The pub sign of the Crown in Marnhull - reputed be the model for the Pure Drop Inn in Thomas Hardy's novel, Tess of the D'Urbervilles © Copyright Nigel Mykura

BBC news for Dorset

Butterflies released at wedding 'condemned to death'

Conservationists believe the non-native monarchs were sighted after being released at a wedding.

Poole school bus among five routes set for cuts

The council wants to cut its bus subsidies by £70,400 as it tries to save £19.9m by 2020.

Weymouth North Quay council offices sale 'falls through'

The council said buyer North Quay Weymouth Limited failed to complete the sale.

Dorset NHS hospital shake-up agreed

Protesters gathered at the meeting where health chiefs agreed cuts aimed at saving £158m by 2018.

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Russia: Trump and Kim are like 'children in a kindergarten'

Russia's foreign minister says Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un are acting like fighting schoolchildren.

McCain torpedoes Republican Obamacare repeal plan again

The senator says he "cannot in good conscience" approve the plan, which is backed by President Trump.

Miss Turkey stripped of her crown over coup tweet

The beauty pageant's organisers say they discovered the "unacceptable" tweet after the ceremony.

Puerto Rico dam failure 'imminent' after Hurricane Maria

More than 70,000 people who live near the dam are warned they face "a life-threatening situation".