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Gotti won't face new Mob trial

The US government has decided not to seek a fifth racketeering trial against John "Junior" Gotti, son of the notorious Mafia crime boss.

Gotti, who insists he left organised crime a decade ago, has been free on bail of $2 million (€1.37m) since a jury in New York could not agree a verdict on December 1 after deliberating for 11 days, forcing a mistrial.

Three trials in 2005 and 2006 also had ended in hung juries.

Gotti was accused of ordering a kidnapping and attempted murder plot against Curtis Sliwa, founder of anti-crime group the Guardian Angels who had criticised Gotti's mobster father on his radio talk show.

Mr Sliwa was first beaten with a baseball bat in 1992 and later kidnapped, shot and nearly killed.

BBC boss sorry for Corbett rant

A BBC executive has apologised "unreservedly" to Ronnie Corbett after he made a foul-mouthed reference to the veteran star to staff.

The editor of The One Show sent an email to colleagues after the Two Ronnies star cancelled an appearance on the BBC1 evening programme in which he called Corbett a "little ****".

Doug Carnegie, the editor, forwarded an email containing the insult to the production team of more than 60 people, after a guest-booker told him of Corbett's no-show.

A source from The One Show said: "He did make the comment in the heat of the moment and he has apologised to Ronnie unreservedly."

Mr Carnegie is due to leave the show in a few weeks.