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BBC News: Knox and Sollecito cleared of murder
Saturday 28th March 2015
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BBC news for Hampshire

Blur to headline Isle of Wight

Britpop veterans Blur will headline the Saturday night of this year's Isle of Wight Festival.

Motorway reopens after fatal crash

A stretch of motorway closed for 21 hours after a crash, in which one person died and seven were injured, reopens.

Man charged over attack on twins

A Basingstoke man is arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a teenager was stabbed "millimetres from his heart" in Wiltshire.

Rowers rescued after boat capsizes

Nine rowers are rescued from the Itchen River after their rowing skiff capsizes.

Royal Navy thrashes US football team

A Royal Navy football team thrashes their counterparts from visiting aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt.

Stabbed woman 'warned off wedding'

A man accused of plotting to kill his father's ex-lover tells a court he paid the man accused of her murder £400 to "warn her" away from his family.

Island ferry retired from service

A cross-Solent ferry is retired from service after more than three decades sailing between between the Isle of Wight and Portsmouth.

VIDEO: Political week in 60 seconds

Peter Henley reviews region's politics

Live BBC World News

Nigeria votes in presidential poll

Voters in Africa's most populous nation, Nigeria, are taking part in presidential elections against the background of militant Islamist violence.

Knox and Sollecito cleared of murder

Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito are acquitted by Italy's top appeals court of murdering British student Meredith Kercher in 2007 - the final ruling in the case.

Duo begin year-long space trip

US astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko arrive for 12-month tour of duty on the International Space Station.

Alps co-pilot 'predicted notoriety'

The co-pilot of the Germanwings Airbus which crashed in the French Alps predicted "one day everyone will know my name", his ex-girlfriend says.

Sri Lanka president's brother killed

The youngest brother of Sri Lankan president Maithripala Sirisena dies after being attacked with an axe.

Silicon Valley firm wins bias case

A California jury has found that a venture capital firm did not discriminate against a female employee in a closely watched case in Silicon Valley.

Ten dead in Somali hotel attack

Militants storm a hotel in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, killing at least ten people including a senior diplomat.

Fresh air strikes hit Yemen rebels

Warplanes from a Saudi-led coalition bomb Yemen for a third night, targeting Shia Houthi rebels as they advance in and around the port of Aden.

BBC Sports News

Russia keeper Akinfeev hit by flare

Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev is struck by a flare as their Euro 2016 qualifier with Montenegro is abandoned.

'My dad wanted me to play tennis'

How England defender Sophie Bradley could easily have ended up playing at Wimbledon instead of Wembley.

Steel finishes in top 20 in China

Britain's Gemma Steel and Rhona Auckland finish inside the top 20 at the World Cross Country Championships in China.

Saints' North OK after head injury

Northampton Saints play down concerns for wing George North after he leaves the field on a stretcher with a head injury.

Cancellara breaks back in Belgium

Fabian Cancellara is ruled out of the spring classics after breaking two vertebrae his lower back in the E3 Harelbeke.

Blur to headline Isle of Wight

Britpop veterans Blur will headline the Saturday night of this year's Isle of Wight Festival.

Motorway reopens after fatal crash

A stretch of motorway closed for 21 hours after a crash, in which one person died and seven were injured, reopens.

Man charged over attack on twins

A Basingstoke man is arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a teenager was stabbed "millimetres from his heart" in Wiltshire.

Rowers rescued after boat capsizes

Nine rowers are rescued from the Itchen River after their rowing skiff capsizes.

Royal Navy thrashes US football team

A Royal Navy football team thrashes their counterparts from visiting aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt.

Stabbed woman 'warned off wedding'

A man accused of plotting to kill his father's ex-lover tells a court he paid the man accused of her murder £400 to "warn her" away from his family.

Island ferry retired from service

A cross-Solent ferry is retired from service after more than three decades sailing between between the Isle of Wight and Portsmouth.

VIDEO: Political week in 60 seconds

Peter Henley reviews region's politics

AskTen - Ten amazing things you may not have known last week
http://askten.co.uk


1. Bill Gates has been named the richest man in the world for the 16th time. In the annual ranking of global billionaires, the Microsoft founder beat Mexican businessman Carlos Slim to the top spot. Gates’ net worth rose by just over $3bn (£1.94bn) in the year to 13 February, to $79bn. There are now a record 1,826 billionaires in the world - an increase of 181 in the past 12 months. Forbes Magazine

2. British Airways has retained its title as the UK’s leading consumer ‘superbrand’. In an eye-catching installment of the annual ranking, several household names including Cadbury, Heinz and Marks & Spencer dropped out of the list of favourite brands. Meanwhile, the likes of John Lewis, Lego and Häagen-Dazs featured in the upper reaches of the grouping. The Guardian

3. The number of zero-hours contracts has increased from 1.4 million to 1.8 million, new figures have revealed. The new total for last August is 400,000 more than a previously published estimate in January 2014. The number of people saying they were employed on zero-hours contracts in their main job was 697,000 in the quarter to December, up from 586,000 in the same period in 2013. The figures mean some people are on more than one contract with no guarantee of a minimum number of hours. Office for National Statistics
4. Drinking up to five cups of coffee a day could help prevent heart disease, new research has found. A team of experts studied a group of more than 25,000 Korean men and women with an average age of 41. They had no previous signs of heart disease. Their coffee consumption was listed as none, less than one cup a day, one to three cups a day, three to five cups a day and five or more every day. The researchers discovered those who drank between three and five cups were less likely to show signs of heart disease. Daily Express

5. Drivers are to get ten minutes’ grace before being given a ticket if they stay too long on council parking spots. The changes in the law in England are expected to come in within weeks and will apply to all on-street and off-street council parking spots. Other measures in the Deregulation Bill include a right for residents and local firms to demand their council reviews parking in their area. CCTV camera cars that automatically issue parking fines are to be made illegal - apart from in areas near schools and in bus lanes. New York Times

6. More than half a million people are believed to have come to England from abroad over the past three years, according to Oxford University research. And two-thirds of the 565,000 migrants believed to have arrived between 2011 and 2014 are EU citizens, the study by the university’s Migration Observatory said. The estimated numbers were put together to provide an up-to-date idea of the migrant populations across England. They come in advance of official estimates from the Office for National Statistics, due in June. Daily Mail

7. Large firms will be forced to reveal details of the gap between how much they pay male and female employees after the government agreed to implement the measure. The Liberal Democrats had been pushing for the policy in the face of Tory opposition, and Equalities Minister Jo Swinson said it was “fantastic news” that her party had won the “argument in government”. The measure will be added to legislation currently going through Parliament and will come into force within the next 12 months. Financial Times

8. Apple, Sony and HTC are among the most female-friendly employers in the technology industry, a report on gender equality has found. The study, published on the eve of International Women’s Day, saw Apple come out on top, with 28% of female staff holding senior positions. Among them are former Burberry chief executive Angela Ahrendts and Sue Wagner, founding partner and director of asset manager BlackRock. Daily Mail

9. As The U.S. puts its clocks forward - two weeks ahead of the UK - potentially dangerous consequences have been revealed by scientists. Sleep scientists say effects of the time shift can include a pernicious phenomenon known as “microsleeps,” or momentary losses of concentration at critical times. Susceptibility to “microsleeps” increases after the clocks change, resulting in a spike in car crashes, including fatal ones where alcohol is involved, as well an increase in workplace injuries. The Guardian

10. The very first Apple logo featured Sir Isaac Newton sitting under a tree, with an apple about to hit his head. It was ditched as its high level of detail didn't really show up when shrunk down on products. Metro

The latest BBC Video News clips

VIDEO: Kate attends last official events

The Duchess of Cambridge, accompanied by Prince William, has attended her final official events before the birth of her second child, as Nicholas Witchell reports.

VIDEO: 'Super councils' seek public money

In the wake of greater powers being devolved to Scotland, councils in England have been banding together to demand extra power for their local areas.

VIDEO: Conservative welfare cut options seen

The BBC has seen documents, commissioned by Conservative officials, examining the options for billions of pounds of welfare cuts if they win the election.

VIDEO: 1980s games reviewed by six-year-olds

Children try out some 1980s games at the new National Videogame Arcade in Nottingham and see how they compare to their modern equivalents.

VIDEO: Paedophile John Rudd jailed

John Rudd thought he was meeting a 14-year-old girl, but he was being tricked by a group of internet paedophile hunters and has been jailed for a year.

VIDEO: Room with a tree for £100 a week

A bedroom in London with a tree running through the wall and into the room was found to be rented out for £100 a week.

VIDEO: Music transforms children's lives

Classical music is transforming children's lives in a Tyneside's inner city areas as part of an innovative project at Sage Gateshead.

VIDEO: Sitting down poses health risk

Office workers are putting their health at risk by spending too much of the day seated, according to a survey.