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The latest stories from the UK section of the BBC News web site.
- Family urges domestic violence probe
The family of a woman murdered by her ex-partner call for a public inquiry into how complaints of domestic violence are handled by police.
- UK inflation rate falls to 2.4%
The UK's inflation rate fell to 2.4% in April, says the Office for National Statistics, down from 2.8% in March.
- We're not sneering, says Cameron
David Cameron emails all Tory activists to praise their "decency and duty" in an attempt to mend relations after alleged "loon" slurs by a senior ally.
- UK governments 'hold back Scotland'
The policies of past and present Westminster governments have held back Scotland, Holyrood's SNP administration claims in an economic document on independence.
- Bed-sharing 'raises cot death risk'
Sharing a bed with your newborn baby increases the risk of sudden death syndrome - commonly known as cot death - fivefold, research suggests.
- Marks and Spencer sees profits fall
Marks and Spencer reports a big fall in annual profits, as troubles in its clothing division continue.
- Final reading for gay marriage bill
The government's same-sex marriage bill will receive its third and final Commons reading later after surviving resistance from Conservative opponents.
- Gove proposes split in exams system
Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove says its time for England, Wales and Northern Ireland to go their separate ways on GCSEs and A-levels.
- Chief inspector of GPs post created
A chief inspector of GPs is to be appointed as part of a push to improve services outside of hospitals, ministers are set to announce.
- Sir Cyril abuse claim inquiry widens
Police investigate 10 people over allegations of sex abuse at a residential school after claims ex-MP Sir Cyril Smith abused boys there.
- G4S chief Nick Buckles steps down
Nick Buckles, the chief executive of global security group G4S, is to step down from his position at the end of May.
- NHS urged to improve use of drips
The lives of hospital patients who are put on a drip are being placed at risk by poor attention by staff to intravenous fluid care, experts warn.
- Back-to-work scheme failing, say MPs
A scheme to help the unemployed find work appears to be failing the most disadvantaged jobseekers, MPs on the Work and Pensions Committee say.
- Multi-buy ban 'cuts alcohol sales'
The amount of alcohol sold in Scottish shops has fallen by 2.6% in the year since multi-buy promotions were banned, research suggests.
- Baby disabled after jaundice error
A baby was left deaf and blind because a trainee midwife did not recognise signs of jaundice within days of his birth, a health trust admits.
- UK astronaut given station date
UK astronaut Tim Peake is to fly to the International Space Station, launching on a Soyuz rocket in November or December 2015.
- First crane egg in 400 years laid
A nesting crane lays the first egg laid by that breed of bird in southern Britain in more than 400 years.
- Games numbers 50% below target
The organisers of the World Police and Fire Games confirm the number of athletes who have signed up to take part so far is almost 50% below the 10,000 target.
- Body search at murder victim's home
Irish police are excavating the rear of a murdered former garda detective's house in the search for the body of another murder victim.
- Exams system must split, says Gove
The UK education secretary says it is time for Wales to go its separate way on GCSEs and A-levels.
- Devolution inquiry hits the road
An inquiry into the future of devolution is inviting the public to have its say at the first of a series of drop-in sessions taking place across Wales.
- Grounded cruise ship refloated
A small cruise liner which ran aground in the waters of Oban Bay, with 112 people on board, is refloated.
- Flightless penguin puzzle 'solved'
The underwater prowess of the penguin may have cost the bird its ability to fly, scientists believe.
- Tweet cyclist 'lucky to be alive'
A cyclist says he is lucky to be alive after he was hit by a car whose driver is later believed to have tweeted about the crash.
- DIY 'possible cause' of house blast
A family member carrying out a home DIY job may have caused an explosion which killed two people and left a third in hospital, say police.
- Wilkinson ready for Lions call-up
Jonny Wilkinson says he will do everything possible to be fit enough to answer a Lions injury call if he is needed.
- Rodwell called up to England squad
England call up Manchester City midfielder Jack Rodwell for the friendlies against Republic of Ireland and Brazil.
- Pietersen still doubtful for Ashes
England batsman Kevin Pietersen is still not sure he will be ready to face Australia in the Ashes this summer.
- How religions change their mind
History suggests that religions that don't change die out - but how do they manage it without undermining themselves?
- Readers' music to banish the blues
After separate studies pointed to the power of music to lighten the mood, we asked readers what they listened to when needing to cure unhappiness.
- The secret colonies of graffiti artists and skateboarders
A furore around a graffiti-festooned, skater hangout on London's South Bank resonates in similar "colonies" all over the UK.
- Police search MP Nigel Evans' office
Police search the Commons office of Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans in relation to a "serious arrestable offence".
- Cleric Abu Qatada refused bail
Radical cleric Abu Qatada is refused bail by an immigration tribunal in his latest bid for freedom.
- PM warns overseas territories on tax
David Cameron has called on British overseas territories to "get their house in order" and sign up to international treaties on tax.
- VIDEO: House of Commons
MPs reject further legal protection for teachers and registrars opposed to same-sex marriage.
- VIDEO: Father faces child death charges
A British man who is reported to have confessed to killing his two young children is expected to appear before a French prosecutor on Monday to be formally charged with their murders.
- VIDEO: Ark Royal makes final journey
The Royal Navy's former flagship, the Ark Royal, leaves its home port of Portsmouth for the final time, bound for a scrap yard in Turkey.
- VIDEO: Church of Scotland backs gay clergy
The Church of Scotland's General Assembly has voted to allow gay people in civil partnerships to become ministers.
- VIDEO: Princes open Help for Heroes centre
The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry have opened a new recovery centre for Help for Heroes in Wiltshire.
- VIDEO: Celebrity gardeners at Chelsea Flower Show
The Chelsea Flower Show celebrates its 100th anniversary this year.
- VIDEO: Morecambe & Wise get memorial plaque
A memorial plaque dedicated to Morecambe & Wise is unveiled at Teddington Studios
- VIDEO: Propaganda: Art or political rhetoric?
Governments have long used newspapers, posters and leaflets to try and influence what people think, but a new exhibition is showing that there could be much more to it.
- VIDEO: David Beckham's emotional farewell
Emotional David Beckham plays last home match at Paris Saint-Germain.
- Calculate your inflation rate
Find out how much your cost of living is going up
- The rise of food swapping
The people who trade asparagus for ice cream
- How does your team fare in fans' league table?
How does your football club's attendances match up?
- Is Apple's tax avoidance rational?
Is the company's tax avoidance rational, asks Robert Peston
- Foreign comedians stand up for the UK
Why foreign comedians love the British comedy business
- Shifting arguments for the New Bus
Shifting arguments for London's new bus
- Puppetry Festival's 50th anniversary
International Puppetry Festival at Colwyn Bay - 50 years ago
- Papers mull Cameron 'humiliation'
Papers claim prime minister is facing 'humiliation' in the Commons