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Wednesday 1st April 2015

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BBC news for Devon

Woman faces seven-figure fraud charge

A woman is charged in connection with a multimillion-pound fraud and money laundering operation.

Blind darts wizard in benefits probe

A blind man who threw a 180 during a charity darts marathon is investigated for benefit fraud after someone complained he was "too good".

Slavery trial halted over interpreter

The trial of five people accused of trafficking men into the UK is adjourned after concerns are raised about one of the interpreters.

Mercy for samurai sword vigilante

A man who held a 3ft samurai sword to the throat of a 16-year-old boy he thought had stolen from his grandmother avoids a prison sentence.

Man jailed for road rage stabbing

A care worker is jailed for 10 years for stabbing another driver in a road rage attack.

Troubled hospital gets top award

The Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust given the gold standard for end of life care.

Plymouth set for Atlantic race start

Up to 200,000 people are expected to visit Plymouth for the revival of the Transat solo professional yacht race in May 2016.

A&E misses target for nine months

The emergency department at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth has missed the four-hour waiting time target for the last nine months, a report says.

Live BBC World News

Nigeria's Buhari hails poll victory

The winner of Nigeria's presidential election, Muhammadu Buhari, hails a "vote for change" and thanks beaten rival Goodluck Jonathan.

Alps crash video 'must be handed in'

A lead investigator into the Germanwings crash calls for anyone with footage of the disaster to hand it over to the authorities.

Joni Mitchell in 'intensive care'

Singer songwriter Joni Mitchell is in intensive care in a Los Angeles hospital after being found unconscious at her home.

Intruders raid Turkey AKP office

Intruders enter an office of Turkey's ruling AK Party in Istanbul, a day after a prosecutor was taken hostage and killed in the city.

'Key issues' delay Iran nuclear deal

The UK says key issues still need to be tackled at talks on Iran's nuclear programme but agrees there is "a broad framework of understanding".

China building 'great wall of sand'

The scale of China's land reclamation in the South China Sea is leading to "serious questions" on its intentions, a top US official says.

Meshaal warns of Israeli 'extremism'

The political leader of the Palestinian group Hamas, Khaled Meshaal, tells the BBC the results of Israel's elections will diminish hopes for peace.

Getty heir found dead in LA home

Andrew Getty, the grandson of J Paul Getty and one of the heirs to the family fortune, is found dead at home, his parents confirm.

BBC Sports News

Townsend hopes to 'silence critics'

Andros Townsend hopes he has "silenced" his critics after his equaliser earned England a 1-1 friendly draw in Italy.

Portugal 0-2 Cape Verde Islands

Portugal rest captain Cristiano Ronaldo and suffer a shock defeat at home to African side Cape Verde Islands.

Wasps' Hughes banned for North blow

Wasps forward Nathan Hughes is banned for three weeks for "striking with the knee and/or shin" against Northampton.

Blatter ready to change - Rummenigge

Fifa president Sepp Blatter is "ready to change", according to the man who represents more than 200 of Europe's clubs.

Woman faces seven-figure fraud charge

A woman is charged in connection with a multimillion-pound fraud and money laundering operation.

Blind darts wizard in benefits probe

A blind man who threw a 180 during a charity darts marathon is investigated for benefit fraud after someone complained he was "too good".

Slavery trial halted over interpreter

The trial of five people accused of trafficking men into the UK is adjourned after concerns are raised about one of the interpreters.

Mercy for samurai sword vigilante

A man who held a 3ft samurai sword to the throat of a 16-year-old boy he thought had stolen from his grandmother avoids a prison sentence.

Man jailed for road rage stabbing

A care worker is jailed for 10 years for stabbing another driver in a road rage attack.

Troubled hospital gets top award

The Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust given the gold standard for end of life care.

Plymouth set for Atlantic race start

Up to 200,000 people are expected to visit Plymouth for the revival of the Transat solo professional yacht race in May 2016.

A&E misses target for nine months

The emergency department at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth has missed the four-hour waiting time target for the last nine months, a report says.

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: Landmark London clothes shop closes

A celebrated women’s clothes shop that has been serving customers in north London for more than 80 years is closing its doors for the final time today.

VIDEO: Labour: 'Increase tax on high earners'

Ed Miliband criticises zero-hours contracts for the "insecurity" they create for workers.

VIDEO: Business support 'unprecedented'

George Osborne claims that a letter of support written by business leaders is an "unprecedented intervention" into the election campaign.

VIDEO: Palestinian 'tricked' over Banksy art

A Palestinian man says he was 'tricked' into selling a mural by the artist, Banksy, that is estimated to be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

VIDEO: Care shake-up 'biggest in 60 years'

Changes to the system of care for elderly and disabled people in England described as the "biggest shake-up in 60 years".

VIDEO: £135k to move voles: Money well spent?

£135,000 was spent relocating water voles so work could begin dredging two Somerset rivers in 2014.

VIDEO: Farmers' fear as milk quotas scrapped

Quotas regulating how much milk can be produced in Europe have been scrapped, more than 30 years after they were introduced.

VIDEO: Bandleader Last bows out

Bandleader and composer James last talks to David Sillito as he performs his last shows in Britain before his retirement

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