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Friday 21st November 2014
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BBC news for Staffordshire

Health group told to stay out of HS2

A major health promotion body is told not to interfere in a tussle between Stoke-on-Trent and Cheshire East councils about which should get an HS2 link.

'World War One trench' built in city

A replica World War One trench is built in a city centre to give people an insight into the conflict.

Delay-hit A&E department gets £5.5m

The government is to spend an extra £5.5m supporting a delay-hit A&E department in Stoke-on-Trent.

More police cleared over murder probe

Nine police officers, including two chief constables, will face no criminal charges over the investigation into the death of a man shot in an "execution-style" killing.

Woman killed in collision with car

A woman is hit and killed by a car in Staffordshire.

Arboretum tops 'lottery' place poll

Arboretum tops National Lottery poll

Alfreton sign Vale keeper Johnson

Alfreton Town sign goalkeeper Sam Johnson on a one-month loan deal from League One side Port Vale.

Sheffield United 2-0 Crewe Alexandra

Ryan Flynn scores twice to put Sheffield United into the FA Cup second round after an ultimately comfortable win over Crewe.

Live BBC World News

Obama enforces immigration overhaul

Barack Obama uses executive powers to force through immigration reform, removing the threat of deportation for up to five million people.

Mass protests in Mexico over missing

Relatives of 43 missing Mexican students, who the authorities say were murdered by a drugs gang, lead mass protests in the capital city.

Japanese PM Abe dissolves parliament

Japan's PM Shinzo Abe dissolves parliament paving the way for a snap election in December, as local media polls show a low level of support.

Dutch Syria girl to appear in court

A Dutch teenager whose mother helped bring her back from the conflict in Syria is due to appear in court on suspicion of threatening state security.

Greste family appeal to Egypt's Sisi

The parents of jailed Australian Al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste make a direct appeal to Egypt's President Sisi for his release.

'No extension' on Iran nuclear deal

The US secretary of state says talks in Vienna will focus on "driving towards" a nuclear deal with Iran as diplomats brace for tough negotiation.

Malaysia diplomat denies NZ charges

A Malaysian diplomat accused of sexual assault and burglary in New Zealand pleads not guilty to his charges in Wellington.

December start for Nicaragua canal

Nicaragua says construction of its $50bn inter-oceanic canal will begin next month after feasibility studies are approved.

BBC Sports News

Whelan sorry for 'offensive' comments

Wigan owner Dave Whelan apologises for comments about Jewish and Chinese people in a controversial newspaper interview.

Friday's gossip column

Manchester United to sign Jan Vertonghen and Kevin Strootman, Chelsea give players time off, plus more.

Youngs relishing scrum-half battle

England's Ben Youngs believes competition is as keen as ever for the scrum-half position on Stuart Lancaster's team.

Taylor reiterates call for quota

Players' union chief Gordon Taylor says Premier League clubs should field at least three English players in their starting XIs.

Maidstone United 2-1 Stevenage

Frannie Collin's late header beats Stevenage and sends Maidstone into the second round of the FA Cup to face Wrexham.

Health group told to stay out of HS2

A major health promotion body is told not to interfere in a tussle between Stoke-on-Trent and Cheshire East councils about which should get an HS2 link.

'World War One trench' built in city

A replica World War One trench is built in a city centre to give people an insight into the conflict.

Delay-hit A&E department gets £5.5m

The government is to spend an extra £5.5m supporting a delay-hit A&E department in Stoke-on-Trent.

More police cleared over murder probe

Nine police officers, including two chief constables, will face no criminal charges over the investigation into the death of a man shot in an "execution-style" killing.

Woman killed in collision with car

A woman is hit and killed by a car in Staffordshire.

Arboretum tops 'lottery' place poll

Arboretum tops National Lottery poll

Alfreton sign Vale keeper Johnson

Alfreton Town sign goalkeeper Sam Johnson on a one-month loan deal from League One side Port Vale.

Sheffield United 2-0 Crewe Alexandra

Ryan Flynn scores twice to put Sheffield United into the FA Cup second round after an ultimately comfortable win over Crewe.

AskTen - Ten amazing things you may not have known last week
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1. Trick-or-treating is believed to have stemmed from the superstition that ghosts could disguise themselves in human form and knock on doors to ask for money or food. If they were denied, the spirit could then curse or haunt the person who refused. New York Times

2. British workers are the worst savers in Europe, according to data from the European Commission. Brits save just 9.9% of everything they earn – less than half the proportion in France and below the levels in economically troubled nations such as Spain and Portugal. Experts say the news is evidence of a "dramatic" change in culture in Britain. Daily Mail

3. Argentina has called on Britain to close its military base in the Falklands, insisting that there is “absolutely no chance of another invasion from the mainland”. The Buenos Aires special secretary for the Falklands said Britain should follow its withdrawal from Afghanistan by leaving the South Atlantic territory. The Times

4. Facebook now has as many users as there are people in China. The social network giant announced the statistic as it revealed that profits nearly doubled to more than $1bn. The number of users checking into Facebook at least once a month has risen by 14% to 1.35bn in the third quarter. However, it warned that spending will increase sharply next year and its revenue growth will slow in the fourth quarter. The Guardian

5. According to British Geological Survey, the largest known British earthquake happened near the Dogger Bank in 1931, with a magnitude of 6.1. Fortunately, it was 60 miles offshore but was still powerful enough to cause damage to buildings on the east coast of England. The Times

6. Contrary to myth, Michelangelo did not spend four years lying on his back painting the ceiling of the Sisteen Chapel, but was stood up on a platform he designed himself. He initially did not want to take on the project as he considered himself to be a sculptor and not a painter. Daily Telegraph

7. Victoria Beckham has been named Britain’s entrepreneur of the year, reports the BBC. The former Spice Girl topped a list of the UK’s top 100 entrepreneurs compiled by Management Today magazine. The journal heaped praise on Beckham for her "finely tuned business acumen" for expanding her fashion empire into a business with a £30m turnover and a staff of 100. Daily Telegraph

8. A global top 50 of the world’s most innovative companies features just one UK firm, reports the Daily Telegraph. Unilever, which spends almost £1bn a year on new inventions and employs 6,000 people in R&D, squeezed into the list at 49. Virgin and BP, which made the cut last year, had dropped out. Tech firms dominated the top 10 of the chart, which was put together by US-based Boston Consulting Group. Financial Times

9. More than two thirds of Britons do not believe military intervention in Afghanistan was worthwhile and 42% say the UK is less safe as a result of the 13-year operation. The BBC survey comes as the last British troops leave Helmand province and after Camp Bastion was handed over to Afghan forces. Daily Mail

10. More than 700 passengers from 58 countries have already booked a flight on Virgin Galactic at a cost of £150,000 per ticket. Top Gear

The latest BBC Video News clips

VIDEO: 'Bed blockers face legal action'

A hospital is to give so-called "bed blockers" seven days to leave or face possible legal action, saying that too many families are refusing to take elderly relatives home.

VIDEO: 'I could hear people crying for help'

One of the survivors of the 1974 Birmingham pub bombs, Robyn Tighe, who was 19 at the time, has spoken for the first time.

VIDEO: Town stands up to Islamic radicalism

The BBC's Duncan Kennedy reports from a conference in Slough, where members of the public from teachers to taxi drives have come together to take a stand against Islamic radicalism.

VIDEO: £3bn to fix crumbling Westminster

Taxpayers may have to spend more than £3bn to stop the Palace of Westminster turning into an unusable "ruin", the BBC has learned.

VIDEO: Domestic abuse victims 'turned away'

A leading charity is warning that refuge centres are having to turn a third of people away because of a lack of space.

VIDEO: The Bristol bus powered by poo

Britain's first Bio-Bus, nicknamed "the number two," powered by human and food waste has taken to the roads in Bristol.

VIDEO: Sturgeon becomes Scotland's first minister

The SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon is sworn in as Scotland's first minister.

VIDEO: Stunt biker's loop on Thames barge

Bicycle stunt rider Danny MacAskill's latest challenge took place on the River Thames, as he performed a rarely seen loop-the-loop in front of the London Eye.