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.
- NHS 'needs extra cash and overhaul'
The NHS in England needs extra money and drastic changes to the way services are organised if patient care is not to suffer, health bosses say.
- Police killer Roberts to be freed
Police killer Harry Roberts is to be released from prison after more than 45 years, after a decision by the Parole Board.
- Tesco boss to quit over profits error
Tesco chairman Sir Richard Broadbent will leave the firm after the company announced a bigger-than-forecast hole in its profits.
- Lloyds expected to cut 9,000 jobs
Lloyds Banking Group is planning to cut around 9,000 jobs - around a tenth of its entire workforce - over the next three years, the BBC understands.
- 'Anti-extremism' school code shelved
The Department for Education has shelved plans for a code of practice for some religious schools which operate outside of mainstream education, the BBC learns.
- Military heads admit Afghan mistakes
Military leaders failed to calculate the magnitude of the conflict in Afghanistan, the former head of the British army, Gen Sir Peter Wall, tells the BBC.
- 'More to do' on disabled hate crimes
Hate crime convictions are at an all-time high, but disability hate crime convictions have dropped, according to a new report.
- Fears over city drone flight dangers
Drones which could seriously injure or kill are being flown over cities and towns across England, despite laws designed to protect the public.
- Grangemouth revamp 'on schedule'
The owners of the Grangemouth plant say radical changes are on track a year after the site was closed by an industrial dispute.
- Warning to wild mushroom pickers
Wild food foragers are being warned to be particularly careful when picking mushrooms because of a rise in cases of mushroom poisoning.
- Tate boss Serota tops art power list
Tate director Sir Nicholas Serota is named the most powerful figure in the art world.
- Experts aim to reduce stillbirths
Health experts launch a five-year programme that aims to halve the number of stillbirths, newborn deaths and baby brain injuries in the UK.
- Sunrise vigil to open Poppy Appeal
A sunrise vigil at the Cenotaph that will last until sunset marks the start of the 2014 Poppy Appeal.
- Pre-Python TV episodes rediscovered
Two episodes of 1960s TV comedy At Last The 1948 Show, which starred John Cleese and Graham Chapman before they formed Monty Python, are found.
- Adorkable new words make dictionary
The latest print edition of the Collins English dictionary contains 50,000 newly-added words, including selfie, onesie and adorkable.
- Man charged over baby girl attack
A 24-year-old man is charged with the attempted murder of a two-year-old girl in County Armagh.
- Big rise in number of NI new homes
New figures show a big increase in the number of new homes being built in Northern Ireland.
- 'No quick fix' for ambulance targets
Missed target times for ambulance emergency calls can be turned around but there is "no imminent fix", warns the new head of the service in Wales.
- MP duped by 'quadriplegic' conman
An MP admits being taken in by a conman who pretended to be quadriplegic claiming police were abusing him.
- Kelpies site wins engineering award
The development of the site containing Scotland's newest cultural landmark, The Kelpies, wins a national engineering award.
- Stability 'returning to economy'
The Scottish economy continued to grow in the last quarter but at a slower pace than the previous three months, according to a report.
- Boy, 9, and man killed in house fire
A nine-year-old boy and a 44-year-old man had died after a house fire in Penistone, near Barnsley, South Yorkshire Police say.
- Tube contract £80m payout criticised
Transport for London is criticised for paying a company £80m after it failed to deliver a contract.
- Balotelli shirt swap angers Rodgers
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is unhappy Mario Balotelli swapped shirts with a Real Madrid player at half-time.
- Caterham F1 future in fresh doubt
More doubt is cast on the future of Caterham as their new owners threaten to quit the team in a row with ex-owner Tony Fernandes.
- Evans 'hopes' for football return
Ex-Sheffield United and Wales striker Ched Evans wants a return to football after serving a rape sentence.
- Tales from the India Office
Millions of documents recording Britain's 350-year presence in the sub-continent reveal some exotic stories.
- How safe is mouldy food to eat?
British families throw away millions of tonnes of food every year, enough to fill Wembley stadium, to the brim. How much could be safely eaten?
- The anarchic experimental schools of the 1970s
Today, the "free" in free school stands for the freedom to found a school outside council control. But back in the 1970s young idealists created a very different type of free school.
- MEPs back Juncker EU Commission team
The new European Commission led by Jean-Claude Juncker gets strong backing from MEPs after some tough questioning.
- PM: Buck stops with me on criminals
Prime Minister David Cameron tells MPs the "buck stops with me" when it comes to deporting foreign criminals from the UK.
- Legal challenge over abuse inquiry
A legal challenge is launched into the choice of Fiona Woolf as the chair of the inquiry investigating historical child abuse as political pressure grows.
- VIDEO: Culture, Media and Sport Committee
MPs take evidence on the future of the BBC.
- VIDEO: Can technology plug NHS funding gap?
The NHS is under pressure to close a huge projected funding gap - Dominic Hughes reports on how the NHS has addressed this in West Yorkshire.
- VIDEO: Rapist Evans in video statement
Footballer Ched Evans has released a video statement in which he says he is "determined to continue the fight" to clear his name.
- VIDEO: Taxi boss: 'Users want white drivers'
The manager of a cab firm in Rochdale has said that a small number of the company's customers are requesting white drivers, following the rise of the so-called Islamic State in the Middle East.
- VIDEO: More powers 'would boost UK cities'
Allowing UK cities to make their own decisions on tax and spending could boost economic growth by £79bn a year by 2030, a year-long study has concluded.
- VIDEO: MP duped by Swansea conman
An MP has admitted being duped by a conman who pretended to be quadriplegic and claimed police were abusing him.
- VIDEO: Lions picture wins photography prize
Michael Nichols wins Wildlife photographer of the year for his photograph of a pride of snoozing lions
- VIDEO: 'Dean abused me in childhood'
A man who was abused by the late Dean of Manchester speaks about his childhood ordeal, as an inquiry criticises the Church of England's handling of allegations of sexual abuse.
- VIDEO: Call for traffic-free Oxford Street
London's Oxford Street is "doomed to decline" unless it is pedestrianised by 2020, a report suggests.
- Do people know where their chicken comes from?
Do you care where your chicken comes from?
- Nirvana: 25 years since first UK gig
Fans recall Nirvana's first UK gig 25 years on
- Tesco's next move: Expert views
How can the supermarket turn its fortunes around?
- Disabled students: Fran goes to university
Getting to university after spinal surgery
- Why Scotland is the last word in dictionaries
Why Scotland is the last word in dictionaries
- NHS 'revamp' and Canada attacks - the papers
Shootings in Canada dominate Thursday's newspapers