Strictly, Star Wars and soaps aid Children in Need

Image caption The hosts: Marvin and Rochelle Humes, Mel Giedroyc, Tom Allen, Graham Norton, Ade Adepitan and Tess Daly Children in Need is the BBC’s official UK charity and raises money for disadvantaged young people around the country, such as those experiencing poverty, with disabilities, or victims of abuse or neglect. Image caption Strictly judge Craig Revel Horwood appears in a sketch with EastEnders’ Ricky Champ and Rudolph Walker Image caption Graham Norton gives Julio, Iara and Emma control over his famous lever Image caption England stars Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford and Raheem Sterling with children from the England Amputee Football Association and presenter Mark Wright A special edition of BBC One’s The Hit List features pop stars including rapper …

Deval Patrick announces presidential campaign

(CNN)Deval Patrick officially announced a late-entry 2020 presidential campaign on Thursday, thrusting the former Massachusetts governor into an already crowded field of Democratic candidates less than three months before the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary. In his announcement video, Patrick signaled his intention to offer optimism over strict progressive ideology, presenting himself as a candidate who will strive to unify deep divisions in the country. His words echoed similar strains from several of his new rivals. “I admire and respect the candidates in the Democratic field. They bring a richness of ideas and experience and a depth of character that makes me proud to be a Democrat,” Patrick said in his announcement video. “But if the character of the …

Chiropractic patient neck break ‘rare and unusual’

‘Gentle manipulation’ Mr Lawler had come to her at the end of July for an initial assessment complaining of aches in his legs. She was told Mr Lawler had back surgery a decade ago for spinal stenosis and had metal rods inserted in his lower back. Mrs Scholten said despite this she believed she could relieve some of his pain by what she described as “gentle manipulation”. “I did think I could help. I would never start care unless I thought I could help,” she said. Mrs Scholten said treatment involved a hand-held activator, which applies a light pressure to the patient, and dropping a section of the treatment table to “stretch” the joint tissues. On the 11 August she …

Flood-affected communities to get more help

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe BBC’s David Shukman views the scale of the flooding in the Doncaster area from a helicopter The prime minister has announced more support for communities in parts of northern England affected by flooding. Boris Johnson made the commitment following a meeting of the government’s emergency Cobra committee earlier. He had faced criticism from Labour and the Liberal Democrats who said he should declare a “national emergency”. Mr Johnson said it had been “an absolute tragedy for those who have seen such damage to their homes and livestock”. He said authorities were working “flat out” and a request had been made for “a little bit more help” from the military in getting …

American families fleeing Mexico arrive in Arizona days after cartel massacre

A woman and child stood by the coffins of Dawna Ray Langford, 43, and her sons Trevor, 11, and Rogan, 2, who were killed by drug cartel gunmen on Monday. (Associated Press) The Americans were riding in a convoy of SUVs when attackers opened fire on a dirt road from La Mora leading to Colonia LeBaron. Gunmen from the Juarez drug cartel had apparently set up the ambush as part of a turf war with the Sinaloa cartel, and the U.S. families drove into it. Mexican officials said the attackers may have mistaken the group’s large SUVs for those of a rival gang. The coffin containing the remains of 12-year-old Howard Jacob Miller Jr. was lowered into a grave on Friday. (Associated Press) …

A Buffalo Wild Wings worker died after exposure to a cleaning agent. 10 other people went to hospitals

(CNN)A Buffalo Wild Wings employee died — and 10 other people were sent to hospitals — after they were exposed to a cleaning agent used on the kitchen floor of one of the chain’s Boston-area restaurants Thursday evening, fire officials said. A second worker “attempted to squeegee the product out of the building when he was overcome,” Patterson said. Firefighters were called, and responders found the second employee suffering from nausea outside. An ambulance took that man to a hospital, where he died, Patterson said. Ten other people at the restaurant — eight employees and two customers — checked themselves in to hospitals Thursday, with symptoms including breathing difficulties, watery and runny eyes, and shortness of breath, Patterson said. They …

What Facebook’s ad archive reveals about the campaign so far

So what does the data in the Ad Library tell us about the first week of campaign advertising? Targeting battlegrounds Parties can choose to show adverts to people in specific locations but the only location data provided in the Ad Library is at a national level – e.g. Scotland. We know some of the places the Conservatives and the Brexit Party have been targeting, because they told us in the adverts themselves. The Conservative Party has been running a group of 30 almost identical paid-for adverts but each one focuses on a different constituency, showing the number of votes that would have won the Conservatives the seat at the last election. Image copyright Labour Party Plus, there will be other …

Camilla pulls out of event due to illness

But the duchess was forced to cancel her scheduled appearance at a gala dinner in London to mark the 200-year anniversary of Prince Albert’s birth. Image copyright EPA Image caption Regiments, military associations and other organisations have laid crosses in the grounds During the visit, Harry spoke with his great-grandmother’s former driver Arthur Barty, who was representing his former unit The Black Watch. Mr Barty, who drove the Queen Mother for 27 years until her death in 2002, said: “I covered almost 100,000 miles with the Queen Mother. “I never thought for a minute I would meet His Royal Highness or Her Royal Highness but it was an absolute pleasure to chat to them.” On Sunday, the Queen will lead …

Mali attack leaves more than 50 soldiers dead

(CNN)At least 53 soldiers and one civilian have been killed in a terrorist attack on the Malian Armed Forces, according to Mali’s government. No group has so far claimed responsibility for the assault. The attack is one of the deadliest on military personnel in recent years. It follows separate attacks on army posts in central Mali in September that killed 38 soldiers. Separatists and al Qaeda-linked insurgents often target military outposts in the West African nation. A jihadist insurgency spread into the north and center of Mali in 2012, and foreign troops and the government have been unable to fully regain control of some regions of the landlocked West African country. The European Union, which has been training Malian government …

Musician reunited with 250,000 violin in car park

Image copyright Stephen Morris Image caption The violin, pictured here, had recently been restored The breakthrough came on Thursday when Mr Morris received a direct Twitter message, which read: “I recognise the person in the picture. I think it may be somebody I know – I’d like to be of help. I know what it’s like to leave valuables on a train.” Over the next 24 hours further contact was made with the person who had sent the message – it’s suspected that he was in fact the individual who had taken the violin. Calling himself “Gene”, which was not his real name, the man agreed to meet Mr Morris on Friday evening at a Waitrose car park near Beckenham …

Lib Dems lodge complaint over ITV election debate

The Lib Dems have pledged to cancel Brexit if they win the election as a majority government. ITV, which announced the head-to-head election debate on Friday, said it would also hold a “multi-party debate” before the 12 December poll. The Conservatives, Labour, Lib Dems, SNP, Brexit Party and Plaid Cymru will take part, represented by either their leader or “another senior figure”, it said. ‘No reasonable justification’ The head-to-head debate will be hosted by news presenter Julie Etchingham and take place on Tuesday 19 November. After the main event, ITV said it would hold a live interview-based programme to allow other parties to comment on the debate. Broadcasting rules in place during the official election campaign period require producers to …

‘My six-year wait for dental braces’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThomas Kendall needs orthodontic treatment but has been waiting since he was 12 to receive it When Thomas Kendall was 12 he was told he needed an orthodontic brace, but six years later he is still waiting. Thomas said he was now desperate to receive the treatment he needs as he is due to start university next year. He has had an initial assessment, but needed to make a 90-mile (145km) round trip from his home in Llanbadarn, near Aberystwyth, to Carmarthen – where the only NHS orthodontist under the Hywel Dda University Health Board is located. Thomas contacted BBC Wales to ask how many young people in west Wales are in …

Prince Andrew’s friends claim photos with Epstein were fake: report

Photo from 2001 that was included in court files released last week shows Prince Andrew with his arm around the waist of 17-year-old Virginia Giuffre who says Jeffrey Epstein paid her to have sex with the prince. Andrew has denied the charges. In the background is Epstein’s girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell. (U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals) Giuffre, now 35, claimed in her first televised interview on “Dateline NBC” in September that she had sex with Prince Andrew in 2001 when she was 17 at Maxwell’s London townhouse. She said Maxwell, who recruited her as Epstein’s “sex slave,” also propositioned her to the prince despite the royal knowing her age.  Prince Andrew has vehemently denied the allegations. The source said an analyst …

Veterans For Impeachment Score With Signs At World Series

Veterans for Impeachment staked out a high visibility site for their message at Game 5 of the World Series between the Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros: right behind home plate.  Donald Trump watched the game. When the president and first lady appeared on the Jumbotron as well, the crowd booed him and chanted “ Common Defense, an organization of veterans opposed to Trump administration policies, told HuffPost that the signs were visible for about 15 minutes during the fifth inning before security confiscated them. Two other large red banners reading “Impeach Trump!”— apparently not linked to the veterans’ group — were also spotted at the game hanging from the bleachers in both the left and right field. They were also …

Pro-independence protesters clash with police after massive peaceful rally in Barcelona

A Catalan police officer aims his weapon against demonstrators during clashes in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) Catalonia held its first vote for independence in November 2014. At the time, 80.8 percent of voters said they wanted Catalonia to be an independent state. Today Catalonia’s 7.5 million residents are divided roughly in half between those opposing and those in support of secession. Spain’s government has told Catalonia’s separatists that the national Parliament would have to amend the Constitution, which considers the nation indivisible, to make secession legal. POPE FRANCIS PROPOSES FEMALE DEACONS, MARRIED PRIESTS AT AMAZON SYNOD Catalonia was an independent state until the early 1700s with the birth of modern-day Spain. The region was granted …