Press Association 2014 LATEST

Christmas No 1 edges closer for X Factor's Ben Haenow

Hampshire Chronicle: Ben Haenow: Simon Cowell's not rooting for my X Factor rival Fleur East

6:17pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

He’d be the seventh winner of the ITV contest to be top at Christmas.

Disability claimants 'face delays'

Hampshire Chronicle: Many disability claimants are experiencing 'very long delays', according to the review

5:31pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

The controversial system for assessing people for the personal independence payment (PIP) gives a "disjointed experience" for claimants, with many experiencing "very long delays", a review of the scheme has found.

Roses rivals to host Ashes Tests

Hampshire Chronicle: Ashes cricket will return to Yorkshire's Headingley stadium in 2019, while Old Trafford - home of Lancashire - will also host a Test match

5:02pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

Headingley and Old Trafford will play host to Ashes Tests in 2019, the England and Wales Cricket Board has announced.

Status Quo on Antiques Roadshow

Hampshire Chronicle: Status Quo on Antiques Roadshow

4:57pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

Chart stars Status Quo visit the Antiques Roadshow at Christmas to see a tapestry created for them by late fan Colin Booth.

Lucy Mecklenburgh dating Louis Smith?

Hampshire Chronicle: Lucy Mecklenburgh dating Louis Smith?

4:14pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

Former Towie star Lucy Mecklenburgh is reportedly romancing Olympic gymnast Louis Smith.

Garcia blasts FIFA leadership

Hampshire Chronicle: FIFA's ethics investigator Michael Garcia has resigned and blasted the governing body's leadership

4:02pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

The man in charge of investigating World Cup has quit with a parting blast at FIFA's leadership.

Justin Bieber to sleep rough

Hampshire Chronicle: Justin Bieber to sleep rough

3:58pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

Justin Bieber is apparently planning to spend one night sleeping rough in Los Angeles.

Osborne to sell £3bn Lloyds shares

Hampshire Chronicle: The taxpayer currently owns 25% of Lloyds Banking Group

3:51pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

The Treasury is to sell off a stake of up to 5% in Lloyds Banking Group over the next six months raising about £3 billion.

Mail sale 'could have raised more'

Hampshire Chronicle: Former City minister Lord Myners is to publish the findings of his study into the Government's controversial sell-off of the Royal Mail

3:51pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

The Government could have achieved more money for the taxpayer from its sale of Royal Mail, but not as much as the £1 billion suggested by some critics, an official report is expected to say.

Search for tycoon's 'hidden cash'

Hampshire Chronicle: Michelle Young, whose estranged husband, bankrupt property tycoon Scot Young, died after falling onto railings

3:51pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

The ex-wife of Scot Young, the bankrupt property tycoon who fell to his death, is seeking "a fresh pair of eyes" to search for the fortune she believes he kept from her during a bitter divorce battle.

Bedroom tax aid 'falling short'

Hampshire Chronicle: The spare room subsidy or bedroom tax has been a long-running sore between the Government and Labour

3:31pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

Councils are having to top up discretionary housing payments to assist people who need exemption from the bedroom tax because Government is not providing enough money, Labour has claimed.

Henry could unearth new star

Hampshire Chronicle: Arsene Wenger, right, brought Thierry Henry, left, to England in 1999

3:23pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

Thierry Henry could be the right man to unearth the next great talent, according to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, the man who helped transform the France forward's career.

Falcao ready to earn United move

Hampshire Chronicle: Radamel Falcao is working hard to prove himself at Manchester United

3:09pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

Radamel Falcao would love to stay at Manchester United but admits a permanent move to Old Trafford is likely to depend on how much he plays from now until the end of the season.

Trainer fears for Crolla's career

Hampshire Chronicle: Anthony Crolla was struck with a concrete block after attempting to interrupt a burglary

2:53pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

World title contender Anthony Crolla may never fight again after being brutally attacked while confronting burglars, his trainer Joe Gallagher fears.

Mourinho: Robson tried to buy Henry

Hampshire Chronicle: Jose Mourinho, pictured, came close to working with Thierry Henry while he was at Barcelona

2:31pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

Jose Mourinho has revealed he and Sir Bobby Robson came close to bringing Thierry Henry to Barcelona early in his career.

Dasaolu not distracted by dopers

Hampshire Chronicle: James Dasaolu insists athletics cannot afford to be distracted by the doping allegations affecting the sport

2:22pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

Great Britain's European 100 metres champion James Dasaolu insists athletes can not afford to be distracted by the doping allegations engulfing their sport.

Fury not expecting Klitschko fight

Hampshire Chronicle: Tyson Fury, pictured, enjoyed a comfortable win over Dereck Chisora recently

2:17pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

Tyson Fury is Wladimir Klitschko's mandatory challenger but the Briton doubts whether the Ukrainian has the courage to face him as he fears being knocked out.

Sam Neill to cameo in Toast Of London?

Hampshire Chronicle: Sam Neill to cameo in Toast Of London?

2:17pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

Toast Of London star Matt Berry has said Sam Neill is to appear in the comedy.

Ferris Bueller among films being preserved

Hampshire Chronicle: Ferris Bueller among films being preserved

2:17pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

Matthew Broderick’s hit teen comedy Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is among the films being preserved by the Library of Congress.

Security committee's redactions vow

Hampshire Chronicle: Sir Malcolm Rifkind said the committee would call witnesses - possibly including ex-prime minister Tony Blair - as part of its inquiry

2:02pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

A parliamentary intelligence watchdog has pledged to uncover whether redactions to a US report on brutal CIA torture methods were requested by UK authorities to "avoid embarrassment".

Overstay migrant data 'inaccurate'

Hampshire Chronicle: John Vine said failure to take action against foreign nationals who overstay can undermine public confidence in immigration control

2:02pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

The number of immigrants who have overstayed their visas has surged following the discovery of tens of thousands of further files.

Sam Bailey: Fame hasn't changed me

Hampshire Chronicle: Sam Bailey: Fame hasn't changed me

1:59pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

Singer Sam Bailey said she still has her feet on the ground despite her X Factor success last year.

House sellers reduce asking prices

Hampshire Chronicle: More house sellers are reducing their asking prices, according to research

1:59pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

One in three homes currently on the market has had its asking price lowered at least once, presenting some house hunters with an opportunity to grab a Christmas bargain, according to a property website.

McNulty revels in cup success

Hampshire Chronicle: Marc McNulty, left, scored the winner as Sheffield United saw off Southampton

1:43pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

Sheffield United's match-winner Marc McNulty had to pinch himself after his goal earned victory over Southampton and a place in the Capital One Cup semi-final.

Mariah Carey tries to be a Hero and hold back her tears during show

Hampshire Chronicle: Mariah Carey tries to be a Hero and hold back her tears during show

1:39pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

Mariah Carey’s emotions got the better of her during a festive concert.

Star Trek 3 to shoot in 2015, says Chris Pine

Hampshire Chronicle: Star Trek 3 to shoot in 2015, says Chris Pine

1:39pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

Chris Pine has confirmed he will be back in a third Star Trek film.

James Sutton talks Hollyoaks HIV storyline

Hampshire Chronicle: James Sutton talks Hollyoaks HIV storyline

1:28pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

James Sutton is proud of Hollyoaks’ planned HIV storyline.

Former bandmate confirms Justin Timberlake's baby news

Hampshire Chronicle: Former bandmate confirms Justin Timberlake's baby news

1:18pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

Justin Timberlake hasn’t confirmed he is set to become a father – but his friend has.

Big Fat Gypsy Wedding for EastEnders' Carter family?

Hampshire Chronicle: Big Fat Gypsy Wedding for EastEnders' Carter family?

1:18pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

Mick Carter is planning to propose to Linda Carter on Christmas Day in EastEnders.

Cook: "It's been a hell of a year"

Hampshire Chronicle: Alastair Cook has had a turbulent year

1:15pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

Alastair Cook will be 30 on Christmas Day and should be able to celebrate his landmark birthday as England's World Cup captain.

Family home is festive lights feast

Hampshire Chronicle: Lee Brailsford stands amongst the Christmas lights at the family home in Bristol

1:11pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

A quiet suburb has become something of a Christmas attraction as one house's festive lights draws in growing crowds each year.

Baby's body found 'near' mother's

Hampshire Chronicle: The body of Charlotte Bevan was found in Avon Gorge

1:04pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

A mother was found dead near the lifeless body of her baby daughter after going missing from a maternity hospital, an inquest has heard.

High fees risk to pension pots

Hampshire Chronicle: Some pension savers' money is at risk of being subject to high charges, it has been reported

12:58pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

As much as £25.8 billion-worth of pension savers' money is at risk of being exposed to high charges, an independent body has warned.

Jury out over family killings

Hampshire Chronicle: Roland McKoy told jurors at the Old Bailey he had nothing to do with the death of his daughter

12:53pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

A jury has retired to consider verdicts in the trial of a man accused of murdering his ex-partner with a hammer, screwdriver and machete and slitting his baby daughter's throat.

Doctor charged over boy's death

Hampshire Chronicle: The Crown Prosecution Service said it had taken the decision to charge three medics over the death of Jack Adcock

12:50pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

A doctor, sister and staff nurse have been charged with gross negligence manslaughter over the death of a six-year-old boy who died in hospital in 2011.

Family hope for cell-death justice

Hampshire Chronicle: A police sergeant and two civilians have been charged over a death in custody

12:50pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

The family of a mentally-ill church caretaker who died after collapsing in custody have welcomed the decision to charge a sergeant and two civilian staff with manslaughter, saying they were "cautiously optimistic that justice will be done".

Student facing jail over Syria bid

Hampshire Chronicle: David Souaan told jurors he posted photos of himself posing with guns in his Syrian father's home town because he wanted to look 'cool'

12:50pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

A radical Muslim student who wanted the black flag of Isis to fly over Downing Street is facing jail after being found guilty of planning to join rebel forces in Syria.

You'll never guess who Alan Carr has discovered to be his doppelganger

Hampshire Chronicle: You'll never guess who Alan Carr has discovered to be his doppelganger

12:47pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

Gemma Collins didn’t seem to mind when Alan Carr let out his inner Towie star.

See Sharon Osbourne's tooth fall out live on TV

Hampshire Chronicle: See Sharon Osbourne's tooth fall out live on TV

12:47pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

Sharon Osbourne lost her tooth live on TV.

Ecclestone proposes engine change

Hampshire Chronicle: Bernie Ecclestone believes a return to V8 power would ease the current cost crisis in Formula One

12:37pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone will make a further attempt to cut the sport's extravagant costs on Thursday.

Rihanna lands deal to front Puma campaigns

12:27pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

Puma said Rihanna’s “body confidence and ambition” made her the perfect signing.

Parents overpay £7.3m maintenance

Hampshire Chronicle: NAO head Amyas Morse said the efforts of his department have resulted in the reporting of a more robust arrears position

12:21pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

Parents made £7.3 million of overpayments in child maintenance last year following flawed Government assessments of their cases, a public spending watchdog has said.

Cech: Helmet spared serious injury

Hampshire Chronicle: Petr Cech, in orange, checks on Chelsea team-mate Kurt Zouma after they collided in their 3-1 win at Derby on Tuesday

12:18pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

Petr Cech insists his padded helmet saved him and Chelsea team-mate Kurt Zouma from serious injury.

Find out which Doctor Who characters could be making a comeback

Hampshire Chronicle: The Doctor links up with Santa Claus

1:28pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

Steven Moffat hasn’t ruled out a return for Alex Kingston and John Barrowman’s Doctor Who characters.

Mark Ronson shocked by X Factor Uptown Funk cover

Hampshire Chronicle: How X Factor's Fleur will help Mark Ronson top the charts

12:47pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

Mark Ronson was shocked when her learned Fleur East planned to cover Uptown Funk on The X Factor.

Cech: Helmet spared serious injury

Hampshire Chronicle: Petr Cech, in orange, checks on Chelsea team-mate Kurt Zouma after they collided in their 3-1 win at Derby on Tuesday

12:16pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

Petr Cech insists his padded helmet saved him and Chelsea team-mate Kurt Zouma from serious injury.

Homes 'optimistic' on family budget

Hampshire Chronicle: The brightest assessment of household finances came in the East Midlands

12:07pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

Households feel more optimistic about family budgets than at any time over the last six years, a report says.

Pearson accepts FA charge

Hampshire Chronicle: Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson has accepted an FA charge

11:52am Wednesday 17th December 2014

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson has accepted a Football Association charge of using insulting words towards a fan.

Orlando Bloom has talks about Pirates Of The Caribbean 5

Hampshire Chronicle: Orlando Bloom has talks about Pirates Of The Caribbean 5

11:46am Wednesday 17th December 2014

Orlando Bloom has revealed he has had talks about reprising his role in the fifth Pirates movie.

Man faces rape and cruelty charges

Hampshire Chronicle: Aravindan Balakrishnan leaves Westminster Magistrates' Court in London

11:39am Wednesday 17th December 2014

A Maoist activist has appeared in court charged with 25 offences including rape and child cruelty.

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