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Saturday 25th October 2014

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BBC news for Devon

'Bike thief' harbour body identified

A suspected bike thief who died after jumping into Sutton Harbour in Plymouth to escape the police is named as Darren Wakefield.

Storm-barrier work starts on beach

Diggers and bulldozers start shifting 10,000 tonnes of sand at a beach to protect a resort from winter storms.

Mother killer's minimum sentence cut

A woman who smothered her sick mother with a pillow wins a reduction to the time she must serve in prison before applying for parole.

Legal fight begins to save beavers

Campaigners start legal action to prevent the government from capturing a family of wild beavers.

Police 101 call-wait time 'up 450%'

Waiting times for 101 calls to a police force to be answered have risen by 450% since the service started, it emerges.

'No justice' after son's road death

A mother is furious a driver who killed her son was spared jail despite the judge hearing about a series of previous convictions.

Thieves steal shed but leave contents

Thieves steal a wooden shed from a home but leave its contents in the garden.

Live BBC World News

'Many exposed' to Mali Ebola girl

The authorities in Mali confirm the death of the country's first Ebola patient, a two-year-old girl, and say many people were exposed to her.

State of emergency imposed in Sinai

Egypt declares a three-month state of emergency in parts of the Sinai Peninsula after two attacks there killed at least 31 soldiers.

Google boss sets new skydive record

Google executive Alan Eustace breaks the world altitude record for a parachute jump set two years ago by Felix Baumgartner.

Life terms for Argentina jail crimes

An Argentine ex-police chief and ex-interior minister are among 15 people given life sentences for involvement in a torture centre in the 1970s.

One killed in US school shooting

One person was shot dead and four students wounded in a school by a student who then took his own life, police in the US state of Washington say.

Malaysia envoy appears in NZ court

A Malaysian diplomat appears briefly in court on charges of attempted rape in the New Zealand city of Wellington after being extradited.

US judge sentences Farc commander

A US judge has sentenced an ex-Colombian rebel to 27 years in prison for his role in the kidnapping of three American citizens in 2003.

BBC Sports News

Suarez gets help for impulse to bite

Luis Suarez gets professional help for an "impulse" to bite opponents ahead of his Barcelona debut against Real Madrid on Saturday.

Nadal confirms the end of his season

Fourteen-time Grand Slam title winner Rafael Nadal calls an end to his 2014 season as he prepares to undergo appendix surgery.

US golf boss sacked in Poulter row

Ted Bishop, president of the PGA of America, is sacked after calling Ian Poulter a "little girl" on social media.

The biggest game in club history?

History, wealth and worldwide appeal - why this weekend’s El Clasico really is a football match like no other.

Schmeichel angry at Neville comments

Peter Schmeichel criticises former Manchester United team-mate Gary Neville for his comments about Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet.

'Bike thief' harbour body identified

A suspected bike thief who died after jumping into Sutton Harbour in Plymouth to escape the police is named as Darren Wakefield.

Storm-barrier work starts on beach

Diggers and bulldozers start shifting 10,000 tonnes of sand at a beach to protect a resort from winter storms.

Mother killer's minimum sentence cut

A woman who smothered her sick mother with a pillow wins a reduction to the time she must serve in prison before applying for parole.

Legal fight begins to save beavers

Campaigners start legal action to prevent the government from capturing a family of wild beavers.

Police 101 call-wait time 'up 450%'

Waiting times for 101 calls to a police force to be answered have risen by 450% since the service started, it emerges.

'No justice' after son's road death

A mother is furious a driver who killed her son was spared jail despite the judge hearing about a series of previous convictions.

Thieves steal shed but leave contents

Thieves steal a wooden shed from a home but leave its contents in the garden.

AskTen - Ten amazing things you may not have known last week
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1. As increasing numbers of women delay having families while they build careers, figures revealed that one in five new mothers is aged 35 or older. The statistics for 2013 showed that 51 per cent of all live births were to mothers in their 30s. The average age of first-time mothers is now at a record high of 28.3 years. Nearly two-thirds of births were to fathers aged 30 and over. Office for National Statistics

2. FTSE 100 bosses earn 120 times more than the average worker. The average total earnings were £2.4m, rising to £3.3m for chief executives. According to research from Incomes Data Services, wage growth for the overall workforce trails well behind inflation, rising by 0.6% in the three months to July compared with the same period a year earlier. The Times.

3. High property costs mean that small and medium-sized businesses, the backbone of the UK economy, are finding it increasingly difficult to make a living in London. A study puts London 18th of 24 in its Small Business Cities Burden Index, below cities including New York, Dublin and Tokyo. Commercial rents in central London have increased by about 13.5% this year. Financial Times

4. Michael Jackson has topped Forbes’ list of high-earning dead celebrities. Over the last year the deceased pop legend generated a haul of $140m, almost three times as much as second-placed Elvis Presley, who made a comparatively poor $55m over the same period. Jacko's estate made a fortune on the back of his second posthumous album release Xscape. Daily Mail

5. British MPs have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a motion to recognise the state of Palestine. The motion was passed 274-12 after the first full debate on the issue since 2012. The result is not binding on the UK government and David Cameron has said the official non-recognition will not change. The Observer

6. Unruly dogs could be placed under ‘dogbos’ that come into force next week. The owners of dogs that aggressively chase cats, run wild in parks or “alarm” postmen could face criminal prosecution, fines of up to £20,000 or the prospect of theirs pets being seized. They could also be forced to neuter their pet and attend training classes. Daily Telegraph

7. The chief executive of the NHS is urging staff to take a lead in the anti-obesity fight by joining gyms. Simon Stevens says the NHS should become an agent for social change and lead by example as it is revealed that one in five young people and one in four adults in the UK now suffer from obesity, which each year causes 34,000 deaths and costs the NHS more than £1bn. Daily Express

8. The asking price for a forecourt in Mayfair with parking space for eight cars is an astonishing £2.25m. It is thought to be the most expensive London car park on record. The buyer will also need to pay a service charge and ground rent. The same sum would buy a 16th-century castle in Scotland or a six-bedroom villa in Ealing. Daily Mail

9. Apple, the inventor of the iPad and the iPhone, had the most valuable brand in the world for the second year running. The value of its fruity logo – created in 1977 by Rob Janoff, with a bite out of it to avoid confusion with a cherry, grew by 21% over the past year. New York Times

10. It costs $2bn per annum to launch water into space to sustain the astronauts on the International Space Station. The requirement is six tonnes per person. Daily Mail

The latest BBC Video News clips

VIDEO: Motor racing on Coventry's ring road

Motor sports hit Coventry's ring road in May as the council seizes upon a change in the law to boost the local economy.

VIDEO: 'Do you think I lack imagination?'

Russell Brand speaks to Newsnight about his "alternative to corporate hegemony".

VIDEO: Ashya King 'has really come along'

Ashya King's father said his son "has really come along" while under going proton beam therapy in Prague.

VIDEO: The Queen sends her first tweet

The Queen's has sent her first tweet - sent through the @BritishMonarchy account - heralding the launch of a major new exhibition at London's Science Museum.

VIDEO: Wales 'may be independent in 20 years'

Leanne Wood, leader of Plaid Cymru, has predicted Wales will be independent within "a generation".

VIDEO: Call to scrap term-time holiday ban

The ban on term-time holidays from school should be scrapped so head teachers can take a "common-sense approach", council leaders have suggested.

VIDEO: Scotland to reduce drink-drive limit

The Scottish government has announced plans to reduce the country's drink-drive limit in time for Christmas.

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