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1 PRIDE OF BRI­TAIN

The Pride Of Bri­tain awards took place on Mon­day (30 Oc­to­ber), cel­e­brat­ing the amaz­ing achieve­ments of or­di­nary peo­ple. Among those be­ing recog­nised were the emer­gency ser­vices, in­clud­ing the fire­fight­ers who tack­led the Gren­fell Tower blaze, and a young girl who helped to save her mum’s life. Prince William at­tended the cer­e­mony in Lon­don and spoke with the win­ners.

2 DEER ME!

The Iowa Depart­ment Of Trans­porta­tion in the US had to is­sue an im­por­tant state­ment, af­ter lots of driv­ers asked why ‘deer cross­ing’ signs weren’t in more con­ve­nient places. It be­gan: “Deer can’t read signs. Driv­ers can. This sign isn’t in­tended to tell deer where to cross…”!

3 DIS­NEY FIRST

Dis­ney has in­cluded its first gay sto­ry­line in a kids’ show. In the new se­ries of Andi Mack on the Dis­ney Chan­nel, the char­ac­ter of Cyrus will de­velop feel­ings for his friend Jonah. The story will ex­plore Cyrus’ jour­ney to ac­cept­ing his feel­ings.

4 LIFE EX­PECTANCY

Life ex­pectancy in the US is fall­ing, as peo­ple are work­ing longer but dy­ing younger. Ac­cord­ing to the jour­nal Health Af­fairs, Amer­i­cans in their late 50s al­ready have more se­ri­ous health prob­lems than those of the same age 10-15 years ago.

5 TAX DODG­ING

Ox­fam’s new cam­paign is about tax avoid­ance. Taxes pay for things like health­care, but many com­pa­nies use tricks to dodge tax. Ox­fam says that a third of the tax that is dodged in poor coun­tries could pay for care that would pre­vent eight mil­lion deaths a year.

6 AN­I­MAL CROSS­ING

Nin­tendo has an­nounced the re­lease of An­i­mal Cross­ing: Pocket Camp on phones in Novem­ber!

7 JFK MYS­TERY

The US gov­ern­ment has fi­nally re­leased thou­sands of se­cret files on the as­sas­si­na­tion of the Amer­i­can pres­i­dent John F Kennedy (JFK). He was shot dead on 22 Novem­ber 1963 as he trav­elled through Dal­las. Lee Har­vey Oswald was ar­rested, but he was also killed. There have been lots of con­spir­acy the­o­ries ever since about who else was in­volved, although it’s thought to be un­likely that any of the doc­u­ments will re­veal the truth.

8 POLL RE­SULTS

A plan to ban smack­ing in Scot­land has led to calls for it to be banned ev­ery­where in Bri­tain. We asked you: Is smack­ing ever okay? Loads of you voted, with 79% of you say­ing NO.

Yes!

“It is okay if it is just a gen­tle tap,” says First News Live! user ocean­girl.

No!

“There’s def­i­nitely bet­ter ways to teach your kids lessons than smack­ing them – if a child smacked an­other child be­cause they were an­noyed with them, they would get into trou­ble,” says First News Live! user Sash­girl06.

9 TOP AL­BUM

Niall Ho­ran has topped the US al­bums chart with his de­but solo al­bum, Flicker. The for­mer 1D star took to Twit­ter to thank his fans.

10 NEW AN­I­MAL

A new orang­utan species has been dis­cov­ered! In the jour­nal Cur­rent Bi­ol­ogy, re­searchers re­veal they’ve found a unique and iso­lated species liv­ing in Su­ma­tra. There are be­lieved to be only about 800 Ta­pan­uli orang­utans left. Be­fore this dis­cov­ery, sci­en­tists thought there were only six liv­ing species of great ape, apart from hu­mans.

11 POPPY LE­GEND

A 100-year-old Auschwitz sur­vivor is still sell­ing pop­pies! Grand­fa­ther Ron Jones has been sell­ing pop­pies for more than 30 years.

12 SI­MON’S FALL

Si­mon Cow­ell had to miss the first live shows of this year’s X Fac­tor, af­ter he fainted and fell down the stairs. “I’m on the mend now,” the mu­sic mae­stro said. “I know I was very lucky I didn’t hurt my­self se­ri­ously.”

13 THE SNOW­MAN

The Snow­man the­atre show is cel­e­brat­ing 20 years in Lon­don’s West End this Christ­mas! The show is based on the book by Ray­mond Briggs.

14 RA­DIO 1

Lis­ten­ing fig­ures for BBC Ra­dio 1’s break­fast show are at their low­est ever. The BBC said that young peo­ple don’t lis­ten to ra­dio as much now.

15 STRANGLER FUN­GUS!

A very rare fun­gus has been found again in the UK – and it has a pretty spook­tac­u­lar name! The pow­der­cap strangler is a par­a­sitic fun­gus that grows by “body-snatch­ing” an­other fun­gus called the earthly pow­der­cap. Us­ing the earthly pow­der­cap’s stem for sup­port, the strangler in­fects and over­comes it, re­sult­ing in a two-colour toad­stool!

16 FLIGHT FOR ONE

Imag­ine hav­ing the whole plane to your­self on hol­i­day? One trav­eller found out what it was like when she flew from Glas­gow to the Greek is­land of Crete. Karon Grieve paid just £46 for her Jet2 flight, but was treated like a VIP af­ter two other pas­sen­gers failed to turn up! The plane Karon trav­elled on nor­mally car­ries 189 peo­ple.

17 STRICTLY STARS

Blue Pe­ter pre­sen­ters, past and present, are tak­ing part in a Strictly Come Danc­ing spe­cial for Chil­dren In Need. Five stars of the kids’ show will com­pete to win a Pud­sey Glit­ter Ball Tro­phy!

18 HAWK­ING’S WORK

An im­por­tant piece of work by Pro­fes­sor Stephen Hawk­ing was viewed more than two mil­lion times, af­ter only a few days of it be­ing made avail­able to the public. The pa­per is called Prop­er­ties Of Ex­pand­ing Uni­verses and was writ­ten when Hawk­ing was study­ing at Cam­bridge Univer­sity, where he now works.

19 TIME FOR CHANGE?

We all put the clocks back last week­end, but a group of MEPs is say­ing we shouldn’t do this any more. The Mem­bers of the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment claim that chang­ing the time ev­ery year dam­ages our health and the econ­omy.

20 JUNK FOOD

Cardiff has been named the junk food cap­i­tal of Bri­tain in a new sur­vey. That’s based on the amount spent on fast food and take­aways.

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