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Wednesday 17th September 2014
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BBC news for Ross-shire

Tidal turbine firm signs power deal

The developers of a tidal energy scheme in the Pentland Firth sign a deal to sell electricity generated by the project.

Faulty lights cause congestion

Technical difficulties with the traffic lights network in Inverness city centre have caused congestion, says Highland Council.

Former firefighter jailed for blazes

A long-serving retained firefighter is jailed for two years for starting two wildfires in the Highlands last year.

Councils braced for huge turnout

Scotland's 32 local authorities are in the final stages of a huge logistical exercise to ensure the smooth running of Thursday's independence referendum.

Litres of fuel stolen from port

Thousands of litres of red diesel has been stolen from the Port of Ardersier near Nairn, say police.

Police arrest 340 over warrants

Police Scotland make more than 340 arrests in Operation Deka, a two-week crackdown on warrant offenders.

Deer rescued from metal railings

A roe deer is rescued by animal welfare officers after it got stuck between the metal railings of a fence in Inverness.

Live BBC World News

Ebola global security threat - Obama

US President Barack Obama calls the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a threat to security worldwide while announcing a larger US role, including 3,000 troops, to help fight the virus.

Ukraine to vet officials for loyalty

Ukraine will screen one million civil servants for loyalty to the new government and root out corrupt practices, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk says.

Referendums 'torpedo EU' - Spain PM

Independence referendums in Scotland or Spain's Catalonia region are like a torpedo to European integration, Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy warns.

Thai murder police to quiz Britons

Police investigating the murders of Hannah Witheridge and David Miller in Thailand say two British men are "possible suspects" and will face questioning.

Dozens killed in Syria air strikes

Almost 50 people have been killed by two days of government air strikes in an opposition-held town in central Syria, activists say.

Shares plunge after Russian arrest

Russian billionaire Vladimir Yevtushenkov is put under house arrest on suspicion of money-laundering, and shares in his company Sistema tumble.

Lagos collapse 'killed S Africans'

At least 67 South Africans were killed when a church hostel belonging to Nigerian TV evangelist TB Joshua collapsed in Lagos, President Zuma says.

BBC Sports News

Transfer system is 'chaotic' - Dyke

FA chairman Greg Dyke wants the "chaotic" transfer system reformed in order to increase opportunities for English players.

VIDEO: Best football anthems - voted by you

Find out which football matchday songs make the 'Top Of The Kop' charts, as voted for by BBC Sport users.

Match-fixing treaty to be announced

A new treaty aimed at tackling match-fixing, which includes greater international co-operation, is to be introduced.

I had accident premonition - Norman

Two-time Open champion Greg Norman says he had a premonition about the chainsaw accident in which he nearly lost his left hand.

Tidal turbine firm signs power deal

The developers of a tidal energy scheme in the Pentland Firth sign a deal to sell electricity generated by the project.

Faulty lights cause congestion

Technical difficulties with the traffic lights network in Inverness city centre have caused congestion, says Highland Council.

Former firefighter jailed for blazes

A long-serving retained firefighter is jailed for two years for starting two wildfires in the Highlands last year.

Councils braced for huge turnout

Scotland's 32 local authorities are in the final stages of a huge logistical exercise to ensure the smooth running of Thursday's independence referendum.

Litres of fuel stolen from port

Thousands of litres of red diesel has been stolen from the Port of Ardersier near Nairn, say police.

Police arrest 340 over warrants

Police Scotland make more than 340 arrests in Operation Deka, a two-week crackdown on warrant offenders.

Deer rescued from metal railings

A roe deer is rescued by animal welfare officers after it got stuck between the metal railings of a fence in Inverness.

AskTen - Ten amazing things you may not have known last week
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1. Barnardo’s calculated that one in five families in England would not have been able to afford a trip to the seaside on bank holiday Monday last week. Looking at the cost of train tickets, fish and chips and sun cream, the charity estimated that a day trip could cost as much as £172.20 and blames welfare cuts for poverty. Metro

2. Networking, risk-taking and ruthlessness are the keys to running your own business, as well as being aged 31, a survey has found. Only six per cent of entrepreneurs feel academic qualifications were vital to success, with eight per cent saying their good looks had helped their chances. However, a third of those polled make less money and work longer hours than they had expected. BBC

3. There was a "statistically significant" rise in immigration in the year to March according to new figures. Net migration into the UK totalled 243,000 in the 12-month period, up almost 40% on the previous year. Some 560,000 people, most from the EU, entered the country and 316,000 left. David Cameron has pledged to reduce annual net migration to 100,000. The Times

4. The latest figures, from the 2012 Health Survey for England, show that 14% of children aged two to 15 were obese and 28% were classed as overweight or obese. Those aged 11 to 15 were more likely to be obese with one in five children placed in that category. In children aged two to 10, 10% of both boys and girls were obese. Daily Mail

5. The World Health Organization has called for a ban on the use of electronc cigarettes indoors and says age restrictions should be introduced to stop children using them. A new report says e-cigarettes are likely to be less harmful than traditional ones but says they should not be promoted as devices that can help people quit. Daily Express

6. The UK is deeply elitist according to an analysis of the backgrounds of more than 4,000 business, political, media and public sector leaders. The Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission study found that 71% of senior judges, 62% of senior armed forces officers, 55% of top civil servants, 43% of newspaper columnists and 36% of the Cabinet were educated at independent schools and Oxbridge. BBC

7. Darts is being given a middle-class makeover. The game, once synonymous with the working-class, is now drawing a wealthier crowd who are paying £600 for tickets. Prince Harry and Zara Phillips have both been to world darts championships. Stephen Fry has dipped his toe in darts commentary. The Sunday Times

8. Salaries offered in job advertisements have witnessed their first annual rise since the recession. A study found that the average annual wage offered in the UK was £33,873 in July, up 0.9% on the same period a year ago. The rise bucked this month’s official jobs data which showed an unexpected 0.2% drop in earnings growth in the three months to July. Daily Telegraph

9. House prices in Britain will be more than 25% higher in five years, with London finally being overtaken by other parts of the country. Property firm Savills predicts that house prices will jump by 9.5% this year across the UK, up from its original estimate of 6.5%, with the property market having “exceeded all expectations”. The Times

10. A slice of cake from Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s wedding in 1981 has sold at auction for $1,375 (£820). The cake, in its original white and silver presentation box, was sold to a mystery online bidder in Los Angeles. Fans of royal food have previously purchased cakes dating back to Queen Victoria’s wedding in 1840. The Times

The latest BBC Video News clips

VIDEO: Should 'vaping bars' be banned?

As new research shows most young people do not plan to smoke e-cigarettes, experts are divided over the safety of "vaping".

AUDIO: 'I found migrant under my campervan'

A driver describes the moment he found a migrant "clinging on with his fingernails" to the bottom of his campervan.

AUDIO: Blinded in one eye 'for being gay'

A photographer says he will continue his career despite being blinded in one eye in a homophobic attack.

VIDEO: Why are London pavements exploding?

Two van drivers had a lucky escape after a pavement explosion in central London which was caught on CCTV.

VIDEO: Crimewatch marks 30th anniversary

Television show Crimewatch is marking 30 years of helping to solve crimes by appealing to the public for information.

VIDEO: Cancer teen's mum: 'He touched so many'

Stephen Sutton's mother Jane pays tribute to her son as someone who ''lived life to the full'', as plans are revealed for spending the money he raised in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust.

VIDEO: 'Number of suspects' in Thai deaths

Police investigating the deaths of two Britons in Thailand say they are focussing on the Burmese migrant community, reports Jonathan Head on Koh Tao.