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Friday 31st October 2014

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BBC news for Devon

Last day for coastguard station

The coastguard station at Brixham in Devon is closing later in a shake-up of rescue services.

Man jailed over child sex assault

A man is jailed for five years for sexually assaulting a girl under the age of 13.

Mystery of war medal found in a well

A World War One medal discovered down a well 30 years ago in Scotland is handed over to the soldier's descendants in Exeter.

Care home abuse accused in court

Twenty-two people appear in court charged over the alleged abuse of vulnerable adults at former care homes in Devon.

NHS steps up action on infection

NHS bosses issue new guidance to health professionals alerting them to the signs of a deadly infection of the bloodstream.

Met Office supercomputer confirmed

Met Office £97m supercomputer confirmed

England's strange winter rituals

Devon's flaming barrels part of the "dark season"

Live BBC World News

Burkina Faso leader 'to stay on'

Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore says he will stay in power for a year under a transitional government, despite violent protests.

Key Jerusalem holy site reopens

Israel reopens a key Jerusalem holy site after its temporary closure following the shooting of a prominent Jewish activist.

Russia-Ukraine deal secures EU gas

Russia will resume gas deliveries to Ukraine this winter in a deal brokered by the European Union, which will also safeguard supplies to EU countries.

Charity warns US on Ebola quarantine

Charity Doctors Without Borders warns some mandatory US state Ebola quarantine measures are having a "chilling effect" on its work.

Myanmar in rare multi-party talks

Myanmar's president is holding rare roundtable talks with the opposition, military and ethnic groups, as the US calls for "credible" elections next year.

Hungary shelves toxic internet tax

Hungary shelves a proposed tax on internet data traffic after tens of thousands of Hungarians marched against it.

Evacuations amid Costa Rica eruption

Costa Rica issues an alert and evacuates communities after ash from the Turrialba volcano reaches the capital, San Jose, and beyond.

BBC Sports News

Murray seals World Tour Finals place

Andy Murray books his place at the World Tour Finals with an emphatic victory over Grigor Dimitrov at the Paris Masters.

VIDEO: Halloween: Sporting horrors of 2014

In honour of Halloween, BBC Sport looks back at some of 2014's more 'horrifying' moments, including the shocks, the slips, the trips and the unexpected.

Miracle of Istanbul is dream ticket

Liverpool's miraculous turnaround in the 2005 Champions League final is your #BBCDreamTicket.

Celtic's Tonev hit with racism ban

Celtic winger Aleksandar Tonev is banned for seven matches for "using abusive language of a racist nature".

Grant urges action over gender gap

Sports Minister Helen Grant tells the inaugural Transforming Sport conference there is work to do to improve female participation.

Last day for coastguard station

The coastguard station at Brixham in Devon is closing later in a shake-up of rescue services.

Man jailed over child sex assault

A man is jailed for five years for sexually assaulting a girl under the age of 13.

Mystery of war medal found in a well

A World War One medal discovered down a well 30 years ago in Scotland is handed over to the soldier's descendants in Exeter.

Care home abuse accused in court

Twenty-two people appear in court charged over the alleged abuse of vulnerable adults at former care homes in Devon.

NHS steps up action on infection

NHS bosses issue new guidance to health professionals alerting them to the signs of a deadly infection of the bloodstream.

Met Office supercomputer confirmed

Met Office £97m supercomputer confirmed

England's strange winter rituals

Devon's flaming barrels part of the "dark season"

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

The latest BBC Video News clips

VIDEO: Poppy hijab for Remembrance

A young fashion designer from London has decided to mark Remembrance Day by creating a special "poppy hijab" for Muslim women.

VIDEO: Lab for world’s worst animal viruses

A look around a new lab at Pirbright Institute in Surrey, where the world’s most contagious livestock viruses will be kept.

VIDEO: Where people openly smoke marijuana

The BBC's Anna Holligan visited a cafe in Amsterdam where people smoke as much marijuana as they like, and the government gets a share of the proceeds.

VIDEO: Tower poppies artist hails volunteers

The artist behind a project to place almost 900,000 ceramic poppies around the Tower of London says he is surprised and happy that so many people have "taken it to heart".

VIDEO: UK national sperm bank starts work

A UK national sperm bank - charged with reversing a growing shortage of donor sperm - has started work in Birmingham.

AUDIO: Punk poet's praise for Michael Gove

John Cooper Clarke says Michael Gove was "right" to support the learning of poetry by rote.

VIDEO: Stars lend voices to poppy appeal

Celebrities such as Joanna Lumley and Arsene Wenger lend their voices to a fundraising campaign for London Poppy Day.

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