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April 22, 2015 12:05 AM BBC Somerset election debate: Badger cull success debated

The effectiveness of culling badgers to stop the spread of bovine TB has been debated by Bridgwater and Somerset West MP hopefuls. UKIP backed the cull, but the Greens and Labour called for a total halt. The Lib Dems said they would decide once they knew the result of all the trials. The Lib Dem, UKIP, Green and Labour candidates attended the live election 8

April 21, 2015 9:44 PM Abolish the crazy rules that allow Jack Grealish to play for the Republic of Ireland

Not many people had seen Jack Grealish play before Sunday, so even fewer had heard him speak. When he did, he sounded like Ozzy Osbourne. Not as broad maybe but he was, unmistakably, from Birmingham. So is his father, Kevin. As a boy, Jack would play football in the car park of the New Aston Social Club, where Kevin and other family members drank after 27

April 21, 2015 8:54 PM Boston Marathon bombing trial: Sentencing phase of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev begins with victim and family testimonies

The first day of the sentencing phase of the Boston Marathon bombing trial began on 21 April, with the prosecution bringing up several witnesses and video of one of the victims. Prosecutors will spend the second phase of the trial trying to convince the jury that convicted bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should receive the death penalty. The Boston Globe reported 15

April 21, 2015 8:40 PM Contributions mount for family of 8 children who lost father

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) — Donors have contributed more than $300,000 for a Wisconsin family of eight children who lost their father when a deer struck his van. By Tuesday afternoon, more than 4,000 people had contributed to the Rogan family's fundraising site. Michael Rogan was driving his pregnant wife, Niki, and the children to the hospital for the birth 9

April 21, 2015 7:44 PM Boston bombing victims recall day of pain, chaos, grief

BOSTON (Reuters) - Celeste Corcoran was hurled into the air by a bomb at the Boston Marathon finish line two years ago. Gillian Reny saw blood gushing from her legs and wondered if she would survive. William Campbell waited hours for his daughter to emerge from surgery only to learn she had been killed by the blasts. Prosecutors on Tuesday began their 14

April 21, 2015 6:24 PM Jury in Boston Marathon trial sees photo of defiant Tsarnaev

BOSTON (AP) — First, the jury was shown large, vibrant pictures of the four people killed in the Boston Marathon bombing and its aftermath. Then prosecutors pulled out the photo they saved for last: Tsarnaev giving the finger to the security camera in his jail cell. "This is Dzhokhar Tsarnaev — unconcerned, unrepentant and unchanged," federal prosecutor 10

April 21, 2015 5:29 PM Bilston teacher to take on London Marathon in aid of animal charity

Rachael Green, aged 26, who teaches PE at Moseley Park School, is taking on the 26.2 mile challenge in aid of veterinary charity PDSA on April 26. The PDSA cares for thousands of pets in the Black Country and other parts of the West Midlands at its Pet Hospitals in Aston, Quinton and Wolverhampton. Rachael, who lives in Quinton, has a gruelling training 9

April 21, 2015 4:34 PM Boston Marathon bombing: Majority of Americans think Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should be put to death

In total, 53 per cent of Americans said that Tsarnaev should get the death penalty, while 45 per cent said he should spend the rest of his life in prison. Those are the only two options available for Tsarnaev, who was found guilty earlier this month for his role in the bombings at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon that killed three people and injured 12

April 21, 2015 3:59 PM There's no stopping him: Blind Dave Heeley's off... again!

Charity champion Dave swapped the treacherous sand and hills of the desert for the picturesque Ironbridge half marathon course. The event, which was held on Sunday and organised by Telford Harriers, attracted around 700 competitors, and Dave, from West Bromwich, said it was a lovely run to take part in. “It was just nice to have no sand, no camels and no cliffs 8

April 21, 2015 3:59 PM Blanket of flowers for Stephen Sutton comes into bloom on Burntwood roundabout

The primula bulbs were planted last year and are now in full bloom on the Swan Island in Burntwood – just in time for the one year anniversary of Stephen’s death. The decision to create the colourful memorial was made by bosses at Lichfield District Council following Stephen’s death on May 14 last year. His mother Jane described the flowers as ‘beautiful’ 7