Press Association 2014 LATEST

Winkleman welcomed back on Strictly

Blackburn Citizen: Tess Daly gives Claudia Winkleman a hug during the Strictly Come Dancing live show

9:02pm Saturday 22nd November 2014

Claudia Winkleman received a warm welcome and managed to hold off the tears as she returned to presenting Strictly Come Dancing.

All Blacks snuff out Welsh hopes

Blackburn Citizen: Beauden Barrett, centre, scored two tries for New Zealand

8:01pm Saturday 22nd November 2014

World champions New Zealand staged a storming second-half display to dash Wales' hopes of claiming a famous victory at the Millennium Stadium.

United impress at Emirates

Blackburn Citizen: Manchester United's Wayne Rooney, right, scores the second goal against Arsenal

7:49pm Saturday 22nd November 2014

Manchester United moved back into the top four of the Barclays Premier League with a 2-1 smash-and-grab raid at Arsenal.

Ireland grind to impressive win

Blackburn Citizen: **ALTERNATIVE CROP** Ireland players (from left) Jamie Heaslip, Ian Madigan, and Peter O'Mahony celebrate

7:20pm Saturday 22nd November 2014

Ireland fended off a relentless late onslaught to grind past Australia 26-23 despite being outscored three tries to two in Dublin.

Mackay touched by Wigan welcome

Blackburn Citizen: Wigan boss Malky Mackay, right, thanked the club's fans and staff for the welcome

7:00pm Saturday 22nd November 2014

Malky Mackay admits he was touched by his welcome at Wigan but warned that the media have "had their pound of flesh" on non-football matters.

Red Bull duo to start from the back

Blackburn Citizen: Red Bull drivers Daniel Ricciardo, right, and Sebastian Vettel have been disqualified from qualifying ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

5:50pm Saturday 22nd November 2014

Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel have been disqualified from the qualifying results ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Switzerland take lead in France

Blackburn Citizen: Roger Federer, left, and Stan Wawrinka celebrate victory (AP)

5:45pm Saturday 22nd November 2014

Switzerland took a step towards their first Davis Cup title after victory for Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka in Saturday's doubles against France in Lille.

Rich OAPs 'should lose fuel money'

Blackburn Citizen: Jo Swinson said young people should get help with cheaper bus travel

5:23pm Saturday 22nd November 2014

Rich pensioners should be stripped of their winter fuel allowance to give young people cheaper bus tickets to work or college, according to the UK's employment relations and equalities minister.

Toure takes on City challenge

Blackburn Citizen: Yaya Toure, centre, scores for Manchester City against Swansea

5:21pm Saturday 22nd November 2014

Yaya Toure responded to Manuel Pellegrini's rallying call as he fired champions Manchester City to a 2-1 Barclays Premier League win over Swansea.

Chelsea march goes on

Blackburn Citizen: Diego Costa scored Chelsea's opener in the 11th minute

5:21pm Saturday 22nd November 2014

Chelsea's title charge shows no signs of abating, with West Brom the latest side swatted away by Jose Mourinho's men.

In-form Scots power past Tonga

Blackburn Citizen: Blair Cowan scored the first of Scotland's five tries

4:54pm Saturday 22nd November 2014

Scotland rounded of 2014 with another hugely encouraging display as they swept five tries past Tonga in a 37-12 win at Kilmarnock's Rugby Park.

Minister condemns Kenya bus attack

Blackburn Citizen: Hearses arrive at Wilson Airport in Nairobi as relatives wait for news of those killed in a bus attack in the northern Kenyan town of Mandera (AP)

4:44pm Saturday 22nd November 2014

Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire has condemned a terrorist attack in north-east Kenya which killed 28 people.

Finn accepts 'unselectable' tag

Blackburn Citizen: Steven Finn is out to prove himself again

4:31pm Saturday 22nd November 2014

England's tour of Sri Lanka is Steven Finn's chance to prove how far he has come in the 10 months since he was deemed "unselectable" in Australia.

Lib Dems change stance on benefits

Blackburn Citizen: Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Willie Rennie has address his party conference in Dunfermline

4:19pm Saturday 22nd November 2014

The Liberal Democrats have reviewed their position that Scottish benefits should be controlled from London and advocated the transfer of "a major package of welfare powers to the Scottish Parliament".

Whelan: I'll walk away if FA acts

Blackburn Citizen: Wigan owner Dave Whelan, right, is facing the prospect of a Football Association ban

3:34pm Saturday 22nd November 2014

Dave Whelan has warned he will resign as chairman of Wigan if the Football Association punishes him for the controversy which has seen him labelled "a racist" by Cardiff owner Vincent Tan.

Mercedes duo ready for final battle

Blackburn Citizen: Nico Rosberg will start Sunday's Abu Dhabi GP from pole position

2:16pm Saturday 22nd November 2014

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg fired their final shots in the psychological war that has unfolded ahead of their Formula One title showdown in Abu Dhabi.

Stenson defence remains on track

Blackburn Citizen: Henrik Stenson shared the lead with a round to go

2:04pm Saturday 22nd November 2014

Defending champion Henrik Stenson remained on course to achieve a personal milestone worth more than £1.3million as Rory McIlroy suffered a nightmare two-hole spell in the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.

Waller warns of title backlash

Blackburn Citizen: Northampton's Alex Waller is expecting Saracens to be out for revenge this weekend

1:23pm Saturday 22nd November 2014

Alex Waller has warned Northampton Saints to expect an Aviva Premiership title backlash at Saracens on Sunday.

Two Britons 'die fighting for IS'

Blackburn Citizen: Islamic State militants planting their flag on a hilltop near the Turkey-Syria border (AP/file)

1:22pm Saturday 22nd November 2014

Two British men have reportedly been killed fighting for Islamic State (IS) in Syria.

101 and 111 number faults resolved

Blackburn Citizen: The 101 police non-emergency hotline experienced difficulties for up to two hours before being resolved

12:05pm Saturday 22nd November 2014

People reporting non-urgent police and medical matters were hit by technical faults on the 101 and 111 numbers today.

Rosberg sets early Saturday pace

Blackburn Citizen: Mercedes' Nico Rosberg was quickest in final practice ahead of Formula One's title-deciding race in Abu Dhabi

11:32am Saturday 22nd November 2014

Nico Rosberg put Formula One title rival Lewis Hamilton in the shade in final practice ahead of their championship showdown in Abu Dhabi.

Horner: Vettel going at right time

Blackburn Citizen: The working relationship between Christian Horner, left, and Sebastian Vettel, right, is coming to an end

11:22am Saturday 22nd November 2014

Christian Horner believes the time was right for Sebastian Vettel to leave Red Bull.

I miss my friend Brucie, says Tess

Blackburn Citizen: Tess Daly misses working with Sir Bruce Forsyth

10:43am Saturday 22nd November 2014

Strictly Come Dancing presenter Tess Daly has told how she misses working with "mentor and friend" Sir Bruce Forsyth.

PM 'must give up' Whelan donations

Blackburn Citizen: Dave Whelan has donated more than £1m to the Conservative Party

10:43am Saturday 22nd November 2014

David Cameron is under pressure to give up £1.5 million in donations from businessman Dave Whelan amid allegations of racist comments by the Wigan Athletic chairman.

Balls: use bank fines for NHS boost

Blackburn Citizen: Ed Balls says the UK's banks still need big reform

9:51am Saturday 22nd November 2014

Labour is calling for a billion pounds in bank fines to be handed to the NHS today as it seeks to move on from the damaging snobbery row.

Man held by anti-terror police

Blackburn Citizen: The man was arrested at Heathrow Airport

9:35am Saturday 22nd November 2014

A man has been arrested on suspicion of preparing for acts of terrorism, police said.

Pension 'mis-selling' report due

Blackburn Citizen: Some pensioners could obtain increases worth thousands of pounds a year, reports say

9:22am Saturday 22nd November 2014

The financial watchdog is preparing to publish a report into alleged mis-selling of retirement contracts by insurance companies.

Man charged with 'car body' murder

Blackburn Citizen: Police are appealing for anyone with information to contact them

9:13am Saturday 22nd November 2014

A man has been charged with murder after a body was found in a car.

30 Scarlett Johansson facts for her 30th birthday

Blackburn Citizen: 30 Scarlett Johansson facts for her 30th birthday

9:06am Saturday 22nd November 2014

ScarJo (don’t tell her we called her that) turns 30 today. We wonder if she’ll be taking another trip to Disneyland?

William warns on ivory trade rise

Blackburn Citizen: The Duke of Cambridge says time is running out for some of Africa's most magnificent creatures

7:42am Saturday 22nd November 2014

The Duke of Cambridge has called for "zero tolerance" on the ivory trade, which he says is increasing "alarmingly".

Diamond hails Sale defence

Blackburn Citizen: Steve Diamond was delighted with his hard-working Sale Sharks

7:02am Saturday 22nd November 2014

Sale Sharks boss Steve Diamond was delighted with his side's defensive efforts at the Stoop as his side secured a rare victory over Harlequins.

Excitement building for Hamilton

Blackburn Citizen: Lewis Hamilton is relaxed ahead of the deciding weekend in the championship race

7:00am Saturday 22nd November 2014

Lewis Hamilton is feeling "like a kid at Christmas" as the excitement builds ahead of the possibility of him becoming a double Formula One world champion.

Patients 'hit by GP target culture'

Blackburn Citizen: A report says a GP target culture pushes patients into unwanted treatments, while denying them others

5:54am Saturday 22nd November 2014

Patients are being "pushed" into treatments they do not want and denied others by family doctors under pressure to hit targets, according to a new report.

Probe into 'gas blast' at top hotel

Blackburn Citizen: Ambulance crews outside the Churchill Hyatt Regency hotel, London, following a suspected gas explosion (London Ambulance Service/PA)

2:51am Saturday 22nd November 2014

Investigations are under way into an explosion, believed to have been caused by a gas leak, at a top London hotel.

Housing stock valued at £5 trillion

Blackburn Citizen: The value of private homes has soared in the past year, a new report says

12:21am Saturday 22nd November 2014

The total value of the UK's private housing stock has broken through £5 trillion this year as the property market recovery has taken off, a report has found.

Stepson charged over nurse's death

Blackburn Citizen: Rui Li, 44, who was discovered dead in the boot of a car in Bournemouth.

12:21am Saturday 22nd November 2014

The stepson of a nurse found dead in the boot of a car has been charged with conspiracy to murder and is due to appear in court today.

Life for toilet rape paedophile

Blackburn Citizen: John Ferrier has been jailed for life for raping an 11-year-old boy in the toilets at Manchester's Arndale shopping centre (Greater Manchester Police/PA)

12:21am Saturday 22nd November 2014

A man who raped an 11-year-old boy in the toilets of a major shopping centre has been jailed for life.

Duke gives award to Melinda Gates

Blackburn Citizen: The Duke of Cambridge presents Melinda Gates with the Chatham House Prize 2014, at the Royal United Services Institute and Banqueting House in Whitehall.

12:21am Saturday 22nd November 2014

The proud parents of philanthropist Melinda Gates watched on while the Duke of Cambridge presented her with an award in recognition of her humanitarian work tackling poverty and poor health in the developing world.

Occupy vows to continue protest

Blackburn Citizen: Protesters from the Occupy group attempt to stop traffic in Parliament Square

12:21am Saturday 22nd November 2014

Protesters who spent the night near Parliament Square today said they planned to remain outside the Supreme Court until Sunday evening.

Service held for pub bombs' victims

Blackburn Citizen: The Dean of Birmingham Catherine Ogle speaks during a memorial service at St Philip's Cathedral, Birmingham, for the 21 people who died in the Birmingham pub bombings in 1974.

12:21am Saturday 22nd November 2014

Relatives of the victims of one of the worst peacetime bomb attacks on the British mainland gathered in solemn remembrance of the deadly atrocity's 40th anniversary.

Pulses Quicken over jungle Jake

Blackburn Citizen: Jake Quickenden is one of the latest stars to join the I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! line-up (ITV/PA)

12:21am Saturday 22nd November 2014

Jake Quickenden put the x -factor into I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here! when he arrived in the camp.

Henning 'killed for being selfless'

Blackburn Citizen: Barbara Henning, centre, and her children Lucy and Adam unveil a memorial stone at a service for murdered British aid worker Alan Henning at Eccles Parish Church in Manchester

12:21am Saturday 22nd November 2014

The widow of murdered British aid worker Alan Henning has told a memorial service he was killed "for being what we should be, selfless and caring".

NHS staff depart for Ebola mission

Blackburn Citizen: NHS staff training in North Yorkshire before leaving for Sierra Leone to join the fight against Ebola

12:21am Saturday 22nd November 2014

The first NHS staff have left for Sierra Leone to join the fight against Ebola.

PM won't win majority - Reckless

Blackburn Citizen: New Ukip politician Mark Reckless

12:21am Saturday 22nd November 2014

It is "incredibly unlikely" that David Cameron will win the general election outright and he will need Ukip MPs to deliver an in-out referendum on EU membership, Mark Reckless has insisted.

Occupy vows to continue protest

Blackburn Citizen: Protesters from the Occupy group attempt to stop traffic in Parliament Square

11:18pm Friday 21st November 2014

Protesters who spent the night near Parliament Square remained outside the Supreme Court today, insisting that they planned to stay until tomorrow evening.

Van Gaal delays Falcao decision

Blackburn Citizen: Radamel Falcao has endured a frustrating start to his Manchester United career

10:57pm Friday 21st November 2014

Louis van Gaal has delayed his decision on whether to buy Radamel Falcao because of the latest injury to the Manchester United striker.

Farrell happy to play with Ford

Blackburn Citizen: Owen Farrell has had to hand over number 10 duties

10:08pm Friday 21st November 2014

Owen Farrell is happy to concede centre stage to George Ford when the former school friends start their first England match together in Saturday's QBE International against Samoa.

Cipriani kicks Sale to victory

Blackburn Citizen: Danny Cipriani was accurate with the boot for Sale Sharks

9:57pm Friday 21st November 2014

Sale Sharks recorded their first Aviva Premiership win at the Stoop since May 2008 as Danny Cipriani kicked his team to a 16-12 victory at Harlequins.

Kendra didn't do so well in tonight's Bushtucker Trial

Blackburn Citizen: Kendra didn't do so well in tonight's Bushtucker Trial

9:56pm Friday 21st November 2014

Kendra Wilkinson’s second trial in as many days didn’t go completely to plan.

Could Edwina Currie and Jake Quickenden have a jungle romance?

Blackburn Citizen: Could Edwina Currie and Jake Quickenden have a jungle romance?

9:36pm Friday 21st November 2014

Could Jake and Edwina be forming an unlikely romance? Or is there someone else after his heart…

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