Press Association 2014 LATEST

Fan defies Bush's pleas over video

This Is Lancashire: Kate Bush asked fans not to film her Before The Dawn concert at the Hammersmith Apollo

1:24pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

Footage from the first night of Kate Bush's comeback gigs has surfaced online despite the star's plea to her fans not to film the show.

Warnock back on Palace throne

This Is Lancashire: Former Leeds boss Neil Warnock has not managed a club since leaving Leeds in 2013

1:22pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

Neil Warnock has been appointed Crystal Palace's new manager, the club have announced.

Cowell turns back on sob stories

This Is Lancashire: Simon Cowell says he doesn't want any more sob stories on The X Factor

1:16pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

Simon Cowell has said even he is sick of hearing X Factor contestants' sob stories and won't be lending a sympathetic ear to them this year.

Eto'o lets Mourinho dispute lie

This Is Lancashire: Samuel Eto'o could make his Everton debut against former club Chelsea

1:07pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

Samuel Eto'o has drawn a line under his dispute with Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho as he begins the latest chapter of his career with Everton.

Aldi and Lidl keep up the pressure

This Is Lancashire: Half of households shopped at Aldi or Lidl at least once over the summer, it is reported

12:36pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

Half of households shopped at Aldi or Lidl at least once over the summer as the discounters kept up their pressure on the "big four" supermarkets.

Minister's plea for charity ice

This Is Lancashire: Both sides of the referendum debate have embraced the ice bucket challenge

12:35pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

Supermarkets profiting from increased sales of ice during the ice bucket challenge craze should donate their proceeds to charity, Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael has said.

Brunel artefacts going on display

This Is Lancashire: The cigar once smoked by Isambard Kingdom Brunel

12:33pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

A half-smoked cigar belonging to celebrated engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel is to go on public display for the first time.

Britain is 'deeply elitist society'

This Is Lancashire: Many members of Britain's judiciary have had a private education, a report has found

12:33pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

Britain is still "deeply elitist" with privately-educated pupils and Oxbridge graduates continuing to dominate top roles in society, a major new report warns.

Better Together video 'insulting'

This Is Lancashire: Women For Independence claimed that a Better Together campaign video is 'insulting'

12:33pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

Female nationalists have criticised an "insulting" Better Together campaign video which they claim depicts Scottish women as "daft ditherers" who do not understand enough about the independence referendum.

Deadline looms for CPP cover claims

This Is Lancashire: Around seven million people were eligible for payouts after being mis-sold Card Protection Plan cover

12:29pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

People who were mis-sold a type of cover for bank and credit cards face a last-minute dash to return their claim forms now or else they will miss out on compensation.

Mallinder confident in Saints squad

This Is Lancashire: Jim Mallinder is confident Northampton have what it takes to retain their title

12:27pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

Northampton director of rugby Jim Mallinder is confident Saints are well equipped for their Aviva Premiership title defence despite their lack of new signings over the summer.

Missing people 'guardians' proposed

This Is Lancashire: Becoming a 'guardian of the property and affairs of a missing person' means taking care of that person's financial situation

12:22pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

Families of missing people could be given new powers under Government proposals to take care of the legal and financial affairs of their absent relatives.

House prices increased 2% in July

This Is Lancashire: Figures show that the cost of buying a home rose 2 per cent in July

11:39am Wednesday 27th August 2014

Average house prices throughout the country rose at a slower rate during July, latest figures show.

Inbetweeners' Jay after Palace job

This Is Lancashire: James Buckley applied for the Crystal Palace job as his character Jay Cartwright

11:07am Wednesday 27th August 2014

James Buckley has applied for the position of Crystal Palace manager - on behalf of his Inbetweeners alter-ego Jay Cartwright.

Business leaders backing No vote

This Is Lancashire: Co-operative Bank chief executive Niall Booker is one of a group of business leaders unconvinced by the indepencence campaign

10:31am Wednesday 27th August 2014

A group of 130 business leaders have insisted that the case for Scottish independence "has not been made".

Milan eyeing Chelsea duo

This Is Lancashire: AC Milan are hopeful of signing Chelsea forward Fernando Torres

10:27am Wednesday 27th August 2014

AC Milan are hoping to acquire Chelsea pair Fernando Torres and Marco van Ginkel before the end of the summer transfer window.

Military training for Harry Styles

This Is Lancashire: Harry Styles is going through tough military work-outs

10:16am Wednesday 27th August 2014

Harry Styles is apparently following a military fitness plan on the advice of Clint Eastwood.

Ora on board for 50 Shades sequels

This Is Lancashire: Rita Ora has signed up for the Fifty Shades Of Grey sequels

10:16am Wednesday 27th August 2014

Rita Ora has signed up for the two Fifty Shades Of Grey sequels.

Delevingne tipped for Zoolander 2

This Is Lancashire: Cara Delevingne is tipped for a role in Zoolander 2

10:16am Wednesday 27th August 2014

Cara Delevingne is reportedly being lined up for the female lead in Zoolander 2.

Theron sees plus side to ageing

This Is Lancashire: Charlize Theron believes women get better with age

10:16am Wednesday 27th August 2014

Charlize Theron has said she believes women "come into their prime" in their 40s.

Cavill does Ice Bucket as Superman

This Is Lancashire: Henry Cavill is among the latest stars to do the Ice Bucket challenge

10:16am Wednesday 27th August 2014

Henry Cavill stayed in character as Superman to take the Ice Bucket challenge.

Neil Young and wife to divorce

This Is Lancashire: Neil Young is splitting from his wife of 36 years

10:16am Wednesday 27th August 2014

Neil Young is reportedly splitting from his wife after more than 36 years.

Zoos help frog with no croak

This Is Lancashire: A golden mantilla, one of the top 10 reptiles and amphibians avoiding extinction with the help of zoos (BIAZA/PA)

9:21am Wednesday 27th August 2014

A frog with no croak and the world's biggest lizard are among the top 10 reptiles and amphibians avoiding extinction with the help of zoos, a report has said.

Terror 'drum beat has changed'

This Is Lancashire: Would-be jihadis should lose their British passports Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said

9:18am Wednesday 27th August 2014

British extremists who go to fight abroad should be stripped of their passports , the country's most senior police officer has said.

Secret of herding sheep discovered

This Is Lancashire: A study found rounding up sheep successfully is a deceptively simple process involving just two basic mathematical rules

8:10am Wednesday 27th August 2014

Sheepdogs could find their job taken over by robots after scientists learned the secret of their herding ability.

Farage confident of seat success

This Is Lancashire: Nigel Farage is to contest the South Thanet constituency next year

7:42am Wednesday 27th August 2014

Nigel Farage has admitted he could be replaced as Ukip leader if his party fails to win a seat at next year's general election.

Dons defeat no shock to Van Gaal

This Is Lancashire: Louis van Gaal watches on as his side are thumped by MK Dons

7:37am Wednesday 27th August 2014

Manchester United's humiliating 4-0 defeat to MK Dons came as no surprise to Louis van Gaal, who insisted he needs time to turn things around at Old Trafford.

Fine for RBS over mortgage advice

This Is Lancashire: Royal Bank of Scotland has been fined £14.5 million by the City regulator

7:33am Wednesday 27th August 2014

Royal Bank of Scotland is to pay a fine of £14.5 million after it failed to address serious failings in its advice to mortgage customers for nearly a year after being alerted by the City regulator.

Cook backed to end World Cup woe

This Is Lancashire: Joe Root has big plans in ODI cricket

7:16am Wednesday 27th August 2014

Joe Root has excelled in Test cricket of late and is confident he and Alastair Cook have what it takes to underpin England's bid for a first World Cup this winter.

Federer turns on the style

This Is Lancashire: Roger Federer continued his good form under the lights at Flushing Meadows (AP)

7:07am Wednesday 27th August 2014

Roger Federer put on a show in front of Michael Jordan to reach the second round of the US Open.

Civil partnership conversion plea

This Is Lancashire: Laws enabling same-sex marriage in England and Wales were passed last year

3:04am Wednesday 27th August 2014

A couple campaigning for a change to the rules governing the conversion of civil partnerships into full marriages are presenting a petition to the minister responsible for equal marriage today.

Lohan 'a Grand publicity seeker'

This Is Lancashire: The makers of the Grand Theft Auto video games claim Lindsay Lohan has sued them for attention

3:00am Wednesday 27th August 2014

The companies behind the Grand Theft Auto video games say actress Lindsay Lohan's legal action claiming the game's latest instalment features a character based on her is an attention-seeking bid.

Darling and Brown reunite to say No

This Is Lancashire: Gordon Brown (left) and Alistair Darling are linking up once again to campaign for a No vote

1:13am Wednesday 27th August 2014

Alistair Darling will be reunited with former prime minister Gordon Brown today as the two men join forces to campaign to keep Scotland in the United Kingdom.

Downsized Nato 'can't fight Russia'

This Is Lancashire: General Sir Richard Shirreff says Nato cannot defend itself against Russian adventurism because of military downsizing

1:13am Wednesday 27th August 2014

Western Europe would not be able to defend itself against Russian intervention because of the progressive dismantling of military capability, one of Britain's most senior generals has warned.

TNT ad banned over post claims

This Is Lancashire: A TNT Post spokeswoman said the firm will "comply with the request for greater clarity in the future"

12:27am Wednesday 27th August 2014

An ad in which TNT Post compared itself to Royal Mail has been banned for implying that it offered the same service and similar prices as its competitor.

Fresh search for IRA victim's body

This Is Lancashire: Kieran Megraw is hopeful his brother Brendan's remains will be found

12:25am Wednesday 27th August 2014

The brother of a newly-wed murdered and secretly buried by the IRA has expressed hope of finally finding his body ahead of fresh searches commencing in remote bogland in the Irish Republic today.

Cumbrian restaurant the top table

This Is Lancashire: L'Enclume in Cartmel, Cumbria remains top of the list

12:25am Wednesday 27th August 2014

Chef Simon Rogan's restaurant L'Enclume has been ranked the best in Britain for the second year running by an influential guide.

Overseas nurses to face exams in UK

This Is Lancashire: Overseas nurses and midwives are to face new assessments

12:25am Wednesday 27th August 2014

Nurses who trained outside Europe will do two exams instead of a supervised work placement as part of a new process assessing their eligibility to work in the UK.

Committee to discuss clerk furore

This Is Lancashire: Committee chairman Bernard Jenkin confirmed a meeting will be held to decide whether to hold a pre-appointment hearing

12:25am Wednesday 27th August 2014

An influential committee of MPs will meet next week to discuss whether to call in the Speaker's recommended candidate for the post of Commons clerk to answer questions.

Cash diverted to fund school places

This Is Lancashire: A squeeze on school places has been fuelled in part by a rising birth rate and changes in local populations

12:25am Wednesday 27th August 2014

Councils have been forced to cut back on school repairs, building projects and to borrow money to plug a £1 billion black hole in funding for school places, it has been claimed.

Ebola Briton gets experimental drug

This Is Lancashire: Michael Jacobs of the Royal Free Hospital in north London gives a news conference on the condition of Ebola sufferer William Pooley

12:25am Wednesday 27th August 2014

Doctors will continue to monitor the effects of an experimental drug on Britain's first confirmed Ebola patient, with the next few days described as "crucial".

Police boss 'must quit over abuse'

This Is Lancashire: South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright is facing calls to quit

12:25am Wednesday 27th August 2014

South Yorkshire police and crime commissioner (PCC) Shaun Wright should quit following the "devastating" report into child abuse in Rotherham , the Labour Party has said .

New kitemark for financial apps

This Is Lancashire: Barclays' Pingit app is among the first to get a new BSI kitemark

12:06am Wednesday 27th August 2014

A new kitemark to help people identify apps and websites that they can trust with their personal and financial details has been launched.

Green Deal advert 'misleading'

This Is Lancashire: An advertorial included claims regarding the savings that could be made following green home improvements

12:06am Wednesday 27th August 2014

An advert for the Government's Green Deal misled householders by implying that energy savings were guaranteed under the scheme, the advertising watchdog has ruled.

Murray has an upbeat outlook

This Is Lancashire: Andy Murray, pictured, was unsure why he suffered cramp in his US Open first-round win over Robin Haase

11:56pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

Andy Murray feels he is "playing with the house's money" after his narrow escape against Robin Haase at the US Open.

Shrews shock Foxes

This Is Lancashire: Shrewsbury produced one of the upsets of the night

11:17pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

Andy Mangan handed Shrewsbury a shock Capital One Cup victory over Barclays Premier League new-boys Leicester.

United humbled by MK Dons

This Is Lancashire: Will Grigg and MK Dons secured one of the most improbable results ever in the Capital One Cup

10:18pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

Manchester United suffered one of the most humiliating defeats in their long and proud history as MK Dons piled yet more misery on Louis van Gaal.

Blair welcomes Gaza ceasefire

This Is Lancashire: Tony Blair congratulated the Egyptian government on its successful negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian factions

9:51pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

Former prime minister Tony Blair has welcomed the announcement of an open-ended ceasefire in Gaza but expressed regret at the "tragic" loss of so many innocent lives.

Sea rescue pair seriously ill

This Is Lancashire: The pair were taken from the water at Woolacombe Beach in north Devon amid 'heavy' surf conditions in the region

9:51pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

A woman and a nine-year-old boy are seriously ill in hospital after being rescued from the sea.

Miley Cyrus date wanted by police

This Is Lancashire: Miley Cyrus hugs Jesse Helt at the MTV Video Music Awards

8:49pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

The young homeless man who accompanied Miley Cyrus to the MTV Video Music Awards has a warrant out for his arrest in Oregon.


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