America struggling under 'snowmageddon'

America is struggling under at least 5ft snow which fell across the north east of the United States - and even more is on the way from this "historic" snowstorm, experts warned.

Trapped residents and motorists in New York state have been trying to dig themselves out and resume business as usual, but according to one official they are facing a "gigantic and persistent" snowstorm.

Some 20 people have died across the United States since the storm began on Saturday, with the city of Buffalo, near Niagara Falls, bearing the brunt of the snow.

Sheffield United stops Ched Evans training

Convicted rapist Ched Evans has been stopped from training with Sheffield United, after what the club described as "an intensity that could not have been anticipated".

Evans attempts to re-start his career after he was convicted of raping a 19-year-old woman in a Premier Inn in Wales have split supporters and patrons. Four patrons walked out in disgust over the decision to let Evans train and Olympic gold medallist Jessica Ennis-Hill threatened to have her name removed from a stand if the striker was re-signed. In a statement, Sheffield United said:

Sheffield United will not be used to promote the view that professional footballers should be treated differently, as has been the want of certain sections of the media and various commentators.

During this whole period, we have been served a timely reminder of what we have been throughout our history: Sheffield United is a family and community club that, even in times of adversity, will remain strong and grow from its experiences.

– Sheffield United

Who is Mark Reckless?

Mark Reckless triggered a by-election when he defected to Ukip

  • The UKIP candidate for Rochester and Strood is a 43-year-old father of two who formerly worked in financial services and management consultancy before moving into Westminster
  • He studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Christ Church, Oxford, where he met fellow Conservative George Osborne
  • Worked for the policy unit at Conservative Central Office for two years and was elected to the House of Commons in 2010
  • Reckless publicly apologised after only two months in the Commons for being so drunk in a Parliament bar that he missed a vote on the budget in June 2010. He swears he is now teetotal and will not drink even if he wins the by-election
  • Tory party chairman Grant Shapps accused Reckless of deceit, telling the annual Conservative conference Reckless had "lied and lied and lied"
  • Reckless has since criticised David Cameron for failing to be clear about what he stands for
  • However, Reckless has made it very clear what he believes in; a vocal opponent of the EU, he supports an elected House of Lords and does not want to see benefits to the unemployed or sick rise.

Preventing young extremism

The Think program is crucial to the safety of this country

– Graham Foulkes

Good Morning Britain has been given exclusive access to a scheme which is tackling extremism in schools.

For the first time, cameras have been allowed to film a group of young people aged 13-16 who could be deemed to be at risk of radicalisation in a workshop attempting to prevent this.

Graham Foulkes, who lost his son David in the 7/7 bombs, is one of the Think program speakers and joined us today.

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Breakfast in America winners are spellbound!

It might be wintry and wet here in the UK but 4,300 miles away in Orlando, Sean Fletcher and his 100 GMB viewers are having a magical time enjoying temperatures in the 20s on their Breakfast in America trip.

This morning we're joining our winners as they see the magical side of Florida from Diagon Alley at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios.

So we cross over the Atlantic and find out how the 'Muggles' are getting on.

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Diagon Alley in Universal Studios

Rochester and Strood by-election begins

Voters in Rochester and Strood go to the polls today in a pivotal by-election which could signal further success for the UK Independence Party (Ukip).

Former Conservative MP Mark Reckless, who represented Rochester and Strood since the constituencies creation in 2010, is standing for re-election as a Ukip MP. But what kind of place would is Rochester and Strood and who will the winner be representing?

  • Rochester and Strood is in Kent, on the Thames estuary
  • The working population earns close to the national average wage of £26,500.
  • Rochester and Strood has been earmarked for a lot of future development. Two Rochester brownfield sites (area previously used for commercial purposes) are the largest redevelopments in the Thames gateway.
  • Rochester also has historical value - a medieval castle built in 11th century was used by Henry VIII to privately meet Anne of Cleeves before their disastrous marriage
  • Charles Dickens was a fan of Rochester - it features in his work more than any other city apart from London