinitely, its owners say.

Tory MEP Philip Bradbourn dies

Philip Bradbourn, a Conservative MEP for the West Midlands, has died, the party announces.

Man arrested over £500k shop raid

A man is arrested in connection with a £500,000 robbery at a jewellers in Stoke-on-Trent.

Ceramics firm closes its factory

One of the oldest ceramic firms in Stoke-on-Trent closes its factory with the loss of 40 jobs.

VIDEO: 'Partying' sparks ambulance call rise

Alcohol fuels busiest weekend of year

Winner reveals memorial inspiration

Paulet High School pupils talk to designer

Crawley Town 1-2 Port Vale

Crawley drop closer to the League One relegation zone as Michael Brown and Louis Dodds give Port Vale victory.

Live BBC World News

North Korea threatens US over Sony

North Korea threatens unspecified attacks on the US as it escalates a war of words over the Sony Pictures cyber-attacks.

China investigates ex-leader's aide

China launches an investigation into former President Hu Jintao's top aide, state media report.

Pope Francis deplores Vatican 'ills'

The Pope tells cardinals there is a need to purge "spiritual Alzheimer's" and "the terrorism of gossip" from the Vatican.

Essebsi wins Tunisia president vote

Beji Caid Essebsi is confirmed as winner of Tunisia's first free presidential poll, but critics say this marks the return of the old regime.

NYC police chief backs mayor

New York City's police chief backs Mayor Bill de Blasio after claims he had increased ill-feeling towards police prior to two officers being shot dead.

Alstom to pay US $772m bribery fine

Alstom has agreed to pay £772m in criminal penalties to settle charges with the US Department of Justice.

IMF cuts blamed for Ebola spread

Spending cuts imposed by the International Monetary Fund may have contributed to the rapid spread of Ebola in West Africa, UK-based researchers say.

Hollande urges French not to panic

President Francois Hollande has called for vigilance after a weekend of attacks by men heard shouting Islamic slogans.

BBC Sports News

Brighton manager Hyypia resigns

Sami Hyypia resigns as manager of Championship strugglers Brighton after one win in 18 league games.

Oyston apologises for abusive texts

Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston "unreservedly apologises" for "unacceptable comments" he sent in reply to texts he received from a fan.

The alternative 2014 sport awards

From villains to unlikely heroes, strange moments and anti-climaxes, soap operas and spats, Tom Fordyce hands out his gongs.

NFL player donates pay to ill child

British NFL player Menelik Watson donates his match payment to the family of an ill four-year-old girl.

Yeovil fan waits 17 hours for ticket

A Yeovil fan waits a "mad" 17 hours overnight to ensure he got tickets to their FA Cup third-round tie against Manchester United.

Man dies in police Taser shooting

A man dies after being shot by police with a Taser during a suspected burglary in Staffordshire.

Sink hole B&B could stay closed

A bed and breakfast damaged by a sink hole more than eight months ago could remain closed indefinitely, its owners say.

Tory MEP Philip Bradbourn dies

Philip Bradbourn, a Conservative MEP for the West Midlands, has died, the party announces.

Man arrested over £500k shop raid

A man is arrested in connection with a £500,000 robbery at a jewellers in Stoke-on-Trent.

Ceramics firm closes its factory

One of the oldest ceramic firms in Stoke-on-Trent closes its factory with the loss of 40 jobs.

VIDEO: 'Partying' sparks ambulance call rise

Alcohol fuels busiest weekend of year

Winner reveals memorial inspiration

Paulet High School pupils talk to designer

Crawley Town 1-2 Port Vale

Crawley drop closer to the League One relegation zone as Michael Brown and Louis Dodds give Port Vale victory.

AskTen - Ten amazing things you may not have known last week
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1. The Oxford English Dictionary editors have chosen vape - to smoke an e-cigarette - as its 2014 word of the year. The rise of e-cigarettes was cited as the reason for the skyrocketing use of the word - along with countless debates over the safety of using them long term. The 2013 word of the year was “selfie,” describing the decidedly less controversial self-portrait taken with a smartphone. Daily Mail

2. Australian actor and “Thor” avenger Chris Hemsworth is the world’s sexiest man, according to the U.S. magazine People. Past choices of the magazine, which began handing out the accolade in a 1985 cover story on fellow Australian Mel Gibson, have ranged in age from 27, with John F. Kennedy Jr. in 1988, to 59, with Sean Connery a year later. Johnny Depp, George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Richard Gere have each been chosen twice. Metro

3. Seven of the 30 largest U.S. corporations paid more money to their chief executive officers last year than they paid in federal income taxes, according to a new study. The seven companies cited were Boeing Co, Ford Motor Co, Chevron Corp, Citigroup Inc, Verizon Communications Inc, JPMorgan Chase & Co and General Motors Co. CBC News

4. If you owned Apple and sold it, you could purchase the entire stock market of Russia, and still have enough change to buy every Russian an iPhone 6 Plus. The value of Russian equities has slumped $234 billion to $531 billion this year, while Apple gained $147 billion to $652 billion. Bloomberg
5. More than half of British parents would rather not brave the outdoors with their children, preferring to hang out with them at home. According to a recent survey. 18% find it stressful to be outside with their families, while 41% fear for their children’s safety when they go for a walk. Daily Telegraph

6. Scientists have found that a 10-second kiss can transfer as many as 80 million different types of bacteria. It was already known the mouth is home to 700 million different types of bug. Now, the new report by Dutch researchers reveals how some are more easily exchanged than others. The Times

7. UK inflation rose to 1.3% in October, up from its five-year low of 1.2% last month. The slight increase is down to a relative increase in transport costs compared to the same period last year. Computer games and toy prices also prompted the jump in the CPI index. However, food and non-alcoholic beverages are 1.4% cheaper than they were a year ago. Financial Times

8. The government has been criticised for its handling of obesity after a report by McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) found the crisis in people’s weight costs the UK more than it spends on armed violence, war and terrorism combined. It accuses the government of a “fragmented” and ineffective response. Daily Express

9. Police are failing to officially record one in five of the crimes reported to them, a damning report has revealed. An inspection of all 43 forces showed that 800,000 offences a year were not logged as crimes. Over a quarter of sexual offences were not recorded, while the figure for crimes of violence against the person was even higher at a third. The report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) posed the question: “To what extent can police-recorded crime information be trusted?” The Observer

10. Frank Sinatra’s My Way has been replaced by Monty Python’s Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life as the most popular song played at funerals, new research has found. A study by The Co-operative Funeralcare showed that traditional hymns, football anthems and classic pop songs top the list of the funeral music chart. The top 10 included Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life, The Lord Is My Shepherd, Abide With Me, Match Of The Day theme, My Way, All Things Bright And Beautiful and Angels by Robbie Williams. The Times

The latest BBC Video News clips

VIDEO: Murder rate falls in London

The number of people being murdered in London is expected to fall below 100 for the year 2014.

VIDEO: Are darker streets a sign of spending cuts?

Three quarters of councils in England are turning off or dimming street lights late at night, according to a study by the Labour Party.

VIDEO: Apprentice winner "very confident"

Mark Wright, the winner of this year's Apprentice said he was "very confident" of success for his new business plans.

VIDEO: £2m raised after dogs' home fire

Almost £2 million has now been raised for Manchester Dogs' Home after a fire in September that saw 50 animals die.

VIDEO: Floods spark retail park chaos

Firefighters have rescued 42 people who were stranded by floodwater at a supermarket in Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire.

VIDEO: 'My brother died in dark street'

Matilda Wellbelove talks about the death of her brother, Archie, who was hit by a taxi on a road where the street lighting had been switched off to save money.

VIDEO: Panto 'most difficult of all' acting

York Theatre Royal's long-serving panto dame, Berwick Kaler, tells BBC Breakfast what it takes to excel in the role of Widow Twanky or Mother Goose.

AUDIO: 'I never thought I'd see laptop again'

Stolen laptop containing the last photographs of a terminally ill child before she died has been returned to her family.