Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Saturday 13 Oct 2012
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1. LAPTOP SPARKS MARINE 'EXECUTION' PROBE
The Royal Marine commandos under investigation for the suspected execution of a Taliban prisoner were arrested after British police found video footage on a laptop computer. Officers, who were examining the laptop during a separate investigation, found a video which appears to show the commandos surrounding the injured prisoner and discussing what to do with him.
2. MPS FACE DRASTIC SALARY REFORMS
Backbench MPs may have their parliamentary salaries cut if they take a second job, under reforms to be proposed next week. The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority's suggestion will face stiff opposition from MPs. Other reforms under consideration include regionally-weighted salaries and the linking of salary to the job an MP had before entering parliament.
3. SHOT FIRED AT OBAMA CAMPAIGN OFFICE
A shot has been fired through the window of Barack Obama's election campaign office in Colorado. Nobody was injured in the incident but a large panel of glass was shattered. A police spokeswoman said a "possible vehicle of interest" near the scene is being investigated. Obama was in Washington DC when the attack occurred.
4. BBC MAY RENAME PEEL WING
The BBC may rename the part of its London headquarters named after disc jockey John Peel following allegations he had an affair with a 15-year-old schoolgirl. The corporation named part of its Broadcasting House building the Peel Wing in March. Meanwhile, the director general has announced two inquiries into sex abuse claims made against Jimmy Savile.
5. ROMNEY SAYS BIDEN MISLED ON LIBYA
Mitt Romney has accused vice-President Joe Biden of making misleading statements about last month's attack on the US consulate in Libya. In Thursday's televised debate, Biden claimed the US was not told about requests for extra security, but Romney claims that "directly contradicted the sworn testimony of state department officials".
6. THIRD RUNWAY 'WOULD TRIPLE DEATHS'
A third runway at Heathrow would cause significantly more early deaths from pollution than a new airport built in the Thames Estuary, claims a new study. American university MIT claims pollution from Heathrow causes 50 premature deaths a year, and claims to the figure would rise to 150 if a third runway were built.
7. UN ADOPTS LANDMARK MALI RESOLUTION
The United Nations security council has adopted a resolution paving the way for military intervention in Mali to retake the north from Islamist extremists. The security council has demanded African organisations provide "detailed and actionable recommendations" for such an operation within 45 days.
8. MP CALLS FOR CHIEF CONSTABLE SUSPENSION
Chief constable of West Yorkshire Police Sir Norman Bettison should be suspended while the Independent Police Commission investigates claims he provided misleading information after the Hillsborough disaster, says an MP. Maria Eagle, the Labour MP for Garston and Halewood, is calling on the home secretary to intervene. Bettison says he has "nothing to hide".
9. ANTI-DEPRESSANTS GIVEN 'TOO HASTILY'
GPs are routinely prescribing anti-depressants to patients who may not need them, according to The Times. A survey from mental health charity Mind found that family doctors often ignore guidelines by prescribing the medication 'too hastily', rather than waiting to see if symptoms improve. It also suggested that patients' use of the medication is not being reviewed regularly.
10. ROONEY LEADS AS ENGLAND WIN 5-0
England beat San Marino 5-0 at Wembley last night, with stand-in captain Wayne Rooney scoring twice. Those strikes took him to fifth place in the England all-time leading goalscorers' chart. Danny Welbeck also struck twice, with Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain grabbing the fifth. Theo Walcott was hospitalised after being flattened by San Marino keeper Aldo Simoncini.