Higher uptake of apprenticeships expected

These days apprenticeships are seen by many as a preferable option to university, but just how useful are they in the real world? And do they give young people the skills they really need?

In response to that, the government's been working with employers on a new set of guidelines, to make sure that apprentices get the most out of their time with a company. We're joined by Business Secretary Vince Cable.

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Shoppers turn their backs on supermarkets

Most of us love a good bargain and when it comes to the weekly food shop, finding the best deal is often a priority for many. A OnePoll survey for Good Morning Britain found that nearly half of you say price - above quality, location or loyalty - determines where you shop.

And we want to know if you've changed your supermarket recently? And if so, was it down to costs or another reason?

Let us know by getting in touch via Twitter, Facebook, or by emailing gmb@itv.com by 8am on Wednesday 20 August and we may use your comments on the show. You must be 18 and over, terms at itv.com/terms.

Tensions in Missouri stoked by second shooting

Police stand at the ready before dispersing a crowd

Tensions in Ferguson in Missouri have been stoked by a second fatal shooting by police yesterday - this time of a man they claim was armed and attempting to rob a shop.

A grand jury in the state will consider today whether to press charges against a policeman accused of shooting dead the teenager Michael Brown.

Michael Brown's cousin says his death was a 'blatant assassination'

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Non-violent domestic abuse may be criminalised

We're looking to make this in law so there's no doubt about it.

– Home Office minister Norman Baker

Psychological abuse in relationships could become just as criminal as physical violence, under a proposed new law.

The Home Secretary, Theresa May, has launched a consultation to look at strengthening the law on domestic violence by creating a new offence of domestic abuse.

It would offer victims protection from controlling and coercive behaviour such as being threatened with violence, cut off from friends and family, or denied access to money.

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US journalist 'executed by Islamic State'

An American journalist has been killed by Islamic State militants, the group claims. The White House is working to determine whether a video of the alleged execution of James Foley is authentic.

A US Government spokeswoman said:

If genuine, we are appalled by the brutal murder of an innocent American journalist.

– US Government spokeswoman

Mr Foley went missing in Syria in 2012. We spoke to journalist Sara Williams who said "it's devastating news thinking about these people's families and friends and the organisations that work with them".

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Unarmed black teen 'shot six times'

It was a blatant assassination

– Michael's cousin Ty Bruitt

Michael Brown was shot six times, an autopsy into the killing of the unarmed black teenager by a police officer, commissioned by his family, has found.

New York pathologist Dr Michael Baden said there were no signs of a struggle, supporting witness accounts that Mr Brown held his hands up and undermining the police's claim that the 18-year-old was shot during a fight.

There have been protests and riots in Ferguson, the suburb of St. Louis, Missouri where Mr Brown lived, since his death on August 9.

Good Morning Britain speaks to Michael's cousin Ty Bruitt about his family's fight for justice.

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A memorial to Michael Brown, whose death has sparked unrest in Ferguson, Missouri

Man seconds from death on rail track

British Transport Police have warned have warned people to stay off railways lines this summer after a man playing "chicken" almost died on the tracks.

He and a friend were filmed by undercover officers in a dummy train which was looking for vandals. One of the men tripped on the track and was just seconds from losing a foot.

The transport police are due to release new figures on the cost of railways vandalism later this week.

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