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California wildfires: ‘I saw cars become metal and bones’

[ad_1] Image copyright William Hart Image caption William Hart saw charred people and animals as he fled his home in California About 250,000 people have been forced to flee to avoid three major wildfires in California. Some of the evacuees have shared their stories with the BBC.'Three minutes separated me from death'When William Hart woke up on Friday morning, he didn't notice anything unusual until he opened his front door.

Stan Lee on how he created Spider-Man

[ad_1] American writer Stan Lee has died at the age of 95.Speaking in 2012, the man behind many of Marvel Comics' famous superheroes explained what he looked for in one of his most iconic characters.By 2017 he would find himself doing Spider-Man's signature "web-slinging" move on the Hollywood red carpet. [ad_2] Source link

Brexit talks in endgame, says Theresa May

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption Theresa May and husband Philip attend the Lord Mayor's Banquet Negotiations over the UK's departure from the EU are "now in the endgame", Theresa May says.Addressing the Lord Mayor's Banquet in the City of London, the prime minister said the talks were "immensely difficult", but the sides were working "through the night" to make progress."This will not be an agreement at any cost," the
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Strictly Come Dancing: Danny John-Jules skips spin-off show after exit

[ad_1] Image caption Danny John-Jules and his dance partner Amy Dowden Danny John-Jules failed to appear on Strictly Come Dancing's spin-off show as planned on Monday night.The Red Dwarf actor and his partner Amy Dowden were eliminated from Strictly on Sunday, days after the pair reportedly had a row during training.The eliminated couple usually appear on BBC2's It Takes Two for an exit interview, but Dowden appeared alone.The show's host,
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French mother tried for hiding baby in car boot

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Image caption Rosa-Maria Da Cruz is accused of keeping her baby hidden in a room in her house and in the boot of her car A French woman has gone on trial accused of hiding the existence of a child she kept in the boot of her car.The girl was discovered by a garage mechanic who heard noises when the car was brought in for repairs.The
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Comedian Dave Chappelle photobombs engagement shoot

[ad_1] Image copyright jayceemariephoto Image caption "So, I was shooting this engagement session at a brewery tonight and this dude photobombed us," photographer Jaycee Brammer said on Instagram A young, American couple were surprised when comedian Dave Chappelle photobombed their engagement shoot.They were even more surprised when their subsequent Reddit post received more than 90,000 upvotes in 24 hours. Thomas Saunders, 26, and Emily Eldridge, 24, spotted the comedian at

Lawyer ‘assaulted after Houses of Parliament bar row’

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Image caption Ronald Freeman has worked as an engineer contractor in Parliament for 11 years A lawyer was assaulted after he followed a Houses of Parliament contractor who had yanked his security pass off his neck, a court heard.Ronald Freeman is accused of shoving Peter Brooksbank to the ground outside a House of Commons bar on 5 December.Mr Brooksbank said the push left his face "black

Mystery monkey: history of unique Xenothrix fossil revealed

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The monkey, called the xenothrix, was closely related to the titi monkey which lives in the Amazon A mysterious extinct monkey from Jamaica that is unlike any other in the fossil record has South American roots, according to new evidence.DNA extracted from fossilised bones suggests the monkey first colonised the island 11 million years ago.It had no predators there and it evolved strange
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#ThisIsOurLane: Doctors hit back at pro-gun group NRA

[ad_1] Image copyright David Morris Image caption Trauma surgeon David Morris responded to an NRA tweet with this photograph When America's powerful pro-gun group told doctors to mind their own business, the response was swift, furious and viral."Unless you've had someone's heart stop beating in your hands, you don't get to tell those of us who have what is and is not our 'lane'," trauma surgeon David Morris, 42, told
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Edinburgh Airport ‘assisting Salmond investigation’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Salmond told BBC Scotland in an interview in the summer that he had never sexually harassed anyone Police have spoken to staff at Edinburgh Airport as part of their inquiry into the conduct of former First Minister Alex Salmond.It emerged in August that two women had made complaints to the Scottish government about Mr Salmond.Airport bosses confirmed that they were "assisting police
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School isolation rooms: ‘It was like I didn’t exist’

[ad_1] The BBC has learned that more than 200 school children spent at least five consecutive days placed in school isolation booths last year. Isolation facilities are used to remove pupils from classrooms when their behaviour has been disruptive.More than 5,000 children with special educational needs were also found to have spent time in isolation rooms at some stage.The Department for Education says children should be in isolation no longer
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Tory rebellion over fixed-odds betting terminals

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWhat are fixed-odds betting terminals?The government is facing a rebellion over when a crackdown on fixed-odds gambling machines is introduced.Ministers have promised to cut the maximum stake from £100 to £2 in October 2019 - but some MPs are calling for it to happen sooner.More than 20 Conservatives have joined opposition politicians in trying to bring the change forward to April

Stan Lee obituary: The genius of the superhero creator

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Image caption Stan Lee was born Stan Lieberman in 1922 American comic book writer Stan Lee was the human behind the superheroes.Many marvel at the man who gave his characters extraordinary powers and everyday headaches - a formula which revolutionised comics.The Hulk, Iron Man, Daredevil and the Fantastic Four all sprang from his fertile imagination and spilled onto the page.But while his career may have started
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Stan Lee: Marvel Comics co-creator dies aged 95

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Stan Lee was born Stan Lieberman in 1922 American writer and Marvel Comics co-creator Stan Lee has died at the age of 95.Lee and Jack Kirby founded the company in 1961, beginning with The Fantastic Four and going on to create titles such as Spider-Man and The Incredible Hulk.Lee's wife, Joan, died in 2017 - also aged 95 - but he is survived
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Charles Bronson on trial for HMP Wakefield prison governor attack

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Image caption Notorious Charles Bronson is a former bare-knuckle boxer who was first jailed for armed robbery in 1974, and has served more than 40 years in jail Prisoner Charles Bronson whistled The Great Escape theme moments before launching himself at a prison governor, a court has heard.Bronson, 65, had wanted to attack Mark Docherty for months, blaming him for a ban on guests taking pictures
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Stolen dog found in Bangor 300 miles from London home

[ad_1] Image copyright Peter Daniel Image caption Juan Mino was reunited with Kiara in Bangor more than a year after she was stolen from his garden in London An 11-year-old dog has been found nearly 300 miles from home more than a year after she was stolen.Pomeranian Kiara was taken from her garden in London in August 2017.But when two stray dogs wandered into Peter Daniel's house in Bangor, Gwynedd,
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Car crash data thief ‘unlucky’ to be jailed

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mustafa Kasim was accused of illegally stealing personal details from vehicle repair software A car repair worker has been sentenced to jail for stealing customers' personal data from his former employer.The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) says it is the first time someone will go to prison as a result of a case it has prosecuted.Mustafa Kasim stole accident information and the names, phone

Academic Sir Roger Scruton’s housing role defended by ministers

[ad_1] Ministers have defended the choice of Sir Roger Scruton to head a new housing body, amid calls for him to quit.The conservative academic was recently named as chairman of a new public body to encourage better designed homes.But Labour said past "hateful" comments about homosexuality, which he once said was "not normal", and Islamophobia, which he called a "propaganda word", raised questions about his suitability.Communities Secretary James Brokenshire said

Apple iPhone sales fears rock Wall Street

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Apple chief executive Tim Cook presents the firm's newest line of products Apple shares have slumped by more than 4%, dragging down US markets and wiping more than $40bn (£31bn; €35bn) off the tech giant's market value.The fall followed a profit warning from one of the firm's major suppliers, which exacerbated concerns that demand for iPhones is slowing.It renewed declines that started earlier
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Daniel Sturridge: Liverpool striker charged with breaching betting rules

[ad_1] Sturridge joined Liverpool from Chelsea in 2013Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge has been charged by the Football Association with misconduct for alleged breaches of its betting rules in January this year.It is alleged he breached one rule relating to betting on football, and one which covers providing information relating to football which has been "obtained by virtue of his position" and "is not publicly available".A Liverpool spokesman said Sturridge, 29, had