OSCAR-winning actor Robin Williams was found hanged in a bedroom of his home by his personal assistant, it emerged last night, as the world reacted with shock and disbelief to his death.
Three disability groups have pulled out of a partnership with councils in a row over rising charges for care which it is claimed are forcing some of the most vulnerable into poverty.
ROYAL Bank of Scotland has handed 10 executives a combined £3.4 million in share allowances, the scheme introduced by many banks following new EU rules on bonuses.
MEAT supplies could be hit after hygiene inspectors and vets voted to go on strike in a long-running row over pay, a union warned.
IT'S not another planet, but Doctor Who stars Peter Capaldi and Jenna Louise Coleman emerge from the Tardis on the other side of the world as they land beside Sydney Harbour Bridge.
One of Scotland's newest pipe bands has entertained at a rainy Buchanan Street in Glasgow as they prepare for this weekend's World Pipe Band Championships.
The Singapore Armed Central Band performed against the backdrop of a different castle yesterday as they gave people in Stirling a taste of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
CONSUMERS are turning to their debit and credit cards more often to make small purchases amid the growth of online shopping and contactless payments, the cards industry's trade body has reported.
THE producer behind the Israeli show that was forced to cancel its Fringe run after protests said Edinburgh should "hang its head in shame".
A FORMER North Sea oil worker is suing Shell after he was allegedly exposed to deadly asbestos dust more than 40 years ago.
GIANT panda Tian Tian is believed to be pregnant and may give birth by the end of the month.
FIFI and Ally, the stylish eaterie created on the back of the Sex and the City phenomenon, is no more after its only outlet suddenly shut up shop.
TV PRESENTER Charlotte Smith is to return to BBC1's Countryfile for the first time since an age discrimation ruling against the corporation.
ROBIN Williams was a frequent visitor to Scotland in years past at the Lonach Highland Games and Gathering as the guest of his close friend Billy Connolly, who owned the nearby Strathdon estate.
The start to the Scottish grouse shooting season yesterday sparked a race to put the birds on to Scottish restaurant tables.
A CORONER has recorded a verdict of suicide over the death of a woman hit by a lorry after she left her family a note apparently saying the so-called bedroom tax had caused her "considerable anxiety and stress".
A full flavoured, classic bitter has been crowned the best beer in Britain.
nearly one third of mobile phone users suffer problems at least every week, according to a report by Ofcom.
A PAINTER and decorator who won more than £7 million on the lottery has vowed to share some of his fortune with a workmate, honouring a long-standing agreement between the pair.
THE prison service has confirmed an incapacitating spray was used on inmates for the first time during a tense 14-hour siege at the new jail in Peterhead.
An Edinburgh lawyer has spoken of his frustration at the failure of the authorities to deal with children who have tormented him in his home for being gay.
Scotland's health boards stand ready to respond to any suspected cases of the Ebola virus, although the risk to the country remains "very low", Health Minister Michael Matheson has said.
A teenager has admitted causing the death of three friends in a car crash.
The producer behind the Israeli show that was forced to cancel its Fringe run after protests said Edinburgh should "hang its head in shame" over the events.
Environmental officers are looking to Italy to crack down on a "McMafia" which is profiting from illegal waste disposal in Scotland.
Giant panda Tian Tian is believed to be pregnant and may give birth by the end of the month.
Denying the vote to a group of prisoners was a breach of human rights, although no compensation or costs should be paid, European judges have ruled.
TV star Tamzin Outhwaite has criticised movie giant Disney for setting a dangerous example to young, impressionable girls with its skinny princesses.
Actor Robin Williams has been found dead in what police said was a suicide at his home in California.