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Monday 28th July 2014
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BBC news for County Durham

Driver jailed after police chase

A driver who knocked down and killed a boy on a footpath eight years ago is back in jail after leading police on a high-speed pursuit.

Painting commemorates sea rescue

A dramatic rescue in which a fisherman was killed after being swept into the mouth of the River Tees, is commemorated with a painting.

Bike borrowed to help hurt cyclist

A paramedic borrows a bicycle to help save an injured teenager who was down an inaccessible path in Darlington.

Beauty spots still at fracking 'risk'

Government guidance that fracking licences can only be issued for beauty spots in "exceptional circumstances" is given a cautious welcome by the National Trust.

Training centre plans for park

A park in Middlesbrough could be used by a college to develop a new training centre.

Cameron accused of Tyne Tees mix-up

Prime Minister David Cameron appears to think he is speaking to people on Tyneside during an interview with BBC Tees.

Dig site is 'Pompeii of the north'

A "hugely significant" find is unearthed in Durham

Live BBC World News

Deadly violence in Gaza and Israel

Gaza and southern Israel see an upsurge in violence despite a plea by the UN secretary general for a cessation of hostilities.

Ferry students 'floated from cabins'

Students who survived South Korea's ferry disaster describe how they floated out of flooded cabins, as the trial of the crew continues.

MH17 jet 'downed by shrapnel'

Security officials in Ukraine say the Malaysia Airlines jet downed in eastern Ukraine suffered an explosive loss of pressure caused by missile shrapnel.

Russia to appeal $50bn Yukos payout

Russia will appeal a court decision ordering it to pay the biggest compensation package to date, amounting to $50bn (£29.5bn) in damages.

Lightning kills man on US beach

One man is killed and several people are hurt following lightning strikes on crowded Venice Beach in Los Angeles, California.

Tripoli fuel fire 'out of control'

A second fuel tank at Libya's biggest fuel storage facility is in flames as the government requests international assistance to contain the huge blaze.

AH5017 pilots 'asked to turn back'

French foreign minister reveals that the pilots of Air Algerie flight AH5017 requested to return to Burkina Faso after hitting bad weather.

BBC Sports News

Bell & Buttler put England on top

Ian Bell stars with a superb 167 as England take control of the third Test against India on day two, declaring on 569-7.

Rosberg is leading Hamilton on merit, says Coulthard

Lewis Hamilton is a street fighter but Nico Rosberg can cope with the pressure of a title battle, says David Coulthard.

Gold medal record for Scotland

Scotland set a new national record of 12 Commonwealth Games gold medals midway through day five in Glasgow.

Man City & Italy racism claims probed

Fifa looks into claims a Manchester City player was racially abused in Croatia, and that an Italian official made racist comments.

Driver jailed after police chase

A driver who knocked down and killed a boy on a footpath eight years ago is back in jail after leading police on a high-speed pursuit.

Painting commemorates sea rescue

A dramatic rescue in which a fisherman was killed after being swept into the mouth of the River Tees, is commemorated with a painting.

Bike borrowed to help hurt cyclist

A paramedic borrows a bicycle to help save an injured teenager who was down an inaccessible path in Darlington.

Beauty spots still at fracking 'risk'

Government guidance that fracking licences can only be issued for beauty spots in "exceptional circumstances" is given a cautious welcome by the National Trust.

Training centre plans for park

A park in Middlesbrough could be used by a college to develop a new training centre.

Cameron accused of Tyne Tees mix-up

Prime Minister David Cameron appears to think he is speaking to people on Tyneside during an interview with BBC Tees.

Dig site is 'Pompeii of the north'

A "hugely significant" find is unearthed in Durham

AskTen - Ten amazing things you may not have known last week
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1. What Wonga would owe if it applied its own annual 5,853% interest rate to the £2.6m in compensation it now has to pay 45,000 customers. The payday lender had sent threatening letters from fake law firms, and charged a fee for sending them out. Financial Times

2. Before you go on a summer shopping spree, this may make you put the plastic back in your wallet. One in five people will take 17 years to pay off credit card debts, a study suggests. The figure is based on those paying off the minimum each month towards the average debt of £4,500 at 17.9 per cent. Metro

3. Voters will be asked if Britain needs a new Magna Carta, as the constitutional document reaches its 800th anniversary next year. The Commons wants to know if rules of democracy need to be written down, as many of them are based on common law and conventions at present. The consultation runs until January. Daily Express

4. One in four children spends less than half-an-hour outdoors each day, the National Trust says. More than half of youngsters aged seven to 12 spend less than an hour outside, it added. Nine in ten have never taken part in traditional outdoor activities such as playing conkers or building a raft, a poll of parents showed. Daily Mail

5. UK scientists have made a “major step forward” in the race to develop a blood test to predict the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Research on more than 1,000 subjects has identified a set of proteins in the blood whose presence can predict the onset of the dementia condition with 87 per cent accuracy. Daily Telegraph

6. Retail prices are falling at the fastest rate since records began. Ferocious competition on the high street is forcing retailers to offer cut-price food, clothes, footwear and electrical items. The British Retail Council says typical prices in the shops were down by 1.8% in June year-on-year. Food prices mildly bucked the trend with a marginal inflation of 0.6%, but the cost of non-edible items dropped by 3.4%. The Times

7. Think fondly of your boss – he or she might work a day more than you each week. According to a study from the Institute of Leadership and Management, almost half of UK managers work an extra day of unpaid overtime per week. The pressures of work and remote access to email through smartphones and tablets leave over 90% of managers working outside contracted and paid hours, the study found. The Times

8. All passengers flying into and out of the UK have been told that mobile devices in their hand luggage must have enough charge to be switched on. The new guidelines come after the US announced extra security checks last week. The rules cover phones, tablets and other gadgets including razors and cameras. Uncharged devices will not be allowed on board planes. Metro

9. In 2045 the world population will reach 10.4bn with more than 70% of people living in crowded urban areas, predicts a new study. In Global Strategic Trends – Out to 2045, a Ministry of Defence think tank also forecasts that 3.6bn people will suffer water shortages and terrorists will have access to cheap, unmanned drones and space satellites. The Observer

10. Richard Linklater's new drama Boyhood, opens in UK cinemas last week. Filmed over 12 years, it tells the story of a boy's life from age six to 18, as he becomes man and faces life's challenges. With Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette. "An astonishing achievement," says The Guardian.

The latest BBC Video News clips

VIDEO: 'Prince Harry said no to selfie'

Two Australian Commonwealth Games hockey players who found the Queen had 'photo-bombed' their selfie have tried to have their photo taken with Prince Harry.

VIDEO: Airshow attracts '500,000 visitors'

Around 500,000 visitors are estimated to have descended on Sunderland for its 26th airshow.

VIDEO: Help for Heroes fraudster 'humbled'

A man who stole hundreds of thousands of pounds form the Help for Heroes charity is facing a lengthy jail sentence after pleading guilty in court

VIDEO: 'I've never been involved in drugs'

The singer and former X Factor judge, Tulisa Contostavlos has told the BBC she has never been involved in drugs and she has never taken cocaine.

VIDEO: 'Roar' as Didcot towers demolished

Three disused cooling towers at Didcot A Power Station have been demolished using more than 180kg of explosives.

VIDEO: DPP on helping witnesses give evidence

The new Director of Public Prosecutions on helping witnesses give evidence in court without the need for new laws.

VIDEO: CBeebies goes classical at Proms

The BBC Philharmonic is staging the first ever Cbeebies event at the Proms.