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BBC News: Harrison Ford 'hurt in plane crash'
Friday 6th March 2015
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BBC news for Inverness-shire

New £42m ferry breaks down

The new £42m MV Loch Seaforth ferry built for the Stornoway to Ullapool route breaks down just weeks after its first sailing.

Fuel rebate for 17 areas approved

The European Union approves the rollout of rural fuel rebates to 17 areas in Scotland and England.

Rolling stones inspire arts project

Large rocks that roll around the seabed of a Scottish firth are the inspiration for a new £118,000 arts project.

North shopping centre could be sold

The Eastgate - the biggest shopping centre in the Highlands - could be sold to new owners.

Extra time for Halloween spirits

A licensing board is asking the public whether extended opening times should be available to pubs and clubs on Burns Night and Halloween.

Walkers' help sought on hare culls

Hillwalkers and climbers are being asked to help SNH in recording large-scale culls of blue hares, one of the UK's most elusive animals.

Armed police 'stopped' drink drivers

Armed police officers have stopped drink drivers and helped search for missing people, MSPs are told.

Extra ferry sailings for the summer

Additional ferry sailings will be provided between Stornoway and Ullapool over the summer to help the tourism industr.

Live BBC World News

Syria Nusra chief 'killed in strike'

The military commander of Syria's al-Nusra Front militant group, Abu Homam al-Shami, is reportedly killed in an air strike.

Argentina prosecutor 'was murdered'

Independent tests show that Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman was deliberately killed, his family says, ruling out accident or suicide.

Harrison Ford injured in plane crash

US actor Harrison Ford is in a "fair to moderate condition" after crashing a small plane on to a golf course in Los Angeles.

PLO ends Israel security assistance

The Palestinian Liberation Organisation ends security co-operation with Israel which dates back to the 1993 Oslo Accords.

'Boko Haram' kill dozens in Nigeria

Suspected Boko Haram militants kill at least 64 people in a raid on a remote village in Borno state, north-east Nigeria, witnesses say.

Boston victim 'spotted bomber’

A man who lost his legs in the Boston Marathon bombings told the court that he locked eyes with one of the bombers just before the attack.

Top US circus to end elephant act

The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus said it plans to stop using the animals by 2018.

Thousands flee battle for Iraqi city

A military operation to retake the Iraqi city of Tikrit from Islamic State forces about 28,000 people to flee their homes, the UN says.

BBC Sports News

Cisse accepts FA spitting charge

Newcastle's Papiss Cisse faces a possible seven-game ban after accepting a charge of spitting at Manchester United's Jonny Evans.

Sexist chanting needs reporting - FA

Fans are urged by the FA to report sexist abuse after evidence women officials and staff are being subjected to obscene chants.

Why would you captain Pakistan?

Spot-fixing, banned bowlers and never playing at home - Misbah-ul-Haq on the curious life of a Pakistan skipper.

Which Britons can win European gold?

BBC pundits pick the British athletes they think will win medals at the European Indoor Championships in Prague.

Friday's gossip column

Hodgson wants extended stay as England boss, Matic offered new Chelsea deal, Arsenal and Liverpool chase Morata, plus more.

Johnson-Thompson 'fearless & ready'

Katarina Johnson-Thompson hopes a fearless attitude will help her win gold at the European Indoor Championships.

New £42m ferry breaks down

The new £42m MV Loch Seaforth ferry built for the Stornoway to Ullapool route breaks down just weeks after its first sailing.

Fuel rebate for 17 areas approved

The European Union approves the rollout of rural fuel rebates to 17 areas in Scotland and England.

Rolling stones inspire arts project

Large rocks that roll around the seabed of a Scottish firth are the inspiration for a new £118,000 arts project.

North shopping centre could be sold

The Eastgate - the biggest shopping centre in the Highlands - could be sold to new owners.

Extra time for Halloween spirits

A licensing board is asking the public whether extended opening times should be available to pubs and clubs on Burns Night and Halloween.

Walkers' help sought on hare culls

Hillwalkers and climbers are being asked to help SNH in recording large-scale culls of blue hares, one of the UK's most elusive animals.

Armed police 'stopped' drink drivers

Armed police officers have stopped drink drivers and helped search for missing people, MSPs are told.

Extra ferry sailings for the summer

Additional ferry sailings will be provided between Stornoway and Ullapool over the summer to help the tourism industr.

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


1. London workers are the most productive in the UK with Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly the least productive. Although those results are not a surprise, the chasm is vast: in central London the average worker is producing 42% more every hour than the national average, while in Cornwall they produce 28% less than the national average. Office for National Statistics

2. A growing number of 30-somethings are being forced to leave London as soaring property prices mean they cannot afford to live in the capital. London's population is set to reach a record high of 8.6m, making housing an ever more central issue at the general election. One in six tenant say housing say housing is the issue most likely to affect their vote. Office for National Statistics

3. People who commute into London from the south-east are the rail passengers most likely to be delayed, according to consumer group Which? They were also the most likely to be unhappy with their train operator, a poll of 7,309 people found. Southern had the worst score of any train firm, with 39% of users reporting delays. BBC

4. A new guide to making the perfect cup of tea may finally settle the question of when to add the milk in a breakthrough that will be a blow to many purists. The British Standards Institution (BSI) has released a guide called Preparation Of A Liquor Of Tea For Use In Sensory Tests that sets out what it deems to be the essentials for a perfect brew. According to the BSI, the milk must be poured into the cup before the tea, which should be brewed for six minutes. The Times

5. Russell Brand has been named alongside the likes of Henry Kissinger and Hilary Mantel on a shortlist of the world's greatest minds. The comedian and activist is included on Prospect magazine's 50-strong World Thinkers 2015 shortlist. Last year, the award was won by Indian intellect Amartya Sen, with the figures such as Pope Francis and broadcaster Mary Beard in the top 10. The Times

6. The number of pensioners being treated for class-a drug addiction has doubled in six years, says the Daily Star. Data released by Public Health England shows 634 pensioners aged 65 or above needed treatment for drug addiction in the last year. Most of them are being treated for problems with heroin and other opiates - but 80 are addicted to both heroin and crack. Daily Mail

7. More than 20 years after his death, Random House Children’s Books has revealed it will publish a recently- discovered Dr Seuss manuscript with illustrations called “What Pet Should I Get?” on July 28. The publisher plans at least two more books, based on materials found in 2013 in the author’s home in La Jolla, California, by his widow and secretary. Daily Express

8. Government surveyors in the U.S. have determined a new height for the Washington Monument — about 25 cm shorter than what has been thought for more than 130 years. The new official measurement puts the monument at 169 metres, as measured from the floor of the main entrance to the top. Ever since the stone obelisk was completed in 1884 to honour the nation’s first president, the historic height has been recorded at 169.2 metres. The Observer

9. Cézanne's 'The Card Players' was the most expensive work of art ever sold (£170 million in 2011) until the sale of Gauguin's 'When Will You Marry?' for close to £195m earlier this month. The Guardian

10. The traditional 'gift bag' given to Hollywood's leading players at the Oscars will this year be worth £104,000. It is said to include an adult toy worth $250, free furniture worth $28,000 and a $14,239 lifestyle makeover. New York Times

The latest BBC Video News clips

VIDEO: Child star with Down's syndrome back on TV

Ruben Reuter has Down's syndrome and has secured a main role in a new show for CBBC.

VIDEO: Can marketing change your vote?

The Today programme's John Humprys is in Watford with marketing expert Gail Parminter and some political soap-powder.

VIDEO: App guides blind people on the Tube

A new trial on the London Underground is designed to help blind and partially-sighted people get around independently using wireless technology.

VIDEO: Classic Ford Mexico car stolen

Police have released CCTV footage of a ram raid car theft in Surrey

VIDEO: BoE under investigation for fraud

The SFO is investigating the Bank of England after allegations that the process under which it lent to banks during the financial crisis was "rigged".

VIDEO: Scotland election battle 'wide open'

Labour is vowing to "fight every step of the way" in Scotland despite polling suggesting the party could face a near wipe-out at the hands of the Scottish National Party.

VIDEO: Meningitis: 'No one should go through this pain'

The parents of a girl who lost part of her limbs after catching Meningitis B are supporting a campaign to speed up introduction of a vaccine against the disease.

VIDEO: Stepbrother charged with Becky murder

Nathan Matthews, the stepbrother of missing 16-year-old Becky Watts, has been charged with her murder, Avon and Somerset Police have said.