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BBC News: Space project will go on - Branson
Saturday 1st November 2014


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BBC news for Staffordshire

Men killed in fireworks blaze named

Two men killed in an explosion and blaze at a fireworks warehouse in Stafford are identified as a 41-year-old employee and a 57-year-old customer.

Police cautions 'to be scrapped'

The use of police cautions - where those who commit minor offences are given a formal warning - is set to be scrapped Staffordshire.

Stafford health trust services end

Services at the scandal-hit Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust are transferred to alternative health trusts.

Queen opens JLR manufacturing centre

The Queen formally opens a £500m Jaguar Land Rover engine manufacturing centre on the Staffordshire-Wolverhampton border.

VIDEO: Potteries' poppies nearly complete

The final pieces of one of the world's most striking commemorative displays are being put into place in London.

VIDEO: Political week in 60 seconds

The political headlines from the West Midlands

VIDEO: Who is the top dog at Westminster?

Who does this fine canine belong to?

Live BBC World News

Space project will go on - Branson

Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson vows to continue his space tourism venture despite the SpaceShipTwo craft crashing in the US, killing a pilot.

Army backs new Burkina Faso leader

Burkina Faso military chiefs back Lt-Col Isaac Zida as transitional president, an army statement says, appearing to end confusion over who is in charge.

Funeral of murdered SA footballer

Tens of thousands of mourners are attending the funeral of murdered South African football captain Senzo Meyiwa.

IS militants kill 50 from Iraq tribe

Islamic State militants have killed at least 50 members of an Iraqi tribe in a western province, officials say, after mass graves were found nearby.

Egypt jails 'gay wedding video' men

Egypt court sentences eight men to three years in prison for appearing in a video alleged to be of a gay marriage.

Bangladesh hit by major blackouts

Bangladesh is hit by major power blackouts after a power line connecting the country to India's electricity grid failed, reports say.

Boko Haram denies ceasefire claim

Militant group Boko Haram denies claims by Nigeria's government that it has agreed to a ceasefire and will release 219 abducted girls.

BBC Sports News

Van Gaal keen to exploit City form

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal hopes his team can exploit Manchester City's dip in form at the Etihad on Sunday.

Forget jumpers... your best makeshift goalposts

Trees, plastic bottles, beds and thorn bushes...BBC Sport readers reveal all about their best makeshift goalposts.

Hamilton top in second US practice

Lewis Hamilton narrowly edges Mercedes team-mate and title rival Nico Rosberg to fastest time in second practice at the US Grand Prix.

England can beat Aussies - Robinson

England can beat Australia for the first time in 19 years in the Four Nations on Sunday, says ex-winger Jason Robinson.

Djokovic ends Murray's winning run

Andy Murray's 11-match winning run comes to an end with defeat by Novak Djokovic in the Paris Masters quarter-finals.

Men killed in fireworks blaze named

Two men killed in an explosion and blaze at a fireworks warehouse in Stafford are identified as a 41-year-old employee and a 57-year-old customer.

Police cautions 'to be scrapped'

The use of police cautions - where those who commit minor offences are given a formal warning - is set to be scrapped Staffordshire.

Stafford health trust services end

Services at the scandal-hit Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust are transferred to alternative health trusts.

Queen opens JLR manufacturing centre

The Queen formally opens a £500m Jaguar Land Rover engine manufacturing centre on the Staffordshire-Wolverhampton border.

VIDEO: Potteries' poppies nearly complete

The final pieces of one of the world's most striking commemorative displays are being put into place in London.

VIDEO: Political week in 60 seconds

The political headlines from the West Midlands

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
http://askten.co.uk


1. Overtime payments at the Passport Office topped £2.5million in a month during a chaotic summer in which holidaymakers’ plans were put in jeopardy, figures show. The then-government agency paid out £6.75million to staff for working extra hours during July, August and September as they tried to clear a backlog of thousands of applications. Daily Mail

2. The number of people earning less than £7.69 an hour increased by 250,000 last year to reach 5.2 million. The increase partly reflected growth in employment, but there was also a reverse in the previous year’s slight fall in low-paid work. Workers in Britain are more likely to be low paid than those in comparable economies such as Germany and Australia. Resolution Foundation.

3. Schools are being urged to hold lessons in body confidence as a new survey reveals that one in four Britons is depressed by their appearance. A new project called Be Real aims to tackle the issue which campaigners say is trapping millions of people in the UK in an unhealthy cycle of depression, short-term dieting, cosmetic intervention and eating disorders. Daily Express

4. One of Apple’s first pre-assembled computers - the Apple-1 - has been sold for a record $905,000 (£565,000) at an auction in New York. The motherboard is one of around 50 Apple-1 computers that were first manufactured by Steve Wozniak in the garage of his Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in 1976. Few of the devices have survived, and the latest sale has fetched the highest price yet thanks to its mint condition.

5. Fewer teenagers scored at least five C grades in their GCSEs, including English and maths, this year amid major changes to the exams and school league tables, official figures show. In total, just over half (52.6%) of pupils in England reached the five A*-C including the basics benchmark, according to statistics published by the Department for Education (DfE). Daily Mail

6. Foreign criminals are costing taxpayers £850m a year with thousands living in the community instead of being deported. Of the 4,200 foreign national offenders living in the community, one in six - 760 - have absconded, according to a National Audit Office (NAO) report. Those missing included 58 “high harm” individuals who have been missing since 2010, the report said. The Times

7. The Star Wars character of Chewbacca was inspired by director George Lucas’ big, hairy Alaskan malamute dog Indiana - who would always sit in the passenger seat of his car like a co-pilot. The dog was also the inspiration behind the name of one of Lucas’ other creations, Indiana Jones. BBC

8. A recent study of 188 countries found that more than half the planet’s 671 million obese people live in just ten countries – with one in ten of them living in the United States, where a third of adults are obese. The UK did not make the top ten. The Independent

9. With a population of just 40,000, Salisbury is one of Britain’s smaller cities. Yet it has beaten London – as well as Paris and New York – to be named one of the top ten in the world. Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015 ranked Salisbury seventh in its list. The Observer

10. Queen Elizabeth sent her first tweet during a visit to the Science Museum in London. The 88-year-odl monarch formally opened the museum’s new Information Age Galleries by touching a tablet scree to send her first message around the world. The tweeted through the @britishmonarchy account, which has 733,000 followers. Daily Telegraph

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Researchers claim they have found a security flaw with Visa contactless payment cards.

VIDEO: On board Knox-Johnston's yacht

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the Briton who in the 1960s became the first person to sail round the world on his own without stopping, is about to return to ocean racing at the age of 75.

VIDEO: Police cautions 'to be scrapped'

The government is planning to scrap the use of police cautions - where those who commit minor offences are given a formal warning - in England and Wales.

VIDEO: Model pupils refused student loans

Bright students from state schools are at a risk of missing out on university because of their uncertain immigration status.

VIDEO: UK travellers warned of terror threat

British travellers have been warned they could be targeted by terrorists seeking revenge for UK air strikes against Islamic State (IS) militants.

VIDEO: Forty years riding Wall of Death

Ken Fox and his family are celebrating 40 years riding the Wall of Death - they invited BBC Breakfast's Mike Bushell to join in.

VIDEO: What next for child abuse inquiry?

Home Secretary Theresa May has promised to consult victims groups before appointing a successor to Fiona Woolf to lead the official inquiry into historical child abuse.