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Summary

  1. Updates for Thursday 3 March 2016
  2. McCrea: Complaints were political plot
  3. Midwives concern on abortion group wait
  4. Ryanair announces new Belfast flights
  5. Image: Dungannon Park, County Tyrone (by Phil Blair)

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  1. Good night

    That's all from us here on BBC News NI Live for today. But don't worry, we're back again at 07:00 tomorrow with all the news, sport, weather and travel.

  2. The Force re-awakens in Kerry as Star Wars crew returns

    Having filmed parts of Star Wars, The Force Awakens on Sceilg Mhichíl, Disney Lucasfilm has now selected Ceann Sibéal at the western tip of the Dingle Peninsula as a location for the next Star Wars movie, RTÉ reports.

    Cast of Star Wars

    Contractors have already arrived on the Dingle Peninsula and are currently installing a 1.5km metal roadway on the slopes of Ceann Sibéal.

  3. Legal highs: Queen's University test to boost detection

    The battle against so-called legal highs has been boosted following the development of a new test by Queen's University in Belfast.

    Legal high

    Scientists have created technology to quickly identify the substances within the drugs. It has been described as a breakthrough in efforts to tackle the problem.

  4. Last of double-jobbing politicians to step down

    The last of Stormont's double-jobbing politicians will stand down from the Assembly ahead of the elections.

    Gregory Campbell

    The DUP's Gregory Campbell says he will continue with his role as MP for East Londonderry which he's held since 2001.

  5. Traffic slow on routes out of Belfast

    BBC NI Travel

    There are the usual delays leaving Belfast on the M1 towards Lisburn, Stockmans Lane towards the M1, the Malone road and the Westlink in both directions. It's also looking busy on Great Victoria street heading into town.

  6. Attorney General to become involved with Ashers bakery case

    A court has allowed the Attorney General to become involved in Ashers Bakery's appeal against a discrimination finding last year. 

    Ashers Bakery

    The bakery was ordered to pay £500 for refusing to make a cake with a pro-gay slogan. Attorney General John Larkin raised an issue with the lawfulness of the legislation at the centre of the case.

  7. Man escapes jail after abusing teen he met through bereavement website

    A man from Staffordshire has been given three years probation after he admitted 18 counts of sexually assaulting a teenage girl who he first contacted on an internet bereavement site.

    Laptop

    Jonathan Fawcett from Lichfield was 19 when he travelled from England to Northern Ireland in May and July of 2009 to meet the 15-year-old in a County Antrim guest house.

  8. Mac chief exec could sue designers over theatre's construction

    The chief executive of the MAC in Belfast says it is considering suing the designers and contractors over problems with the theatre's construction.

    The Mac

    The building opened in 2012, and cost more than £17m, but netting had to be put on the exterior to prevent risk to pedestrians and users of the Cathedral Quarter venue. Problems with the basalt cladding were first noticed at the end of 2014.

  9. Vandals cause £1,000 of damage to Donemana pottery mill

    Damage of up to £1,000 has been caused to a County Tyrone pottery mill by vandals.

    Pottery damage

    About 20 windows at the property were smashed as well as a number of pottery items. It happened in the Brook road area of Donemana sometime over the weekend.

  10. Sports minister: 'Different rules for different witnesses' in Casement inquiry

    Sports Minister Carál Ní Chuilín says the committee investigating her department's handling of Casement Park plans should "make up its mind" about whether witnesses should give evidence under oath.

    Carál Ní Chuilín

    Speaking after she walked out of a comittee meeting earlier today. She says by walking out she was "giving the committee the opportunity to make up its mind on whether or not all witnesses to this Inquiry should be treated equally".

  11. First rescue boat for Strabane

    A rescue boat is to be based in Strabane, County Tyrone, for the first time on a permanent basis.

    Rescue boat

    The flat-bottomed D-class dinghy will be moored on the River Mourne. It has been supplied by the local section of the community rescue service.