Press Association 2014 LATEST

England edge to victory in opener

The Argus: Sam Tomkins, pictured, and brother Joel were among England's best performers during their narrow victory over Samoa

9:24am Saturday 25th October 2014

England survived a major scare to get their Four Nations Series campaign off to a successful start with a 32-26 triumph over Samoa in a thrilling clash in Brisbane.

EuroMillions set for 25 £1m prizes

The Argus: EuroMillions players will have the chance to win once-in-a-lifetime experiences on top of £1m prizes

9:12am Saturday 25th October 2014

Twenty-five millionaires will be created next Friday by EuroMillions to mark the launch of "mega Fridays".

Walsh: Law And Order locked me in

The Argus: Bradley Walsh hosts new game show Keep It In The Family (ITV)

6:58am Saturday 25th October 2014

Bradley Walsh has said he left Law And Order: UK to get more variety in his work.

Steve Carell: I laugh off bad days

The Argus: Steve Carell has learned to laugh off bad days

6:58am Saturday 25th October 2014

Steve Carell has admitted he can relate to his new film Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day - but he has learned to laugh off those kind of days.

Franklin: I have a fear of flying

The Argus: Aretha Franklin will head to the UK once she conquers her flying phobia

6:58am Saturday 25th October 2014

Aretha Franklin has promised she will return to the UK, once she gets over her fear of flying.

Nesbitt gripped by new Missing show

The Argus: James Nesbitt plays a man whose son disappears in The Missing

6:58am Saturday 25th October 2014

James Nesbitt has said his new series The Missing has reminded him of why he wanted to be an actor.

Radcliffe confesses filthy humour

The Argus: Daniel Radcliffe kept Juno Temple entertained with his jokes on the set of Horns

6:58am Saturday 25th October 2014

Daniel Radcliffe may be most famous as innocent wide-eye wizard Harry Potter - but he has admitted to having a filthy sense of humour.

Foley satisfied with win

The Argus: Munster coach Anthony Foley was satisfied with the 14-3 victory over Saracens on Friday night

6:10am Saturday 25th October 2014

Munster head coach Anthony Foley described his side's 14-3 win over Saracens at Thomond Park as 'satisfying' but admits the Pool 1 leaders have a lot of work to do to reach the quarter-finals of the inaugural European Champions Cup.

Driving licence fees to be slashed

The Argus: The cost of obtaining and renewing driving licences is to fall

5:49am Saturday 25th October 2014

Young drivers facing the mounting costs of taking to the road might well breathe a little easier after the Government announced it was slashing the cost of obtaining a licence.

Sam: My web troll child snatch fear

The Argus: X Factor winner Sam Bailey says an internet troll made her fear for her children's safety

4:55am Saturday 25th October 2014

X Factor winner Sam Bailey has revealed how a run-in with a web "troll" on social media led to her being contacted by social services.

Pocket money rise 'outstrips wages'

The Argus: Research has revealed how pocket money has gone up over the last 27 years

12:34am Saturday 25th October 2014

Children's pocket money payouts have risen more than twice as fast as their parents' wage increases since the late 1980s, research has found.

McConaughey scoops thriller award

The Argus: Brenda Blethyn attending the Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards 2014 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London

12:08am Saturday 25th October 2014

Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey has picked up another award to add to his growing trophy collection - scooping best actor at the Crime Thriller Awards.

Measures to improve used car market

The Argus: Jo Swinson has announced measures to improve the used car market

12:08am Saturday 25th October 2014

More measures are to be introduced to prevent consumers getting bad deals when buying used cars, the Government has announced.

Rwanda suspends BBC radio service

The Argus: The BBC has defended its documentary about the country's genocide

12:08am Saturday 25th October 2014

The BBC has had one of its African radio services suspended by the Rwandan government in protest at a documentary about the country's 1990s genocide, the broadcaster said.

Asda faces mass action on equal pay

The Argus: A law firm says it is taking legal action against supermarket giant Asda over claims some employees have been underpaid

12:08am Saturday 25th October 2014

Supermarket giant Asda could face legal action from tens of thousands of mainly female employees who claim they have been underpaid.

Scott Mills reveals Cheryl support

The Argus: Scott Mills, with partner Joanne Clifton, failed to dazzle the Strictly judges (BBC/PA)

12:08am Saturday 25th October 2014

Strictly Come Dancing contestant Scott Mills revealed he has found unlikely support from Cheryl Fernandez-Versini - as he prepares to hit the dancefloor tonight.

Gadgets contest to help disabled

The Argus: Mark Harper has launched a competition to create gadgets for disabled people

12:08am Saturday 25th October 2014

The Government has launched a Dragons' Den style competition to encourage British entrepreneurs to create gadgets to help disabled people.

Judges poised to prune boyband

The Argus: Louis Walsh is set to cut his boyband down to size

12:08am Saturday 25th October 2014

The remaining X Factor contestants face the judges - and the public - this weekend with an exit predicted for at least one member of boyband Stereo Kicks.

Barroso's EU book 'waste of money'

The Argus: Jose Manuel Barroso has been accused of wasting taxpayers' money with a book produced to mark the end of his 10 years in Brussels' top job. (Handout photo for use in UK, Ireland or Benelux countries only.)

12:08am Saturday 25th October 2014

Conservative chairman Grant Shapps has accused European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso of wasting taxpayers' money with a book produced to mark the end of his 10 years in Brussels' top job.

Firms 'fail on credit card rights'

The Argus: Advisers at financial firms need better training on credit card protections, campaigners said

12:08am Saturday 25th October 2014

Financial firms are failing to explain properly the protections that people are entitled to when they pay by credit card, consumer group Which? has found.

Lamont quits 'untenable' leadership

The Argus: Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont is to stand down

12:08am Saturday 25th October 2014

Johann Lamont has resigned as leader of the Scottish Labour Party accusing the Westminster leadership of treating the party in Scotland as a "branch office".

Pellegrini confident of Hart deal

The Argus: Joe Hart has impressed for Manchester City this season

10:44pm Friday 24th October 2014

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini is confident England goalkeeper Joe Hart will sign a new contract at the Etihad Stadium.

Delph out until 2015

The Argus: Fabian Delph's impressive 2014 is set to end with him on the sidelines

10:43pm Friday 24th October 2014

Fabian Delph's operation on his dislocated shoulder has been a success - but he is not expected to play for Aston Villa again this year.

Scottish Labour leader to quit

The Argus: Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont is to stand down

10:12pm Friday 24th October 2014

Johann Lamont has resigned as leader of the Scottish Labour Party with a parting shot at the Westminster leadership.

Newcastle take control

The Argus: Dean Richards presided over Newcastle's second-straight European Challenge Cup victory at Newport Gwent Dragons

10:11pm Friday 24th October 2014

Newcastle Falcons took early control of Pool Three with a creditable 30-26 victory at Newport Gwent Dragons.

McConaughey scoops thriller award

The Argus: Matthew McConaughey was given the accolade for his role in the acclaimed series True Detective

10:06pm Friday 24th October 2014

Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey has picked up another award to add to his burgeoning trophy collection - scooping best actor at the Crime Thriller Awards.

McConaughey scoops thriller award

The Argus: Matthew McConaughey was given the accolade for his role in the acclaimed series True Detective

10:05pm Friday 24th October 2014

Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey has picked up another award to add to his burgeoning trophy collection - scooping best actor at the Crime Thriller Awards.

Kilcoyne try sinks Saracens

The Argus: Munster's Dave Kilcoyne, left, came off the bench to score a decisive try against Saracens

10:01pm Friday 24th October 2014

Munster ended a tight European Champions Cup encounter on their terms as Saracens succumbed to the red tide at Thomond Park.

Rwanda suspends BBC radio service

The Argus: The BBC has defended its programme on the genocide

9:26pm Friday 24th October 2014

The BBC has had one of its African radio services suspended by the Rwandan government in protest at a documentary about the country's 1990s genocide, the broadcaster said.

Asda faces mass action on equal pay

The Argus: A law firm is taking action against Asda over claims some employees are being underpaid

8:55pm Friday 24th October 2014

Supermarket giant Asda could face legal action from tens of thousands of mainly female employees who claim they have been underpaid.

Smart drugs worth £200,000 seized

The Argus: People have been warned about taking 'cognitive enhancers' that have not been properly tested or licensed

8:48pm Friday 24th October 2014

Smart drugs worth £200,000 have been found in the largest seizure of the substances in the UK, officials said.

Suarez: Biting is an impulse

The Argus: Uruguay and Barcelona striker Luis Suarez was banned from competitive football for four months

8:47pm Friday 24th October 2014

Luis Suarez says he is getting help in order to control his "impulse" to bite.

Nadal to miss O2 after shock loss

The Argus: Rafael Nadal's injury problems have ended his season

8:42pm Friday 24th October 2014

Rafael Nadal is to miss the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena to undergo appendix surgery.

Coric upsets Nadal to make semis

The Argus: Rafael Nadal, pictured, was stunned by Borna Coric in Basle

8:25pm Friday 24th October 2014

Teen sensation Borna Coric saw off childhood hero Rafael Nadal to set up a Basle semi-final showdown with David Goffin.

Brother swindled out of inheritance

The Argus: Peter Howes swindled his brother out of a share of a £1.5 million inheritance

6:53pm Friday 24th October 2014

A husband who swindled his brother out of a share of a £1.5 million inheritance after his parents died has been jailed for four years and four months.

Jade killer dogs 'were friendly'

The Argus: Shirley and Michael Anderson only allowed Jade to visit her friend Kimberley Concannon because she had had a good school report

6:08pm Friday 24th October 2014

A woman whose dogs savaged to death a teenager described them as "friendly, timid and loving" - while a vet described one as being among the most aggressive dogs he had ever come across.

Van Gaal unfazed by criticism

The Argus: Louis Van Gaal has struggled to get his Manchester United side firing on all cylinders

6:05pm Friday 24th October 2014

Louis van Gaal will put up his "iron shield" and do battle with those who criticise his methods at Manchester United.

May signs new Gloucester deal

The Argus: Gloucester and England wing Jonny May has signed a new deal with the Aviva Premiership club

5:25pm Friday 24th October 2014

England wing Jonny May has signed a new contract with Aviva Premiership club Gloucester.

Mother gets more time in care fight

The Argus: The case was heard in Chelmsford

5:06pm Friday 24th October 2014

A woman has won the latest round of a fight to care for her 15-month-old daughter after a family court judge said she had not been given time to allay social workers' concerns.

Williams through to last four

The Argus: Serena Williams, pictured, progressed to the last four of the WTA finals in Singapore without hitting a ball on Friday

5:04pm Friday 24th October 2014

Serena Williams reached the last four at Singapore's WTA finals and tied down the year-end world number one ranking without hitting a ball on Friday.

Van Gaal hints Valdes could stay

The Argus: Victor Valdes will train with Manchester United

5:03pm Friday 24th October 2014

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has refused to rule out the possibility of signing goalkeeper Victor Valdes.

Allardyce: Song can be our Yaya

The Argus: Alex Song, pictured, can be a key player for West Ham, according to Sam Allardyce

4:48pm Friday 24th October 2014

Sam Allardyce believes on-loan midfielder Alex Song will be a "Yaya Toure-type signing" for West Ham this season.

Rodgers admits defensive issues

The Argus: Dejan Lovren was a big money summer signing for Liverpool

4:45pm Friday 24th October 2014

Under-fire striker Mario Balotelli's spell in the headlines has helped deflect attention from Liverpool's real problem but manager Brendan Rodgers knows that is something which cannot be ignored.

Service personnel rents set to rise

The Argus: Michael Fallon said the current system was out of date meaning many rents had fallen behind the 'appropriate rate' for properties which are of a higher standard than in the past

3:50pm Friday 24th October 2014

Rents charged to many service personnel are set to increase under "major reforms" to accommodation rates aimed at reflecting higher quality homes now available, the Defence Secretary has announced.

Universities 'face cash problems'

The Argus: Universities in England face "significant challenges" over their finances, according to a new report

3:49pm Friday 24th October 2014

England's universities are set to face significant financial challenges over the next three years, according to a report.

First woman bishop likely next year

The Argus: General Synod rule changes should enable the appointment of the first women bishops next year, it is claimed

3:35pm Friday 24th October 2014

The first female Church of England bishop is likely to be appointed in 2015, a senior official has said.

Murray battles through in Valencia

The Argus: Andy Murray battled his way into the semi-finals of the Valencia Open

3:31pm Friday 24th October 2014

Andy Murray survived a test of his credentials to see off South Africa's Kevin Anderson in three sets and secure a place in the semi-finals of the Valencia Open.

Men jailed over attack on blind man

The Argus: British Transport Police praised the dignity of the victims

3:21pm Friday 24th October 2014

CCTV footage of a registered blind man being pushed onto the tracks during a violent assault at a train station has been released by British Transport Police (BTP).

Firefighters escalate strike action

The Argus: Firefighters are to escalate their strike action

3:21pm Friday 24th October 2014

Strikes by firefighters are to be escalated after hopes of a breakthrough in a long running dispute over pensions collapsed.

Top clubs lobby for May date

The Argus: Top European clubs are reportedly ready to recommend a May World Cup in 2022

3:14pm Friday 24th October 2014

A powerful group of top European football clubs is set to lobby for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to take place between April and May.

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