UK News: Latest phones answer gadget lovers' needs

Gadget-conscious Britons are leading the way in adopting the latest mobile phone technology, a report by Ofcom revealed today.

The UK saw the fastest growth in smartphone take-up in the last year, with a 70 per cent rise in subscriber numbers between January 2009 and January this year.

MPs' expenses revealed

Details of the first tranche of MPs' expenses of the current parliament are to be published today.

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The new expenses watchdog, the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa), will release the details of 22,000 claims submitted by MPs between May 7 and August 31.

X Factor host sets sights on the American dream

X FACTOR host Dermot O'Leary admitted he would like "a crack" at presenting the US version of the talent show.

The star, who has presented the ITV1 show since 2007, said he was "focused solely" on that at the moment but he would be tempted if he was offered the US role.

He said: "I'd be lying if I said I didn't want a crack at it."

His comments come after it was reported that Cheryl Cole, a judge on the UK show, is close to finalising a deal to be a panellist on the US version.

Patients 'lacking care'

Patients are being left in the hands of junior doctors because there is no adequate consultant cover on weekends.

The head of the Royal College of Physicians said patients were not "getting the care they deserve" on weekends and during the night.

Its study found that none of the 126 hospitals it surveyed had weekend cover for more than 12 hours from specialists in acute medicine.

Jenkins admits TV nerves

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Katherine Jenkins said she does not consider herself an actress despite appearing opposite Harry Potter star Michael Gambon in the Doctor Who Christmas special.

The Welsh singer said her nerves were "far worse" than usual before getting in front of the camera.

London: An unemployed man is facing a life sentence today for murdering his father and hiding his body in a carpet at the family home.

Charles Heath, 65, was last seen on October 6 last year but his body was not discovered until six weeks later. John Heath, 34, has pleaded guilty to murder and perverting justice.

Birmingham: An investigation is under way after hundreds of football fans were involved in a violent pitch invasion.

Five people were arrested and 14 needed hospital treatment when trouble flared following Birmingham City's 2-1 victory over Aston Villa.