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British Transport Police are attempting to trace two men who threatened rail staff with an axe after being disturbed while trying to steal railway cable.
The incident happened while three rail workers were carrying out checks near Cambuslang Road, South Lanarkshire, at about 17:45 on Wednesday.
After threatening the workers, the two men fled towards London Road along the footpath adjacent to the River Clyde.
British Transport Police said a small amount of cable was taken.
A 73-year-old woman has denied plotting to rape a three-year-old girl.
Muriel Sim is alleged to have set up a plan with Michael Leith, 47, to abuse the child.
The pensioner and Mr Leith are charged with "conspiring to rape and sexually assault" the girl between July 2013 and July 2014 in Dunfermline.
The accusation includes a claim the pair exchanged text messages to attempt to "arrange a time or times" for them to "be alone" with the child.
Following the close of nominations to stand as a candidate at the General Election, it has emerged the SNP, Labour, the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats are fielding candidates in all 59 Scottish constituencies.
UKIP have 42 candidates, while the Scottish Greens have 31.
The Scottish Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) will have 10 candidates standing and seven people will stand from the Cannabis is Safer than Alcohol Party. The Scottish Socialist Party have three candidates.
Britain First and the BNP aren't putting any candidates up in Scotland.
There is one candidate from the National Front, one from the Scottish Communist Party, one from Scottish Christian Party and ten candidates who describe themselves as Independent.
Pictures have emerged of a major wildfire in Sutherland in the Highlands.
Firefighters in five appliances have been sent to an area near Dornoch treatment works where grass and gorse bushes were ablaze.
Crews have also been called to heath and grass fires near Shawbost on Lewis and Onich in Lochaber.
The incidents come after a warning of an increased threat of wildfires in parts of Scotland over the next few days.
Scotland will prepare for their crucial Euro 2016 qualifying match against Republic of Ireland with a friendly against Qatar.
The Scots will take on the 2022 World Cup hosts on Friday, 5 June, at Easter Road in Edinburgh.
Scotland take on Republic of Ireland on 13 June.
Tourism promotion agency VisitScotland is targeting American fans of the hit drama Outlander during Scotland Week celebrations in New York.
A poster featuring a kilted man in front of an image of Glen Coe is being displayed on 50 large digital screens in the US city.
The VisitScotland poster reads: "Visit Scotland. The land that inspired Outlander".
It also urges New Yorkers to "Give in to your kilty pleasures".
Armed police have been involved in a drugs operation in Aberdeen for a second day.
A high-rise flat was cordoned off in the Kincorth area in the south of the city on Thursday afternoon.
A man was later seen being led away by police.
On Wednesday, armed officers carried out searches in nearby Torry as part of what Police Scotland described as an intelligence-led operation.
A man who battered his wife with a rolling pin in a "brutal and prolonged" attack has been jailed for three years.
Alan O'Donnell attacked Lorraine Lorimer during an incident at her home in Yoker, Glasgow, in February 2014.
The 46-year-old, from the city's Drumchapel area, was previously convicted of assault, having initially faced a charge of attempted murder.
Jailing him, judge Lady Rae told O'Donnell: "No remorse has been shown for what happened."
Dale Whillans, 18, was a passenger in a black Seat which left the road and landed in a field on Monday.
The amateur footballer from Hawick died at the Western General Hospital on Thursday.
In a statement, his family said: "It goes without saying that Dale was taken from us at far too young an age.
"Dale was a very popular and happy young man. He was such a big part of all of our lives and will never be forgotten.
"We are all deeply saddened by his death and would ask to be left to grieve in private at this sensitive time."
Police investigating the crash have asked anyone who saw the black Seat to get in touch with them.
One of the men jailed for life for murdering Glasgow teenager Kriss Donald has been given another jail term for lying in a bid to free an accomplice.
Daanish Zahid, 31, gave evidence during Imran Shahid's 2011 appeal against his conviction for the racially-motivated murder of the 15-year-old in 2004.
Judges threw out Shahid's appeal after concluding Zahid had lied.
Zahid was jailed for another six years after he admitted attempting to defeat the ends of justice.
Glasgow Warriors full-back Sean Maitland will miss the rest of the club season after undergoing shoulder surgery.
But the 26-year-old is hopeful of being fit in time for the Rugby World Cup, which starts in September.
It means that Maitland has played his last game for Glasgow as he is joining London Irish next season.
Maitland picked up the injury during Warriors' 20-15 European Champions Cup defeat by Bath in January.
Dundee FC have began negotiations to bring Dens Park back into club ownership.
Talks between Dundee chairman Bill Colvin and Dens owner John Bennett are under way for the sale of the ground.
Mr Bennett, who is also a director at Dundee Utd, told BBC Scotland that he is amenable to the sale.
He said: "I told Dundee at the time I bought the ground that I would sell it back if it was going into the hands of Dundee supporters and I'll stand by that promise"
A man who died after a crash involving his motorbike and a car in Aberdeenshire has been named as 54-year-old John Ogston from the Banff area.
Emergency services attended the scene at 07:45 on Thursday on the A947 Aberdeen to Banff road at Plaidy.
Glasgow losing a leg of the Sevens World Series to Paris next year could threaten the existence of Scotland's full-time squad.
The warning comes from Scottish Rugby, which says it is "absolutely baffled" by the decision yet to be formally announced by competition organisers.
The SRU learned of the decision by World Rugby in October.And an SRU spokesman told BBC Scotland that it is already assessing how this will affect the future of its squad.
Nick Clegg has claimed that the SNP could have a paralysing effect on the UK economy because of the party's refusal to rule out another independence referendum.
The Liberal Democrat leader issued the warning following comments from Nicola Sturgeon duringlast night's televised leaders debate.
Ms Sturgeon said there would be need to be "material changes" for another vote on independence to take place.
Mr Clegg said that the SNP "just don't seem to be able to accept the answer they received at the ballot box."
A woman has died in a flat fire in Fife.
Teresa MacTavish, 67, died in the blaze in Kinninmonth Street, Kirkcaldy. Emergency services were called to the fire at 01:51.
They said the flat was heavily smoke-logged when they arrived at the scene. At least 15 firefighters tackled the blaze, which was extinguished at 02:17.
Inquiries into the fire are continuing, but there appear to be no suspicious circumstances.
Tributes have been paid to a teenage amateur footballer from Hawick who died from injuries following a car crash near Jedburgh.
Dale Whillans, 18, was a passenger in a black Seat car, which left the A698 road and ended up in a field at Timpendean shortly before 14:00 on Easter Monday.
He was taken to Borders General Hospital and later transferred by helicopter to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, where he died this morning.
A statement on the Hawick Legion Facebook page said that everyone at the club was devastated to hear of Dale's passing.
Aberdeen residents have been warned about ascammer who phoned members of the public claiming to be from the city council.
Residents alerted the council's trading standards team after becoming suspicious of the calls, which were made from a mobile phone.
They were asked for personal information under the guise of taking part in a survey.
The mobile number from which the calls were made is no longer operational.
An iconic cathedral in Orkney is to undergo a laser scan in an effort to preserve the 12th century building.
The project, to record every last detail of Orkney's St Magnus Cathedral, is to begin later this year.
Orkney Islands Council is currently looking for experts to carry out detailed scans of the internal and external structure of the cathedral.
A 3D record of the building can then be compared with future scans to detect any changes in the Cathedral's fabric.
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Today onNewsdrive with Mhairi Stuart and Bill Whiteford:
- Different facets of the economy have taken centre stage in the day's election campaigning.
- NATO troops have begun a massive military exercise close to Russia
- It seems ten thousand dogs are poisoned by accident each year in our homes.
- And a new design of electricity pylon has been unveiled.
The Scottish government has again urged airports management and union leaders to hold talks on resolving aworkers pay dispute.
Industrial action by security staff at Scotland's 11 regional airports came to an end at midday without a resolution.
More than 120 members of the Prospect union began the 48-hour strike on Tuesday. They are now working to rule.
Highlands and Islands Airports Limited (Hial) and Prospect are in dispute over an increase in wages for workers.
Hial is owned by the Scottish government.
Peter Murchie replaces Stuart Hogg at full-back as coach Gregor Townsend continues his squad rotation policy.
Prop Adam Jones returns to the Blues starting line up after starting on the bench in the 25-21 European Challenge Cup defeat by the Dragons.
Gareth Davies is at fly-half in the absence of the concussed Rhys Patchell.
Police believe abody found in South Lanarkshire may be that of a missing man, not seen for almost three years.
The remains were found in Dale Avenue in Cambuslang on Tuesday.
David Baird, 54, from Blantyre, was last seen in June 2014.
Police said the death was currently being treated as unexplained.
Police in Edinburgh have recovered more than£64,000 worth of cannabis plants from a building which also houses a play centre for young children.
Officers conducted a search at Tiki Tots in Nile Grove and found the class B drug growing in the building's loft space.
Police said parents had been completely unaware of the cannabis.
The cannabis was recovered by police on Tuesday. Officers said they were pursuing a positive line of inquiry.
Firefighters have been dealing with a major wildfire in Sutherland in the Highlands.
Officials said grass and gorse bushes were ablaze near Dornoch treatment works.
The incident comes after the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) and Scottish Wildfire Forum (SWF) issued a warning of an increased threat of wildfires in parts of Scotland over the next few days.
They said dry weather and large quantities of dead vegetation, such as heather and pine needles, had heightened the chance of the uncontrolled fires.
BBC Radio Scotland
Business/economy editor, Scotland
Medical gas cylinders have been stolen from an Elgin hospital.
It is thought the nitrous oxide cylinders were taken from Dr Gray's Hospital at about 22:20 on Friday.
Police want to speak to two men aged about 25 with local accents and a woman believed to be about 18-years-old, in connection with the incident.
They were seen driving away from Pluscarden Road in a white car with the boot open.
Former Scotland captain Gary McAllister has given his backing to anew independent football supporters' organisation.
McAllister, capped 57 times for Scotland, was named as the The Scottish Football Supporters Association's first ambassador.
Until now, Scotland had been the only football nation in Europe not to have an independent fans' body.
"Supporters have always been at the heart of the game," said McAllister.
"Having an independent voice that offers a valuable contribution to the game in Scotland is something that I am delighted to support."
Household incomes in Scotland are more than £400 higher than they were before the economic downturn,a new study says.
The Resolution Foundation think-tank found average incomes in 2014 were 1.9% up on those in 2007-08.
But while pensioners saw their budget rise by an average of 9.4% in the period, working-age households saw theirs drop 4.6%.
Resolution said the average household income in 2014 across Scotland was £23,000, a rise of £424 from 2007-08.
Concern is growing for the wellbeing of a 72-year-oldvulnerable missing man from North Lanarkshire.
Michael Jennings was last seen leaving his home in Moodiesburn at 05:30 on Wednesday in his silver Suzuki Vitara car, registration SD13 MEU.
His family has had no contact since and is extremely concerned for him.
Mr Jennings is described as white, about 5ft 6in tall, of stocky build with blue eyes and short grey hair. He also has tattoos on both his forearms.
BBC Scotland News
Business/economy editor, Scotland
The SNP has said it wants to tackle child poverty. It cites a forecast by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) thatthere will be more than a million more children living in poverty by the end of this decade.
Nicola Sturgeon, the SNP leader and first minister, claimed this means 100,000 more Scottish children - if current government policies are continued.
The SNP has set out policies to reduce child poverty, including a higher minimum wage, an end to the coalition government's freeze on child benefit and tax credit, and more childcare.
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A 48-hourstrike over pay by security staff at Scotland's 11 regional airports has ended.
More than 120 members of the Prospect union have now begun working to rule at Highlands and Islands Airports Limited.
Ten of the airports remained open during the strike, although Dundee was temporarily shut.