Press Association 2014 LATEST

Designer to stars de la Renta dies

Droitwich Advertiser: Designer Oscar de la Renta has died at 82 (AP)

4:34am Tuesday 21st October 2014

Former US first lady Laura Bush has led tributes to Oscar de la Renta, the worldly gentleman designer who shaped the wardrobe of socialites and Hollywood stars for more than 40 years.

New iPhones ring tills for Apple

Droitwich Advertiser: The new iPhone 6, left, and 6 Plus have helped Apple make a £5.3bn final quarter profit for 2014

12:35am Tuesday 21st October 2014

The record-breaking launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus means that technology giant Apple has reported net profit of 8.5 billion dollars (£5.3bn) for the final quarter of 2014.

Cancer nurse numbers 'reach peak'

Droitwich Advertiser: Macmillan has warned against complacency after research showed that around one in 10 people with cancer in England had not been assigned a cancer nurse

12:08am Tuesday 21st October 2014

The number of specialist adult cancer nurses in England has reached an all-time high, with more than 3,000 posts in the NHS, newly released figures show.

Delevingne makes young rich list

Droitwich Advertiser: Cara Delevingne in the Topshop catwalk show during London Fashion Week earlier this year.

12:08am Tuesday 21st October 2014

Model turned actress Cara Delevingne has become the highest new entry in an annual list of wealthy young stars.

Salisbury on top 10 cities list

Droitwich Advertiser: Salisbury in Wiltshire takes its place in among the best cities to visit in 2015

12:08am Tuesday 21st October 2014

Historic Salisbury has made it into a top 10 world cities' list chosen by travel guide Lonely Planet.

EU imposes more sanctions on Syria

Droitwich Advertiser: Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond.

12:08am Tuesday 21st October 2014

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has hailed fresh EU sanctions against the Syrian regime, describing Bashar Assad as the "cause of instability and conflict" in the country.

Ombudsman critical over on-the-runs

Droitwich Advertiser: Michael Maguire, Northern Ireland's police ombudsman

12:08am Tuesday 21st October 2014

Police in Northern Ireland can offer no satisfactory explanation for why they reviewed the cases of 36 republican terror fugitives whose status was changed from wanted to not wanted, a watchdog has found.

Greening to visit Sierra Leone

Droitwich Advertiser: International Development Secretary Justine Greening at the Conservative Party annual conference.

12:08am Tuesday 21st October 2014

International Development Secretary Justine Greening is joining British troops heading to Sierra Leone to help with the fight against Ebola.

'Gonzalo' set to disrupt air travel

Droitwich Advertiser: File pictures of City workers walking along London Bridge toward the station during a rain shower.

12:08am Tuesday 21st October 2014

Thousands of air passengers face severe travel disruption today after a glut of flights were cancelled due to high winds and heavy rain.

Family vows to stand by Pistorius

Droitwich Advertiser: Oscar Pistorius faces sentencing today for the death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

12:08am Tuesday 21st October 2014

The family of Oscar Pistorius say they will stand by the decorated Paralympian when he arrives in Pretoria for sentencing today for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Kate to greet Singapore president

Droitwich Advertiser: The Duchess of Cambridge will join the royal party

12:08am Tuesday 21st October 2014

The Duchess of Cambridge is expected today to take part in her first royal engagement since it was announced she is expecting her second child.

Spinal surgery breakthrough hailed

Droitwich Advertiser: The pioneering surgery will offer hope to those who have suffered spinal injuries

12:08am Tuesday 21st October 2014

A man completely paralysed from the waist down after his spinal cord was sliced in half in a stabbing attack is able to walk again after undergoing pioneering surgery.

Ad campaign targets benefit cheats

Droitwich Advertiser: The campaign appeals to the public to call the benefit fraud hotline if they suspect someone is claiming benefits illegally

12:04am Tuesday 21st October 2014

The Government is launching an advertising campaign targeted at nearly 50 towns and cities to urge claimants to report changes in their circumstances or risk a jail sentence.

Christmas words from the stars

Droitwich Advertiser: Joanna Lumley has given her voice to an album of seasonal poetry set to classical music, called Christmas Words For You

12:03am Tuesday 21st October 2014

Screen stars such as Joanna Lumley and Jim Broadbent are hoping to take the words of Shakespeare, Wordsworth, Blake and Betjeman into the album charts.

Nesbitt: Hobbit role 'frustrating'

Droitwich Advertiser: James Nesbitt found working on The Hobbit frustrating

12:03am Tuesday 21st October 2014

James Nesbitt has admitted that it was "frustrating" working on The Hobbit.

Delevingne makes young rich list

Droitwich Advertiser: Cara Delevingne has entered Heat magazine's rich list of under 30s

12:03am Tuesday 21st October 2014

Cara Delevingne has become the highest new entry in an annual list of wealthy young stars.

Van Gaal: We can catch Chelsea

Droitwich Advertiser: Louis van Gaal is bullish about his side's title chances

11:31pm Monday 20th October 2014

Louis van Gaal insists Manchester United can still close the gap to Chelsea at the top of the Barclays Premier League.

McIlroy to swap course for court

Droitwich Advertiser: A court appearance beckons for Rory McIlroy early next year

11:14pm Monday 20th October 2014

World number one Rory McIlroy faces a break from the sport as a Dublin courtroom is poised to take centre stage rather than a golf course early next year.

Taarabt hits back at Redknapp

Droitwich Advertiser: Adel Taarabt, pictured, has hit back at QPR manager Harry Redknapp

11:05pm Monday 20th October 2014

QPR forward Adel Taarabt has hit back at manager Harry Redknapp over claims that he is overweight and unfit to play.

United force draw with the Baggies

Droitwich Advertiser: Manchester United's Daley Blind ,right, scores his sides second goal of the game

10:12pm Monday 20th October 2014

Daley Blind rescued a late point for Manchester United as they were held to a 2-2 draw at West Brom.

Nadal beats appendicitis to win

Droitwich Advertiser: Rafael Nadal was back on form in Basle despite fighting appendicitis

9:33pm Monday 20th October 2014

Rafael Nadal returned to winning ways just a fortnight after being diagnosed with appendicitis.

McFadden is shadow Europe minister

Droitwich Advertiser: Pat McFadden was a minister in Gordon Brown's government

8:49pm Monday 20th October 2014

Ed Miliband has moved to sharpen up Labour's message on the EU by appointing former minister Pat McFadden to his frontbench team.

How Harry Potter star grew horns

Droitwich Advertiser: Daniel Radcliffe and Juno Temple attend the UK premiere of Horns at the Odeon West End, central London

8:49pm Monday 20th October 2014

Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe revealed how he listened to Radiohead to help him find his dark side for his new film Horns.

Greens lead Lib Dems in new poll

Droitwich Advertiser: Leader Caroline Lucas at the Green Party conference

8:48pm Monday 20th October 2014

The Greens have overtaken the Liberal Democrats in the latest poll.

Family vows to stand by Pistorius

Droitwich Advertiser: Oscar Pistorius will be sentenced for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

8:48pm Monday 20th October 2014

The family of Oscar Pistorius say they will stand by the decorated Paralympian as he prepares to learn whether he will be jailed over the death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

EU imposes more sanctions on Syria

Droitwich Advertiser: Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond welcomed the sanctions

8:48pm Monday 20th October 2014

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has hailed fresh EU sanctions against the Syrian regime, describing Bashar Assad as the "cause of instability and conflict" in the country.

Mourinho vents fury over Costa

Droitwich Advertiser: An injury to Chelsea's Diego Costa, pictured, has infuriated Jose Mourinho

7:40pm Monday 20th October 2014

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has hit out at Spain coach Vicente del Bosque as he prepares to face Maribor in the Champions League without injured striker Diego Costa.

How Harry Potter star grew horns

Droitwich Advertiser: Daniel Radcliffe attends the UK premiere of Horns at the Odeon West End, central London.

7:34pm Monday 20th October 2014

Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe revealed how he listened to Radiohead to help him find his dark side for his new film Horns.

Victims await revenge porn ban vote

Droitwich Advertiser: Victims of 'revenge porn', Hazel Higgleton (left) and Hannah Thompson outside Parliament before a vote on a move to ban the practice

6:13pm Monday 20th October 2014

Banning revenge porn will give victims more confidence of getting justice, campaigners have said ahead of a crucial vote to make the cruel craze illegal.

FIA sets up Accident Panel

Droitwich Advertiser: Ross Brawn is to become a member of the FIA's newly-formed Accident Panel

5:37pm Monday 20th October 2014

Ross Brawn, Emerson Fittipaldi and Stefano Domenicali are just three of the high-profile names on a 10-strong FIA Accident Panel formed in the wake of Jules Bianchi's horrific crash in Japan a fortnight ago.

X Factor act plans Cowell revenge

Droitwich Advertiser: Chloe Jasmine is the latest act to leave The X Factor

5:30pm Monday 20th October 2014

The X Factor singer Chloe Jasmine has revealed she is planning to get her revenge on Simon Cowell - by making his namesake run around in circles inside a cage.

Cotter hails skipper Gilchrist

Droitwich Advertiser: Grant Gilchrist will captain Scotland next month

5:27pm Monday 20th October 2014

Scotland head coach Vern Cotter has hailed Grant Gilchrist as a "born leader" after naming him as captain of a 33-man squad heading into the autumn internationals.

Tiernan-Locke hoping for return

Droitwich Advertiser: Jonathan Tiernan-Locke is serving a two-year ban

5:26pm Monday 20th October 2014

Jonathan Tiernan-Locke, who is currently serving a two-year doping suspension, is not ready to quit racing just yet.

Holden: Cheeky pic is Gaga tribute

Droitwich Advertiser: Amanda Holden showed off her bare bottom on Twitter

5:20pm Monday 20th October 2014

Amanda Holden has said her bottom flash is a "homage" to Lady Gaga.

Dame Judi learns new poem every day

Droitwich Advertiser: Dame Judi Dench learns a new poem or word every day to keep her mind active

5:20pm Monday 20th October 2014

Dame Judi Dench has revealed she learns a new poem or word every day to keep her mind active after a survey found nearly half of pensioners were concerned about life in older age.

DJ Mike Read in Ukip single release

Droitwich Advertiser: DJ Mike Read has released his ode to Ukip

5:20pm Monday 20th October 2014

Former Radio 1 DJ Mike Read has launched a bid for chart success with a song singing the praises of Ukip and its leader Nigel Farage.

New ITV deal for Jonathan Ross

Droitwich Advertiser: Jonathan Ross is sticking with ITV

5:20pm Monday 20th October 2014

Jonathan Ross has signed a deal to keep him on ITV until at least the end of next year, the broadcaster has announced.

Pellegrini retains faith in Toure

Droitwich Advertiser: Man City's Yaya Toure will play against CSKA Moscow on Tuesday

4:55pm Monday 20th October 2014

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini believes Yaya Toure is ready to deliver as he returns to the scene of last year's Russian controversy.

Williams makes winning start

Droitwich Advertiser: Serena Williams got off to a winning start (AP)

4:08pm Monday 20th October 2014

Defending champion Serena Williams opened the WTA Finals with her 16th consecutive victory at the end-of-season tournament.

Balls confirms mansion tax plans

Droitwich Advertiser: Ed Balls said "asset-rich cash-poor" home owners will be able to defer their bills until they sell or pass on their property under Labour's mansion tax plans

3:44pm Monday 20th October 2014

Owners of properties worth between £2-3 million would pay an extra £3,000 a year under Labour's mansion tax plans, Ed Balls has confirmed.

Man held over Premier League drone

Droitwich Advertiser: Undated handout photo issued by Greater Manchester Police of a drone, which was flown over a packed football stadium at the weekend

3:17pm Monday 20th October 2014

A suspected drone pilot has been arrested after a device was flown over a packed football stadium, police have said.

'Not all paedophiles' face justice

Droitwich Advertiser: Many suspected paedophiles will escape prosecution, it is claimed

2:51pm Monday 20th October 2014

Not all suspected paedophiles can be brought to justice, one of Britain's crime-fighting chiefs has admitted.

Riley receives Monk letter

Droitwich Advertiser: Mike Riley will look into Sunday's controversy at the Britannia Stadium

1:52pm Monday 20th October 2014

The Premier League says referees chief Mike Riley will contact Swansea manager Garry Monk this week but insist that a letter and DVD from the Welsh club only arrived at its offices earlier on Monday.

Cancer fraudster admits charges

Droitwich Advertiser: Danielle Watson pleaded guilty at Basildon Crown Court, sitting in Southend

1:50pm Monday 20th October 2014

A young mother has admitted defrauding friends and kindhearted strangers out of thousands of pounds by claiming she had terminal cancer.

Loose Women tributes for Bellingham

Droitwich Advertiser: Lynda Bellingham has been fondly remembered by the Loose Women panel

1:26pm Monday 20th October 2014

Lynda Bellingham's co-stars on Loose Women paid a tearful tribute to her on the show only hours after her death was announced.

Bank glitch delays house moves

Droitwich Advertiser: A 'technical issue' at the Bank of England has hit payment transfers

1:01pm Monday 20th October 2014

Thousands of property purchases were thrown into turmoil today as the Bank of England system used to transfer hundreds of billions of payments between lenders was hit by a technical glitch.

Radio 1 rebuked over swearing

Droitwich Advertiser: Lily Allen performing during Radio 1's Big Weekend in Glasgow

12:48pm Monday 20th October 2014

Radio 1 has been rebuked by watchdog Ofcom for breaching the broadcasting code with swearing during its Big Weekend.

Mike Read defends Ukip Calypso

Droitwich Advertiser: Read was a Radio 1 DJ for more than 10 years

12:43pm Monday 20th October 2014

Former Radio 1 DJ Mike Read has defended his Ukip Calypso as "simply a bit of fun" after some listeners took offence at his mock Caribbean accent.

Radio 1 rebuked over swearing

Droitwich Advertiser: Lily Allen swore while performing during the Radio 1's Big Weekend in Glasgow

12:40pm Monday 20th October 2014

Radio 1 has been rebuked by watchdog Ofcom for breaching the broadcasting code with swearing during its Big Weekend.

Gay kiss couple 'thrown off bus'

Droitwich Advertiser: An investigation is under way after a gay couple were allegedly thrown off a bus after the driver objected to them kissing

12:24pm Monday 20th October 2014

Transport chiefs have launched an investigation after a gay couple were reportedly thrown off a bus for kissing.

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