Press Association 2014 LATEST

NHS discharge wait 'blocking beds'

Gazette Series: Overdue patient assessments, long waits for social care arrangements and funding disputes are behind some of the delays

7:05pm Friday 28th November 2014

Increasing delays in discharging patients from hospital is causing record levels of "bed-blocking" in England as the NHS approaches its busiest season, official data has revealed.

Bans given after Owens abuse

Gazette Series: Two men found guilty of abusing referee Nigel Owens, pictured, have been given two-year Twickenham bans

6:26pm Friday 28th November 2014

The Rugby Football Union has issued two-year Twickenham bans to two men accused of directing homophobic abuse at referee Nigel Owens, the governing body has announced.

Sainz lands Toro Rosso race seat

Gazette Series: Carlos Sainz jnr will drive for Toro Rosso in the 2015 Formula One season

6:05pm Friday 28th November 2014

Toro Rosso have announced rising young Spanish star Carlos Sainz Jr will join their line-up for next season.

England and Sri Lanka opt to play

Gazette Series: England captain Alastair Cook, pictured, paid a heartfelt tribute to Phillip Hughes

5:52pm Friday 28th November 2014

England and Sri Lanka have decided the best way they can pay their respects to Phillip Hughes is to play cricket.

Lauren Platt flu may mean X Factor sickie

Gazette Series: Lauren Platt flu may mean X Factor sickie

5:46pm Friday 28th November 2014

Cheryl’s last girl might have to miss this week’s X Factor.

11 things we've learned from the new Star Wars teaser trailer

Gazette Series: 11 things we've learned from the new Star Wars teaser trailer

4:47pm Friday 28th November 2014

So what happened?! We fill in the gaps between those annoying teaser blackouts.

Star Wars footage unveiled online

Gazette Series: Harrison Ford reprises his role as Han Solo

4:22pm Friday 28th November 2014

Millions of Star Wars fans have been given their first taster of the new film as trailers were unveiled online, a year ahead of the next instalment of the sci-fi saga.

Poyet: Chelsea stronger than ever

Gazette Series: Gus Poyet's Sunderland enjoyed two wins over Chelsea last season

4:20pm Friday 28th November 2014

Gus Poyet has acknowledged his Sunderland side face a mighty task to replicate last season's stunning league and cup double when Chelsea visit the Stadium of Light on Saturday.

Van Gaal warning for Van Persie

Gazette Series: Manchester United hope Robin van Persie can soon get back to his prolific self

4:15pm Friday 28th November 2014

Louis van Gaal has warned striker Robin van Persie he will have to fight for his place as the Manchester United manager prepares to welcome Radamel Falcao back to his squad.

The new lightsaber in the Star Wars trailer is threatening to send the internet mad

Gazette Series: The new lightsaber in the Star Wars trailer is threatening to send the internet mad

4:07pm Friday 28th November 2014

The new Star Wars trailer is here and urrmahgad that lightsaber.

Gemma Collins blames exit on 'horrific ordeal'

Gazette Series: Gemma Collins blames exit on 'horrific ordeal'

4:07pm Friday 28th November 2014

Gemma Collins has opened up about why she quit the jungle on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

Step this way for the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer

Gazette Series: Step this way for the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer

3:57pm Friday 28th November 2014

What’s so bad about Black Friday when it brings movie treats like this?

Gemma blames 'horrific ordeal'

Gazette Series: Gemma Collins left the jungle early

3:34pm Friday 28th November 2014

I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! flop Gemma Collins blamed her early exit from the show on "a horrific ordeal" shortly before she joined the show and said she had handed over her fee to charity.

L-test could drop three-point turn

Gazette Series: The new L-test will be designed to "better reflect real-life driving"

3:34pm Friday 28th November 2014

The dreaded three-point turn could become a thing of the past after the Government signalled the biggest shake-up to the driving test in 20 years.

Minions Christmas carol video released

Gazette Series: Minions Christmas carol video released

2:56pm Friday 28th November 2014

A new promotional trailer for the film Minions has been released for Christmas.

Aguero will get better - Pellegrini

Gazette Series: Sergio Aguero kept Manchester City's Champions League hopes alive in midweek

2:47pm Friday 28th November 2014

Manuel Pellegrini claims Sergio Aguero is worth as much to Manchester City as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are to their clubs.

Spurs charged by UEFA

Gazette Series: Tottenham's Roberto Soldado attempts to apprehend a pitch invader

2:29pm Friday 28th November 2014

UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Tottenham following the pitch invasions which disrupted their Europa League match at home to Partizan Belgrade.

Court fight over girl's remains

Gazette Series: The case was heard in the Family Division of the High Court

2:17pm Friday 28th November 2014

A divorced couple have staged a High Court fight after failing to agree on what should happen to the remains of their 24-year-old daughter.

Navy shadows Russia Channel ships

Gazette Series: HMS Tyne escorted the Russian warships as they sailed though the Channel

2:17pm Friday 28th November 2014

The Royal Navy monitored a squadron of Russian warships as they moved through the Strait of Dover after carrying out exercises in the North Sea.

Chef 'felt like performing monkey'

Gazette Series: Gordon and Tana Ramsay arrive at the High Court, London

2:16pm Friday 28th November 2014

Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay has told the High Court he felt like "a performing monkey" as he built up his restaurant empire while father-in-law Christopher Hutcheson was "up to no good" in the office.

Warning over extremism in schools

Gazette Series: A letter from Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw criticised the Bridge Schools Inspectorate for not ensuring its inspectors could properly identify warning signs of extremism and radicalisation

2:16pm Friday 28th November 2014

Too little is being done to identify the signs of radicalisation and extremism in independent faith schools, Ofsted has warned.

Watch Colin Firth turn action man in Kingsman: The Secret Service

Gazette Series: Watch Colin Firth turn action man in Kingsman: The Secret Service

2:06pm Friday 28th November 2014

Oscar-winning actor Colin Firth gets to indulge in his inner spy for Kingsman: The Secret Service.

Farrell wants winning end to series

Gazette Series: Andy Farrell hopes England can end their autumn series on a high note

2:06pm Friday 28th November 2014

Andy Farrell has demanded England end their autumn on a triumphant note when they clash with Australia in the climax to the QBE Series at Twickenham on Saturday.

Some YouTube 'leaks' that were NOT the Star Wars trailer

Gazette Series: Some YouTube 'leaks' that were NOT the Star Wars trailer

1:57pm Friday 28th November 2014

But maybe… somewhere out there…

Shia LaBeouf: I was raped during art show

Gazette Series: Shia LaBeouf: I was raped during art show

1:47pm Friday 28th November 2014

Former Transformers star Shia LaBeouf has claimed he was raped during an art show in Los Angeles.

'Talks' over new basic bank account

Gazette Series: Basic bank accounts, which are already offered by several banks, are often handed out to people with a poor credit history

1:40pm Friday 28th November 2014

The Government is in talks with major banks over plans to introduce a new industry-wide no-frills bank account, according to a report.

Soldier jailed for making nail bomb

Gazette Series: Ryan McGee was obsessed with far-right politics.

1:24pm Friday 28th November 2014

A young rifleman who was obsessed with far-right politics has been jailed for t wo years for making a viable nail bomb packed with deadly shrapnel in his bedroom.

Pele's condition improving

Gazette Series: Pele's condition is "improving" in a Sao Paulo hospital

1:15pm Friday 28th November 2014

Pele's condition is improving but he remains in the intensive care unit of the Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein, according to a statement released on Friday.

Irish rugby remembers Jack Kyle

Gazette Series: Former Ireland and Lions fly-half Jack Kyle has died, aged 88

12:41pm Friday 28th November 2014

Jack Kyle, one of Ireland's all-time rugby greats and a star to "transcend generations", has died aged 88.

London house prices surge by 18.6%

Gazette Series: The London borough of Lambeth saw house prices rise by 27.9%

12:13pm Friday 28th November 2014

House prices in some London boroughs have surged by nearly 30% over the last year, Land Registry figures show.

Madonna and Mercy return to Malawi

Gazette Series: Madonna and Mercy return to Malawi

11:27am Friday 28th November 2014

Material Girl star Madonna has returned to Malawi with her daughter Mercy James.

Bill would ban 'revenge' evictions

Gazette Series: Sarah Teather said retaliatory evictions after tenants legitimately demand repairs are becoming "depressingly familiar"

11:04am Friday 28th November 2014

Revenge evictions where landlords force out tenants for complaining about the poor condition of their home should be banned in the interests of fairness and decency, a former coalition minister has said.

Supermarkets cut petrol prices

Gazette Series: Supermarkets are cutting the prices of petrol and diesel

11:01am Friday 28th November 2014

Plunging world oil prices have prompted leading supermarkets to cut the cost of their fuel.

Stars share Thanksgiving with fans

Gazette Series: Stars share Thanksgiving with fans

10:56am Friday 28th November 2014

Taylor Swift, Beyonce and Oprah Winfrey were some of the stars who shared their Thanksgiving snaps.

Police officer charged over 'fraud'

Gazette Series: Catriona Staff has been suspended from her duties with Norfolk Police

10:47am Friday 28th November 2014

A former and current police officer have been charged over their alleged involvement in a £1.1 million fraud.

Tesco executives 'leave company'

Gazette Series: Tesco is being investigated over an overstatement of profit expectations

10:47am Friday 28th November 2014

Tesco is reported to have parted company with three of the eight executives who were asked to step aside amid its probe into a £263 million accounting black hole.

Paxman rules out standing for mayor

Gazette Series: Jeremy Paxman admits he was approached about the job (BBC/PA)

10:47am Friday 28th November 2014

Former Newsnight host Jeremy Paxman has admitted he was approached about standing as Conservative candidate for the mayor of London but said he would not do the job for "all the eclairs in Paris".

Record low for cold-related deaths

Gazette Series: 18,200 "excess winter deaths" were provisionally recorded in the 2013/14 winter

10:47am Friday 28th November 2014

The number of people killed by cold weather last winter was the lowest since records began, official statistics show.

Briton charged with Pakistan murder

Gazette Series: A Scotland Yard spokesman said a UK national can be tried for a murder committed overseas

10:47am Friday 28th November 2014

A British citizen has been charged in the UK with the murder of a woman in Pakistan.

PM's 'move on' call after Plebgate

Gazette Series: A High Court judge decided that former chief whip Andrew Mitchell did call Pc Toby Rowland a "pleb"

10:47am Friday 28th November 2014

Former Cabinet minister Andrew Mitchell must accept the verdict of the High Court on the "Plebgate" libel action and move on, David Cameron has said.

Wolff named Williams test driver

Gazette Series: Susie Wolff has been named as Williams' test driver for 2015

10:01am Friday 28th November 2014

Susie Wolff has been promoted to official test driver for Williams for the 2015 Formula One season.

Keane needs a break - O'Neill

Gazette Series: Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane has left his job with Aston Villa

9:42am Friday 28th November 2014

Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill believes burn-out could have caused Roy Keane to quit as Aston Villa assistant manager.

Up-and-down round for McIlroy

Gazette Series: Rory McIlroy is one shot off the lead in Sydney after a mixed round

9:30am Friday 28th November 2014

Rory McIlroy found consistency to be a fleeting commodity during a roller-coaster second round at the Australian Open but will still go into the weekend just one shot off leader Greg Chalmers in Sydney.

The National to become permanent

Gazette Series: The National will now continue after sales "beyond the wildest dreams" of publishers

8:01am Friday 28th November 2014

A new Scottish newspaper supporting independence is to become a permanent fixture after a successful trial.

Child abuse doctor returns to court

Gazette Series: Paediatric haematologist Dr Myles Bradbury, 41, pleaded guilty to seven counts of sexual assault

7:55am Friday 28th November 2014

A children's doctor who abused boys as young as eight in his care will return to court today ahead of his sentencing.

Two held in 'exploitation' probe

Gazette Series: Police carrying out a warrant at the Athena Guest House in Oxford, in connection with an investigation into sexual exploitation (Thames Valley Police/PA)

7:55am Friday 28th November 2014

Two people were arrested and five women were taken away from a guest house by police investigating alleged sexual exploitation.

Missed target costs power firm £28m

Gazette Series: Ofgem said it has secured a record £28 million payment from North Yorkshire-based Drax Power

7:42am Friday 28th November 2014

Britain's single largest power generator is to pay a record penalty of £28 million after it failed to meet a target on helping poor households save energy.

Fan booked wedding to Phillip Schofield - and left him with the bill

Gazette Series: Fan booked wedding to Phillip Schofield - and left him with the bill

7:35am Friday 28th November 2014

The first Schofe knew about it was when he was called for payment for a venue, flowers and catering.

House prices climb to all-time high

Gazette Series: House prices climbed to another all-time high in November

7:25am Friday 28th November 2014

House prices climbed to another all-time high in November but the pace of growth in property values is continuing to cool, Nationwide Building Society has reported.

Bath debutant Burgess to learn game

Gazette Series: Sam Burgess has been told he must learn the rugby union ropes

7:11am Friday 28th November 2014

Sam Burgess has been reminded he must serve his union apprenticeship before being considered for England selection.

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