National & Local News
Live national & local news feeds courtesy of the BBC
The latest stories from the UK section of the BBC News web site.
- PM to outline migrant benefit curbs
David Cameron is to set out plans to curb welfare benefits for migrants from the EU - after figures revealed net migration had risen above 2010 levels.
- Police attend 'Black Friday' crowds
Crowd surge fears at four supermarkets in London spark calls to police as shoppers hunt for bargains on the peak shopping day imported from America.
- Hunted man held over double murder
A man is arrested on suspicion of murdering a couple whose bodies were found at their village home.
- Mental health deaths as beds cut
Seven mental health patients have killed themselves in England since 2012 after being told there were no hospital beds for them, the BBC learns.
- Adoption row council 'was biased'
A couple say a local authority set out to adopt their grandson despite the fact they wanted to care for him and his elder brother.
- Children tested for Ebola on Tyneside
Two young patients who have spent time in Africa are tested at a hospital in Newcastle for Ebola after displaying viral symptoms.
- Craig Whyte held at Heathrow Airport
Former Rangers owner Craig Whyte is arrested after arriving in the UK from Mexico where he had been detained.
- 'Too few' toddlers having flu vaccine
Too few toddlers and young children are having the seasonal flu vaccine, the chief medical officer for England warns.
- Search for teachers 'may go abroad'
A continuing teacher recruitment shortage may prompt schools to look abroad for new teachers, experts say.
- CofE schools chief's terror law fear
Plans that require schools to help prevent pupils becoming radicalised place too much of a burden on education regulator Ofsted, the chief Church of England education officer says.
- Mitchell called PCs plebs, judge says
A judge says he is satisfied former chief whip Andrew Mitchell called police officers "plebs" as he rules against the MP in a High Court libel action.
- Social media told to simplify terms
A report from the UK parliament says Facebook, Twitter and other social networking firms need to make their terms and conditions clearer.
- Peter Kay brings back Phoenix Nights
Peter Kay is bringing back his hit TV show Phoenix Nights for two live shows in aid of Comic Relief.
- War and Peace to take over Radio 4
A 10-hour production of Tolstoy's epic novel War and Peace, featuring John Hurt, will dominate BBC Radio 4's output on New Year's Day.
- Rail and bus fares could increase
Rail and bus fare increases above the 3% rate of inflation "cannot be ruled out" as a result of proposed budget cuts at the Department for Regional Development (DRD).
- Robinson report due to be published
Stormont's Standards and Privileges Committee is expected to publish a report on the conduct of First Minister Peter Robinson and his wife Iris on Friday.
- Care home boss guilty of sex charges
A man who ran a series of children's homes in north Wales is guilty of sexually assaulting youngsters in his care in a campaign of abuse spanning decades.
- Terminally ill woman settles claim
A terminally ill mother-of-two who said she would have been cured of her cancer had she been diagnosed earlier settles her case.
- Scotland 'should set income tax'
The Scottish Parliament should have the power to set income tax rates and bands, the body on strengthening devolution recommends.
- Top Scots book character revealed
Francis Crawford of Lymond has topped a poll of favourite Scottish book characters carried out as part of Book Week Scotland.
- Body parts killer guilty of murder
A man who stabbed his father to death and put his dismembered body into storage boxes, which he used as a TV stand, is convicted of murder.
- MP denies Twitter porn favourite
Lincoln MP Karl McCartney denies "favouriting" a pornographic image on Twitter, blaming the site's lack of security.
- 'Weeping' Australia mourns Hughes
Australia is "weeping" at the death of cricketer Phillip Hughes, says former opening batsman Michael Slater - as the country mourns.
- Abbott 'holding up' after Hughes death
Bowler Sean Abbott is 'holding up well' after batsman Phillip Hughes's death, despite fears he may not play cricket again.
- Why a sportsman's death hits so hard
The language of sporting hype is battles and tragedies but in reality the heroes usually walk away unscathed, says Tom Fordyce.
- How I drank urine and bat blood to survive
Extreme marathon runner Mauro Prosperi spent 10 days alone in the Sahara desert after getting lost in a sandstorm. He only just survived.
- Could head injuries be eliminated?
Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes has died after being hit on the head by a cricket ball. Can helmets ever offer total protection?
- Left to the mercy of the Taliban
Interpreters who worked with US forces in Afghanistan are being hunted down by the Taliban. Thousands have fled to the US - but others have been blacklisted.
- PM accused of immigration 'failure'
David Cameron faces criticism from his rival party leaders as new figures show net migration has gone up since the 2010 election.
- Ex-GCHQ boss warns on phone biometrics
Mobile devices using biometric data should be better designed to protect security and privacy, according to the former head of GCHQ, Sir John Adye.
- British state 'not fit for purpose'
Labour MP John Cruddas - the party's policy coordinator - says the British state is "no longer fit for purpose" and is in need of radical reform.
- VIDEO: Public Accounts Committee
MPs take evidence on flood risk management.
- VIDEO: Building the Olympic Stadium's new roof
The BBC has been allowed inside London's Olympic Stadium to film the construction of the arena's new roof.
- VIDEO: The people who run with their dogs
Canicross is a kind of cross-country running with dogs. Runners attach themselves via a harness and bungee-cord to their canine friends - and then race.
- VIDEO: Bristol gang guilty of child sex crimes
Thirteen men have been convicted of child sex crimes, involving the abuse, rape and prostitution of teenage girls in Bristol.
- VIDEO: The longest-serving political leader in UK
Howling Laud Hope is the UK's longest-serving political leader but has never won an election or saved his deposit.
- VIDEO: Care home boss guilty of sex charges
A man who ran children's homes in north Wales is found guilty of sexually assaulting youngsters in a campaign of abuse spanning decades.
- VIDEO: Life in the UK as a Romanian migrant
It has been almost a year since restrictions were lifted on Bulgarian and Romanian migrants, leaving them free to come and work in the UK.
- VIDEO: Extreme weather and its risk to lives
Climate change and population growth will hugely increase the risk to people from extreme weather, a report says.
- VIDEO: Magazine for drug users goes on sale
A magazine which allows drug users to make money to fund their habit has gone on sale in east London.
- The radio show that got schoolchildren singing
The radio show that got schoolchildren singing
- Black Friday: Boxing Day sales come early?
Boxing Day sales come early to the UK?
- Quiz: How much do you know about migration?
How much do you know about migration?
- Phillip Hughes: How is the brain injured?
How is the brain injured and how is it protected from injury?
- 'It wasn't care, it was like hell'
The story of one victim of paedophile care home boss
- The Hearts players who went to war
Telling the story of the Hearts players who went to war
- Migrant benefits ban and Plebgate cost - front pages
New angles on familiar subjects dominate front pages