Press Association 2014 LATEST

'Optimism' among mortgage holders

Mid Devon Star: New research suggests that most mortgage holders are optimistic about their future financial situation

3:37pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Most mortgage holders are optimistic that their financial situation will remain the same or even improve in three years' time as they prepare for rising interest rates, research suggests.

Remy could return at Old Trafford

Mid Devon Star: Loic Remy still harbours hopes of playing for Chelsea against Manchester United

3:15pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho may have strike options for Sunday's trip to Manchester United after all following Loic Remy's declaration that he hopes to be fit for the Barclays Premier League leaders' clash at Old Trafford.

BBC apology over Buerk comments

Mid Devon Star: Ched Evans was released from prison on Friday

3:00pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

The BBC has been forced to apologise after presenter Michael Buerk criticised the Ched Evans rape victim for being drunk.

Murray unconvincing in Valencia

Mid Devon Star: Andy Murray, pictured, was some way short of his best form in the win over Jurgen Melzer

2:45pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Andy Murray opened his Valencia Open challenge with a 6-3 6-3 win over Jurgen Melzer, although his performance failed to inspire in the Spanish city.

Fake Premier League star jailed

Mid Devon Star: Former professional footballer Medi Abalimba who tried to pass himself off as Chelsea player Gael Kakuta

2:37pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A failed footballer who enjoyed a champagne lifestyle by pretending to be a Premier League star has been jailed for four years for a £163,000 fraud.

Parties begin devolution talks

Mid Devon Star: The Smith Commission will aim to agree on what new powers should be devolved to the Scottish Parliament

2:04pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

All-party talks aimed at reaching agreement on what new powers should be devolved to Scotland in the wake of the independence referendum get under way today.

Adams challenged on sex row 'exile'

Mid Devon Star: Mairia Cahill says her claims of rape were covered up by Sinn Fein and the IRA

2:04pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams has been challenged by the Irish Government to reveal if IRA rapists and paedophiles were exiled to the Irish Republic.

Cameron defends record on NHS

Mid Devon Star: David Cameron has defended the Government's record on the NHS

2:04pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

International inspectors should be brought in to compare the performance of the NHS in England and Wales, David Cameron said today in his latest Commons clash with Ed Miliband.

Perry's Rylan pic a money spinner

Mid Devon Star: The Earl of Essex by Grayson Perry is a portrait of Rylan Clark

2:04pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Rylan Clark, the X Factor contestant turned presenter, has become an artworld moneyspinner - with reproductions of his portrait by Grayson Perry priced at up to £5,000 each.

'Short term' pension refunds to go

Mid Devon Star: Pensions minister Steve Webb says the typical worker now has 11 different jobs during their lifetime

1:50pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Workers who leave their employer after less than two years' service will no longer be pushed into withdrawing their pension contributions, Pensions Minister Steve Webb has said.

Remy could return at Old Trafford

Mid Devon Star: Loic Remy still harbours hopes of playing for Chelsea against Manchester United

1:44pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho may have strike options for Sunday's trip to Manchester United after all following Loic Remy's declaration that he hopes to be fit for the Barclays Premier League leaders' clash at Old Trafford.

Van Gaal 'good choice' - Ferguson

Mid Devon Star: Sir Alex Ferguson has backed the "formidable" Louis van Gaal, pictured, to succeed at Manchester United

1:44pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has backed the "formidable" Louis van Gaal to restore the club's fortunes.

Woodley not worried by nude scenes

Mid Devon Star: Shailene Woodley didn't mind going nude in White Bird In A Blizzard

1:33pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Shailene Woodley has insisted she wasn't bothered about baring all in her new film White Bird In A Blizzard.

ICC powerless to help in dispute

Mid Devon Star: The ICC says it "does not have the power to intervene" in the dispute between the West Indies Cricket Board and the Board of Control for Cricket in India

1:07pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

The International Cricket Council has admitted it "does not have the power to intervene" in the high-stakes dispute between the West Indies Cricket Board and the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

England hopeful over Tuilagi injury

Mid Devon Star: England's Manu Tuilagi is currently sidelined with a groin injury

1:07pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

England are refusing to rule Manu Tuilagi out of next month's autumn internationals despite Leicester insisting his groin injury will prevent him playing any role.

Man held after 'throwing marbles'

Mid Devon Star: Prime Minister's Question was unaffected by a protester in the public gallery

1:06pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A man is in police custody after apparently throwing marbles at the glass screen covering the public gallery in the House of Commons during Prime Minister's Questions.

Crash driver proposes in police car

Mid Devon Star: Caine Hutchings proposing to Emily Dukeson after crashing his car

12:30pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A man who crashed his car while on the way to propose to his girlfriend still popped the question - in the back of a police car.

Acne drug girl committed suicide

Mid Devon Star: Jessica Eales was a talented young sailor who had represented Great Britain

12:30pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A talented young sailor who had represented Great Britain hanged herself the day after her 17th birthday after being prescribed an acne treatment which had known side-effects of depression, an inquest has heard.

Cab firm in white driver service

Mid Devon Star: A minicab company in Rochdale will send white drivers if customers ask for them

12:15pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A minicab company in the town at the centre of one of Britain's biggest grooming scandals is sending white drivers on request.

Archbishop 'ashamed' over abuse

Mid Devon Star: Archbishop of York John Sentamu said he was ashamed that more was not done to protect children

12:15pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

The Archbishop of York has said he is "deeply ashamed" after a report into allegations of child abuse by a former cathedral dean found "systemic failures" by the Church of England.

Serena cringing after crushing loss

Mid Devon Star: Serena Williams was embarrassed by her defeat to Simona Halep (AP)

11:53am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Serena Williams admitted she was embarrassed by her crushing 6-0 6-2 defeat to Simona Halep at the WTA Finals in Singapore, her heaviest loss in 16 years.

Reforms 'helping people into work'

Mid Devon Star: The new Universal Credit will be in place in more than 90 jobcentres by Christmas

11:34am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

The Government has defended its flagship welfare reform scheme, insisting it is helping people into work.

Froome may miss 2015 Tour de France

Mid Devon Star: The 2015 Tour de France will begin in Utrecht on July 4. The 101st Tour de France began in Yorkshire, pictured

11:34am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Chris Froome may opt out of the 2015 Tour de France and target a Giro d'Italia-Vuelta a Espana double instead.

Cumming talks LaBeouf incident

Mid Devon Star: Alan Cumming has been recounting how Shia LaBeouf disrupted a production of Cabaret

10:53am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Alan Cumming has praised Shia LaBeouf for making a "good recovery" after he famously disrupted his Broadway performance of Cabaret.

Streep, Grant for Florence film

Mid Devon Star: Meryl Streep will play opera singer Florence Foster Jenkins in a film

10:49am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant are teaming up for a biopic about opera singer Florence Foster Jenkins.

DJ Read 'so sorry' for Ukip Calypso

Mid Devon Star: Mike Read said he was sorry if his Ukip Calypso had caused offence

10:39am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Former Radio 1 DJ Mike Read has apologised for "unintentionally causing offence" with his Ukip Calypso, sung with a mock Caribbean accent, adding that he has asked his record company to withdraw the song from sale.

Shows were extraordinary, says Bush

Mid Devon Star: Kate Bush has remained tight-lipped about plans for more concerts

10:34am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Kate Bush has described her comeback gigs as "one of the most extraordinary experiences of my life", but stayed tight-lipped about any possible plans for more concerts.

Record August for Eurotunnel

Mid Devon Star: Eurotunnel carried a record 375,000 vehicles on shuttle trains through the tunnel in August

10:32am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A record-breaking August for shuttle traffic helped Channel Tunnel company Eurotunnel to increased revenues over the summer.

Boy, 16, admits bike row murder

Mid Devon Star: Alim Uddin was stabbed to death in Brixton, south London

10:32am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A 16-year-old accused of stabbing another boy to death in a row over the sale of a £90 bicycle has pleaded guilty to murder on the second day of his Old Bailey trial.

Two held in Syria terror raids

Mid Devon Star: Counter-terrorism officers took a young woman from Bedfordshire to a central London police station, Scotland Yard said

10:32am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Two people have been arrested today on suspicion of terror offences linked to Syria.

Read song row 'synthetic outrage'

Mid Devon Star: Former Radio 1 DJ Mike Read has apologised for his Ukip Calypso

10:32am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Ukip blamed "synthetic outrage" for DJ Mike Read's decision to withdraw his Calypso song from sale - accusing "right on" critics of depriving a charity of cash to help the fight against Ebola.

S Club 7 reunite for BBC appeal

Mid Devon Star: S Club 7 are to reunite for Children In Need

10:31am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

S Club 7 are to reunite in full for the first time in more than a decade to take part in this year's BBC Children In Need appeal.

Swift: I've faced death threats

Mid Devon Star: Taylor Swift needs her security team to make her feel safe

10:28am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Taylor Swift has opened up about the darker side of being a pop star.

Strictly's Craig: Anton could judge

Mid Devon Star: Craig Revel Horwood with his fellow Strictly Come Dancing judges

10:28am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Strictly Come Dancing star Craig Revel Horwood has suggested that Anton Du Beke could become one of the show's judges in the future.

Matthew McConaughey: Why I married

Mid Devon Star: Matthew McConaughey is married to Camila Alves

10:28am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Matthew McConaughey has revealed what made him finally walk down the aisle.

Garner hits out at Hollywood sexism

Mid Devon Star: Jennifer Garner says sexism is still alive and well in Hollywood

10:28am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Jennifer Garner has criticised ongoing sexism in Hollywood.

FA probe Jerome racism allegations

Mid Devon Star: The FA are investigating an allegation from Norwich's Cameron Jerome (second left) that he was racially abused by Leeds defender Giuseppe Bellusci (second from right)

10:07am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

The Football Association has confirmed it is investigating allegations by Norwich striker Cameron Jerome that he was racially abused by Leeds defender Giuseppe Bellusci.

S Club 7 reunite for BBC appeal

Mid Devon Star: Teen band S Club 7 at the height of their fame

9:31am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Former chart-toppers S Club 7 are to reunite in full for the first time in more than a decade to take part in this year's BBC Children In Need appeal.

Shows were extraordinary, says Bush

Mid Devon Star: Tickets for the 22 shows sold out in minutes

9:31am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Kate Bush has described her comeback gigs as "one of the most extraordinary experiences of my life", but stayed tight-lipped about any possible plans for more concerts.

Banks warned over loan bundling

Mid Devon Star: Northern Ireland's First Trust Bank on Ann Street in Belfast

9:31am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Two major banks have been criticised for telling small business customers they must open an account with them in order to obtain a business loan.

Boys tricked into sending photos

Mid Devon Star: Teenage boys have been encouraged to send inappropriate pictures on social media

9:31am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Teenagers are reportedly being tricked and blackmailed into sending inappropriate images through social media, police have said.

Woolf position 'beyond the pale'

Mid Devon Star: Fiona Woolf insists she did not have a "close association" with former cabinet minister Lord Brittan

9:31am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

The head of the independent inquiry into historic child sex abuse is coming under growing pressure to stand down, as a lawyer representing victims said her social relationship with former home secretary Lord Brittan "puts her beyond the pale in terms of her credibility".

Homebase to shut quarter of stores

Mid Devon Star: Homebase is launching a three-year plan to "improve the productivity of its store estate"

9:31am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

DIY chain Homebase is to close a quarter of its stores and has ditched its boss after a review by parent company Home Retail Group found failings in its sales performance.

Steenkamp parents 'accept sentence'

Mid Devon Star: Oscar Pistorius sits in the dock after sentencing in Pretoria, South Africa (AP)

9:31am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

The mother of the model shot dead by Oscar Pistorius has said she does "not feel that justice has been done" - but insisted she accepts the sentence imposed by the judge.

Improved Shenton ready to shine

Mid Devon Star: Michael Shenton is poised to earn his 10th cap with England on Saturday

9:29am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Michael Shenton will relaunch his international career as a "more rounded player" when England get the 2014 Four Nations Series under way this weekend.

WICB keen to repair damage

Mid Devon Star: The West Indies Cricket Board announced on Friday that its tour of India had been cancelled due to a pay dispute with the players

9:24am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

The West Indies Cricket Board hopes to "repair the damage" caused by its calamitous aborted tour of India, having called on the BCCI to consider the "serious implications" of its own hard line stance.

Gerrard: I turned Real Madrid down

Mid Devon Star: Steven Gerrard was 'flattered' with Real Madrid links but never wanted to leave Liverpool

6:49am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard admits he may look back on not signing for Real Madrid when he had the chance as a mistake but insists he would have regretted leaving Anfield far more.

Watts charged with lewd conduct

Mid Devon Star: Daniele Watts appeared in Django Unchained and has been charged with lewd conduct alongside her boyfriend (Invision/AP)

6:48am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Django Unchained actress Daniele Watts, who suggested she was detained by police in the US because of racial profiling after she was found in a parked car with her boyfriend, has been charged with lewd conduct.

Wenger wants more from Gunners

Mid Devon Star: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, left, expects an improved display from his side in their Champions League tie away at Anderlecht

6:23am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Manager Arsene Wenger has challenged his Arsenal side to add the "fraction more" to their game and deliver a winning performance away to Anderlecht, where rookie goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez is set for a Champions League debut.

Rokoduguni set for England call

Mid Devon Star: Semesa Rokoduguni has made a huge impact this season

6:09am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

England are expected to include Bath wing Semesa Rokoduguni in their elite player squad for next month's autumn internationals.

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