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Summary

  1. Solar eclipse creeps across Earth
  2. Woman, 80, threatened with gun
  3. Clegg says Lib Dems ready for fight
  4. 'Major concern' over missing Dundee girl
  5. Andy Murray sets up mouth-watering clash in California

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By Thomas McGuigan, Sandy Murray and Louise Sayers

All times stated are UK

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That's all from the Scotland Live team for this week.

Join us again from 07:00 on Monday for all the latest news, sport, weather and travel from around Scotland.

Gunman threatened elderly woman

A man who threatened an elderly woman in her home had a gun, police have confirmed.

He took cash and a car from the 80-year-old woman, who lives in the Yarrow valley area of Selkirk.

Police Scotland has

renewed its appeal for witnesses to the incident which happened at about 21:15 on Wednesday.

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Amanda Charlton viewed the eclipse from Dunfermline Abbey.

Dunfermline eclipse
Amanda Charlton

Carol Dibnah took this image from Craigclowan School.

Craigclowan eclipse
Carol Dibnah

Hugh Creamery watched the sky over Cumbernauld.

Cumbernauld eclipse
Hugh Creamery

Weather forecast

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This evening, a scattering of showers at first but they fade overnight. Long clear spells develop, particularly across the West, from Lochaber down to Galloway.

It'll be colder than last night as a result - we'll see 1 or 2 Celsius in the clearest spots, 3 or 4 more typically in the towns and cities.

Tomorrow a ridge of high pressure builds in from the West again, and it'll be a lovely start to the weekend. The best of the sunshine during the morning will be in the West, but come the afternoon we'll see some lovely sunny spells right across the country.

Taser accident at nuclear plant

An investigation has been launched after a taser was fired at a police station within a

Scottish nuclear plant. The Police Investigations and Review Commissioner said it was "investigating the unintentional discharge" at the Hunterston facility in North Ayrshire on 7 March.

The incident took place in the station of the Civil Nuclear Constabulary.

The force is a specialist armed police service that is dedicated to protecting 14 civil nuclear sites across Scotland, England and Wales.

Community buyout of island

Residents of Great Bernera have voted to push ahead with a

proposed community buyout of the island - with 142 in favour and 37 against.

Great Bernera
Gordon Hatton

The buyout would involve 5,000 acres, which includes the islands of Great and Little Bernera.

The family of Count Robin Mirrlees, who owned the island until his death in June last year, has given crofters first refusal on buying it.

The small island is connected to Lewis by a road bridge.

Ring over circle

Elizabeth Hamilton captured this image over the stone circle at Tarves in Aberdeenshire.

Tarves eclipse
Elizabeth Hamilton

Death fall

A

woman has died after falling from the window of a flat in South Lanarkshire.

Police cordon
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Emergency services were called to the scene, in Quarry Street, Hamilton, at about 12:10 on Friday.

A spokeswoman for Police Scotland said paramedics attended and the woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

Carmichael's message to Lib Dems

Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael has said he believes

liberalism is needed "more than ever before".

Alistair Carmichael
BBC

In his speech to Scottish delegates gathered in Aberdeen, he said "nationalism and populism" might seem like "attractive options".

However, he said the right choice was the Liberal Democrat Party and the influence it could wield in government.

Turbine backing

Steven McKenzie

BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

A 14-turbine wind farm proposed for Skye has been recommended for approval by Highland Council planning officials. Crofters have been working with Perth-based on the Glen Ullinish Wind Farm.

The development involves installing turbines between Ose and Struan at Allt Dughaill on Skye and could generate enough power for 23,000 properties.

Highland Council's north planning applications committee will consider the planning application for the project at a meeting on Tuesday.

Literary criticism

Liberal Democrat veteran Paddy Ashdown has been offering his opinion on Alex Salmond's book.

He didn't like it.

Alex Salmond and Paddy Ashdown
PA

Read the uncensored quote in

Brian Taylor's blog.

Rangers 'at low ebb'

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Lee Wallace says Rangers must travel to promotion rivals Hibernian on Sunday with confidence, despite admitting the squad's buoyancy is

at its lowest ebb.

Lee Wallace
SNS

Rangers trail the Easter Road side by six points, with a game in hand, in third place in the Championship table.

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Gerard Ferry send us this picture of students at Glasgow University watching the eclipse.

Students watch the eclipse outside Glasgow University
Gerard Ferry

He writes: As the clouds opened spontaneous joy broke out and the wait was worth it.

Snooker referee steps down

Snooker's highest profile female referee

Michaela Tabb has left her position on the World Snooker circuit.

Michaela Tabb
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Tabb, 47, became the first woman to officiate a world final in 2009 before refereeing another in 2012.

Having been fast-tracked by World Snooker, she became the first woman to referee in a ranking tournament at the 2002 Welsh Open. Previously, she played on the eight-ball pool circuit, and also captained the Scottish ladies' pool team.

Friendly city

The Scotsman

Hotel staff in Edinburgh are ranked above those Glasgow in a table of the

UK's friendliest cities to stay in.

Edinburgh was rated fifth friendliest, below Sheffield, Leeds, Bristol and Cardiff, while Glasgow was two places lower.

Rural residents live long, don't prosper

People in remote rural areas of Scotland

live longer but face higher levels of fuel poverty than those in urban areas, according to a new report.

Old hands
BBC

The details are contained in the Rural Scotland Key Facts 2015, a document published by Scotland's chief statistician.

The report also suggested that people in remote rural areas smoked less and were more likely to volunteer.

Laidlaw stoic over Six Nations slump

Former Scotland scrum-half Roy Laidlaw has been speaking to BBC Scotland about the changing face of rugby union and past glories against Ireland.

"I can live with what's happening at the moment because they're playing some very good rugby," he says of today's Scotland squad who host the Irish on Saturday seeking to avoid a championship whitewash.

Roy Laidlaw
SNS

"We have to keep the pace of the game up, turn the opposition and be inventive. I'd rather they get beat playing the kind of rugby they're playing than have them trying to bash their way through."

Read Roy's thoughts

here.

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Robert Blaikie watched this morning's event from Port Glasgow.

Port Glasgow eclipse
Robert Blaikie

Alan Walker spotted a pigeon, which had spotted the eclipse.

Pigeon eclipse
Alan Walker

Denise McLister spotted an eclipse watcher taking no chances at Portobello Beach.

Portobello eclipse
Denise McLister

Island buyout

Steven McKenzie

BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

Residents of Great Bernera have voted to push ahead with a proposed community buyout of the island.

On Thursday night, 142 people voted in favour of the plan and 37 against. The ballot had a turn out of 85%. The buyout would involve 5,000 acres, which includes the islands of Great and Little Bernera.

The family of Count Robin Mirrlees, who owned the island until his death in June last year, have given crofters first refusal on buying it.

Gun threat to 80-year-old woman

A man who threatened an elderly woman in her own home

had a gun, police have confirmed.

He took cash and a car from the 80-year-old woman, who lives in the Yarrow valley area of Selkirk.

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Political correspondent, BBC News

Twenty five years of being the face of @BBCScotlandNews - Jackie Bird wins special recognition and so she should. Congrats.

Jackie Bird
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Lib Dems

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Don't forget you can follow the @scotlibdems conference live via our website until 16:30

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Lib Dems' conference
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Eclipse: Your pictures

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Brian Jobson captured this sequence over Milngavie.

Milngavie eclipse
Brian Jobson

Erik Thomson watched the eclipse from the shadow of Edinburgh Castle.

Castle eclipse
Erik Thomson

Jarlath Flynn in Edinburgh zoomed in on the detail.

Capital eclipse
Jarlath Flynn

Kevin Keane

BBC Scotland reporter

Historic Aberdeen
BBC

Some great old pictures around #Aberdeen from a BBC schools video in 1959. #marischalsquare #harbour #beach

Man jailed over rape bid on teenager in Airdrie

A man who was convicted of attempting to rape a 13-year-old girl 35 years ago

has been jailed for 30 months.

Thomas Byrne, 61, committed the offence at a house in Airdrie, North Lanarkshire, between April 1979 and April 1980 when he was aged 26.

The High Court in Glasgow heard that after a party he took off his clothes and got into bed with two teenage girls and attempted to rape one of them.

Byrne, who denied the offence, was also placed on the sex offenders' register.

Your Pictures

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Rolling hills, wildlife, and city scenes - See this week's picture gallery in full here.

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Taken this morning from rooftop garden at Prestonpans, East Lothian, by Brendan Price.

View from rooftop garden
Brendan Price

Scots curlers go for bronze after defeat

Scotland will play in the bronze medal match at the Women's World Curling Championship after losing their play-off with Russia in Japan.

Having beaten China 9-4 in a tie-breaker, Eve Muirhead's rink were no match for the Russians in a 7-2 defeat.

Anna Sloan and Eve Muirhead will be in action next against Switzerland and Sweden
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"We're gutted with that," Muirhead told the tournament website.

Switzerland and Canada meet for a place in the final, with the loser taking on Russia in the semi-final for a second chance at the gold medal match.

Scotland will take on the losers of the semi-final on Sunday.

"There's still a medal to play for," added Muirhead, who won gold in 2013 and silver in 2010.

"It's going to be tough but that's part of sport. You've got to learn how to bounce back."

'War of words'

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Douglas Fraser

Business and economy editor, Scotland

Alliance Trust war of words: Elliott hedge fund says it's out of touch with shareholders and needs fresh perspectives.

Stony response

Plans for a multi-million pound attraction to celebrate Aberdeen's

connection with granite face being thrown out.

Granite centre
Other

Developers want to build a heritage centre at Rubislaw Quarry. The majority of stone used for buildings in the city was extracted from the quarry.

But a planning official said they were likely to recommend the application be refused because dozens of trees would have to be removed.

Alexander voices Lib Dem election optimism

Liberal Democrat Coalition minister Danny Alexander is optimistic about May's general election - despite the fight that lies ahead.

Addressing his Scottish party's spring conference in Aberdeen, he said: "Our vision is optimistic. It's positive. It's full of hope. Now you might be reeling in shock that I am talking about optimism. But I am."

Lib Dem Coalition minister Danny Alexander
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Recent polls have suggested that the Liberal Democrats could lose most of their Scottish Westminster seats.

However, Mr Alexander said he was not daunted by the election because he knew "who we are fighting for, and what we are fighting for".

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Neil Barr captured this stunning image of the eclipse from North Queensferry.

Forth Bridge
Neil Barr

Safe viewing?

Ian Woodrow saw someone in the grounds of Glasgow University who seems to have taken seriously the advice about watching the eclipse.

Eclipse watcher
Ian Woodrow

Council cuts

The Press and Journal

Council chiefs in Aberdeenshire have warned that communities may have to help run local services as they battle to

balance their books.

The local authority is faced with slashing its spending by £50million over the next four years.

Cardinal's statement

Keith O'Brien has issued a statement on his current position:

"I wish to repeat the apology which I made to the Catholic Church and the people of Scotland some two years ago now on 3rd March 2013. I then said that there have been times that my sexual conduct has fallen below the standards expected of me. For that I am deeply sorry.

"I thank Pope Francis for his fatherly care of me and of those I have offended in any way. I will continue to play no part in the public life of the Church in Scotland; and will dedicate the rest of my life in retirement, praying especially for the Archdiocese of Saint Andrews and Edinburgh, for Scotland, and for those I have offended in any way."

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Michael Yuille used a filter to take this picture from his bedroom window in Dunblane.

Dunblane eclipse
Michael Yuille

Eva Lucinkiewicz spotted the eclipse through the clouds in Glasgow.

Glasgow eclipse
Eva Lucinkiewicz

Norman Ferguson saw the eclipse over the rooftops of Edinburgh.

Edinburgh eclipse
Norman Ferguson

Andy on Reporting Scotland

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Scotland

Coming up on #ReportingScotland, BBC1 Scot, 1330: We have the latest on @andy_murray's progress at Indian Wells.

Gillian Sharpe

BBC Scotland

A flowery Business Scotland @BBCRadioScot from me this week. Why growing daffodils be such a complicated business.

Daffodils
BBC

Crash victim named

A man who died following a crash involving

two lorries on the A9 on Thursday has been named by police.

A9 crash
BBC

Alexander Fraser, 50, was from Inverness.

Keith O'Brien

The Tablet (@The_Tablet)

tweets: Report on resigned Cardinal O'Brien was "hot enough to burn the varnish" off Pope Francis' desk