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Wednesday 23rd July 2014
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BBC news for Dumfriesshire

Police make Wickerman drinks appeal

Police urge people attending the Wickerman Festival in southern Scotland this week to consider the amount they drink at the event.

Councillor faces standards watchdog

A councillor in the Scottish Borders is being investigated by a standards watchdog over an alleged "non-declaration of interests".

Workmen take home unexploded bomb

A controlled explosion is carried out on a World War Two bomb which two workmen took home after finding it on a remote Borders hillside.

Striker denies pub threat charge

Queen of the South striker Derek Lyle denies a charge of threatening violence towards staff in a Dumfries pub.

Figures reveal rape report locations

More rapes were reported in West Fife than any other area in Scotland over a 14-month period, according to data obtained by BBC Scotland.

Figurine firm fined over explosion

A Carlisle company is fined £10,500 over health and safety breaches after an explosion at a figurine-making factory in Langholm.

Teenagers rescued from Solway Firth

A warning about swimming in open water is issued after two young girls had to be rescued after getting into difficulties in the Solway Firth.

Live BBC World News

MH17 victims begin long journey home

The first planes leave Ukraine carrying victims' bodies from crashed flight MH17 to the Netherlands, which is holding a day of mourning.

UN warns of Israel Gaza 'war crimes'

UN human rights chief Navi Pillay says Israel may have committed war crimes in the Gaza Strip, while also condemning Hamas rocket attacks.

Taiwan plane crash 'kills dozens'

More than 40 people have died when a plane crashed after making a failed emergency landing in Taiwan, local officials say.

Costa Concordia heads for scrapyard

The wreck of the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia is being towed away for scrap, in one of the biggest maritime salvage operations ever staged.

S Leone chief Ebola doctor infected

The doctor leading the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone is now being treated for the deadly virus, a statement from the presidency says.

Rival to challenge Indonesia result

The losing candidate in Indonesia's presidential election, Prabowo Subianto, will challenge the result in court, his spokesman says.

Quarantine over China plague death

Part of a city in north-west China is sealed off and dozens of people placed in quarantine after a man died of bubonic plague, state media say.

BBC Sports News

Glasgow Games to be 'biggest and best'

Athletes from 71 nations will compete in the Commonwealth Games, which get under way with the opening ceremony on Wednesday.

Which sport are you made for? Take our test

Take our sports quiz and we'll have our best stab at suggesting which events from the Commonwealth Games could match your physical and mental abilities.

After 10 days & 8,500 miles... St Helena reach Glasgow

St Helena's Commonwealth Games team travel five days on a ship and then take two flights to reach Glasgow.

Prior 'hunted mercilessly' by media

The media played a part in wicketkeeper Matt Prior's decision to stand down from England duty, says Sussex boss Mark Robinson.

Trott makes century for Warwickshire

Jonathan Trott hits his first century for Warwickshire since leaving England's winter Ashes tour because of stress.

Police make Wickerman drinks appeal

Police urge people attending the Wickerman Festival in southern Scotland this week to consider the amount they drink at the event.

Councillor faces standards watchdog

A councillor in the Scottish Borders is being investigated by a standards watchdog over an alleged "non-declaration of interests".

Workmen take home unexploded bomb

A controlled explosion is carried out on a World War Two bomb which two workmen took home after finding it on a remote Borders hillside.

Striker denies pub threat charge

Queen of the South striker Derek Lyle denies a charge of threatening violence towards staff in a Dumfries pub.

Figures reveal rape report locations

More rapes were reported in West Fife than any other area in Scotland over a 14-month period, according to data obtained by BBC Scotland.

Figurine firm fined over explosion

A Carlisle company is fined £10,500 over health and safety breaches after an explosion at a figurine-making factory in Langholm.

Teenagers rescued from Solway Firth

A warning about swimming in open water is issued after two young girls had to be rescued after getting into difficulties in the Solway Firth.

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

AUDIO: Police warn teens over explicit texts

Teenagers who send explicit pictures of each other could be threatened with prosecution, a police officer warns.

VIDEO: Scotland's athletes hope for medals

While Glasgow hopes to make an impression as host of the Commonwealth Games, Scotland's athletes will be hoping to make a lasting impression on the medal table.

VIDEO: Amur leopards born at zoo

Two rare Amur leopard cubs have been born at Twycross Zoo in Leicestershire.

AUDIO: Gay man had shocks on NHS as 'cure'

A man who was given electric shocks on the NHS in the 1970's to 'cure' his homosexuality says he 'deeply regrets' it.

VIDEO: Student texts make fly on wall TV show

BBC Click's Spencer Kelly goes behind the scenes of the TV programme The Secret Lives of Students.

VIDEO: Would you eat a 'waste' food curry?

Adam Smith set up the UK's first cafe which serves only waste, or "intercepted", food.

VIDEO: Play highlights housing frustration

The pitfalls of London's property market have been highlighted in a play at the Old Vic.