Norman Joseph Woodland dies: Inventor of the bar code dead at 91

Man who revolutionized the checkout counter with invention of the bar code – scanned five-billion times a day – dies, 91Norman Joseph Woodland died on Sunday in his New Jersey home after suffering Alzheimer's diseaseOriginal 1952 patent for bar code favoured a circle – allowing scan from any directionPatent sold for $15,000 making the most ever earned by Woodland or co-inventor | UPDATED: 11:01 GMT, 14 December 2012 Modern day inventor: N. Joseph Woodland, co-inventor with Bernard Silver of the bar code that labels nearly every product in stores today, died on Sunday at the age of 91 Scanned more than five million times a day, instantaneously encoding product data while boosting work production, it was with Norman Joseph Woodland's fingers in the sand that he first invented the revolutionizing bar code.

Woman, 20, who killed pensioner while texting at the wheel arrives at court still clutching her phone

C U in 3.5 yrs! JAIL for woman, 20, who killed pensioner while texting at the wheel – and STILL arrived at court clutching her precious phone | UPDATED: 01:16 GMT, 14 December 2012 To the family of the grandmother she killed while texting at the wheel of her car, it could not have been more insensitive. They had come to court hoping to see Nikita Ainley show some remorse – and not a little humility – at her sentencing over the death of Mary Rutherford. Instead, they looked on as the 20-year-old arrived tapping away on her phone

Facebook rampage: Schoolgirl"s mother facing 30k clean-up on home in Billericay could now face charges say Essex Police

Schoolgirl's mother facing 30,000 clean-up after 15th birthday got out of control could now be charged for breach of the peace Police say they're considering charges against Esther Hine after her daughter's house party advertised on Facebook attracted 800 youngstersThe damage to five-bedroom semi could cost up to 30,000 to repairFormer councillor Mrs Hine says damage to her home is uninsuredShe was warned by school staff who saw social media invite two weeks ago | UPDATED: 15:12 GMT, 11 December 2012 The mother of the teenage girl whose home was trashed after 800 people turned up to the birthday party she advertised on Facebook could be prosecuted, police said today. Essex Police said they were considering bringing charges against former councillor Esther Hine for breaching the peace and for allowing underage drinking in her home

Parents of girl who ran off to France with her teacher recovering from "suicide overdose"

Parents of girl who ran off to France with her teacher recovering in hospital after 'attempted suicide' Couple carried out of their home on stretchers after emergency callInternational hunt was launched after teenager disappeared | UPDATED: 10:29 GMT, 9 December 2012 The parents of a schoolgirl who ran away with her teacher are in hospital recovering from suspected suicide attempt, it emerged today. They were carried out of their home on stretchers by an ambulance crew, reportedly suffering from a drugs overdose

A picture that says it all: Father displays dead daughter"s mangled car in warning not to drink and drive like she did

A picture that says it all: Father displays dead daughter's mangled car in warning not to drink and drive like she did | UPDATED: 22:31 GMT, 7 December 2012 To the bereaved father, it is a symbol of heartbreaking loss. But the man whose daughter died at the wheel of this Vauxhall Corsa has taken the courageous decision to allow police to use it as a weapon in their war on drink-driving. The twisted wreck will be displayed in town centres and outside nightclubs in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight in the hope it will persuade young people of the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol

Autumn statement: Osborne accused of "mummy tax" on maternity pay and squeezing struggling families with child benefit rise of just 20p a…

Women pregnant with first child or planning to have another baby are being hit with a new 'mummy tax' says Labour George Osborne revealed plans to limit increase in benefits to just 1pcBut Chancellor failed to mention it will hit statutory maternity pay | UPDATED: 00:25 GMT, 7 December 2012 Women who are pregnant with their first child or mothers planning to have another baby are among the biggest losers in the mini-Budget.

Kate Middleton pregnant: Pippa Middleton and Prince Harry set for new role as godparents

Her Royal Hotness Pippa and Party Prince Harry set for new role as godparents: Wills and Kate expected to follow tradition by asking chief bridesmaid and best man The pair, who took lead roles at the wedding, are odds on to be named godparentsAlso in the running are William's old friends the van Cutsems and the van StraubenzeesThe Prince is godfather to several children and is expected to 'return the favour' | UPDATED: 17:40 GMT, 4 December 2012 They played a key role when the young couple walked down the aisle. And now Prince Harry and Kate's sister, socialite Pippa Middleton, are favourite to become godparents to their child

Imogen Daly: Mother donates half of her LIVER to save her baby daughter"s life

Mother donates half of her LIVER to save her baby daughter's life after she is diagnosed with rare condition Imogen Daly was diagnosed with a rare, life threatening liver condition called biliary atresia when she was just nine weeks oldLittle girl was on transplant list for five months but began deteriorating Family friend told her mother Charlotte Rogers about living liver transplantsSurgeons took left side of Ms Rogers' liver and transplanted it into ImogenBoth mother and daughter's liver's will re-grow to a full size | UPDATED: 19:16 GMT, 4 December 2012 Like any parent, Charlotte Rogers would do anything for her baby daughter. So when she was given the option of saving her life, she certainly didn't think twice.

Mother goes into labour nine weeks early at her husband"s hospital bedside after he almost dies in horrific crash

Mother goes into labour nine weeks early at her husband's hospital bedside after he almost dies in horrific crash Adam Hambly, of Plymouth, suffered serious injuries in the head on collision in November Wife Jo, 35, went into labour with baby Grace two months early as she waited at his bedside for him to recoverAll three now face Christmas in hospital as they recover in neighbouring wards | UPDATED: 19:15 GMT, 3 December 2012 A wife went into labour at her husband's hospital bedside nine weeks early after the shock of finding out he had suffered a horrific car crash. Adam Hambly, 32, was left fighting for his life after suffering multiple injuries in the head-on smash in November

The mother of a severely autistic girl makes a painfully honest confession

I love my disabled child – but I'd give my life to make her normal: The mother of a severely autistic girl makes a painfully honest confession Meg Henderson writes a reply to Dominic Lawson who said he would never want to 'cure' his daughter from Down's syndromeDaughter Louise is brain-damaged and autistic and mother says disability took an 'intolerable toll' on the familyAt 34, Louise is now settled in a special village in Fife where she receives dedicated care | UPDATED: 10:13 GMT, 28 November 2012 Most nights, for more years than I can remember, I have had the same dream.