Hall battles sex claims
VETERAN BBC broadcaster Stuart Hall, who is fighting historic sex offence allegations, said he might have considered taking his own life had it not been for the support of his family.
Speaking outside Preston Magistrates' Court yesterday, the 83-year-old described the accusations as "spurious" and vowed to clear his name and restore his reputation.
Earlier, the former It's A Knockout presenter made his first appearance in court charged with one count of rape and 14 offences of indecent assault.
THE number of women who have twins and triplets is on the rise, figures show.
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More than 11,000 women in England and Wales gave birth to more than one baby in 2011, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.
In the decade to 2011, the "multiple maternity rate" increased by 8.8%. Of every 1,000 women who gave birth in 2011, 16.1 women had more than one baby - a rise from 15.7 in 2010, the ONS said.
In 1976 the rate stood at just 9.6 women out of every 1,000.
FEWER than one in five public sector workers are consulted about important decisions in their organisation, and more than half do not trust their bosses, according to a new study.
The findings help to explain the low level of employee engagement, said the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).
Its survey of more than 2,000 adults showed that those in private firms were more likely to trust their leaders and be consulted. The CIPD said there was a "worrying" deterioration in employees' satisfaction with being able to put forward their views.
THE Queen has said her "thoughts and prayers" are with the people of the Solomon Islands who have been affected by a tsunami in which several people were killed.
A powerful earthquake off the South Pacific island chain generated two 5ft waves which hit the western side of Santa Cruz Island, damaging between 70 and 80 homes.