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Severn Bridge reopens after closure due to high winds

The Severn Bridge has reopened to all vehicles after an earlier closure due to high winds, the Highways Agency said.


Inquest opens into death of Tunisia museum victim

Sally Adey was on a cruise when she was killed on a trip to the Bardo museum. Credit: Metropolitan Police

A British tourist killed in a terror attack in Tunisia died of gunshot wounds to her abdomen and pelvis, a coroner has heard at the opening of the inquest into her death.

Mother-of-two Sally Adey, from Shropshire, died in the shooting at the Bardo National Museum in Tunis on March 18th.

She had been on a Mediterranean cruise with her 52-year-old husband Robert, who survived the attack.

Ms Hartridge said a post-mortem examination carried out in the UK by a Home Office pathologist on March 25th had established provisional cause of death as "consistent with gunshot wounds to the abdomen and pelvis".

More than 20 people were killed in the attack, including 17 cruise ship tourists and two gunmen.

Music A-listers launch new streaming service Tidal

Alicia Keys, Nicki Minaj and Beyonce are among the stars investing in Tidal. Credit: Instagram/Nicki Minaj

A dizzying array of musical stars turned out in Manhattan to launch a new music streaming service billing itself as the first of its kind owned by artists.

Tidal is the brainchild of hip hop musician-mogul Jay Z, who was joined in New York by an all-star line-up of investors including Madonna, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and Kanye West.

Madonna, Deadmau5, Kanye West and Jay Z are also part of the project. Credit: Tidal

The membership-based service, which is similar to the subscription service Spotify, is being offered at around $10 for standard sound quality and $20 for "high fidelity" sound quality.

Weather warnings in place for north and east England

Strong winds are expected to continue to batter the north Credit: Met Office

The Met Office has issued a yellow 'be aware' warning as strong winds continue to hit parts of the UK.

Gusts of up to 50-60mph are forecast for the North East and North West of England, Yorkshire and Humber, the Midlands and the East of England.

Northwesterly gales are also forecast for Scotland and Northern Ireland and north Wales.

Scottish Labour makes food banks pledge

Scottish Labour has unveiled a plan to end the need for food banks, as figures show more than 60 children a day are relying on such hand-outs.

Party leader Jim Murphy has made an election pledge to establish a £175 million anti-poverty fund in Scotland as he claimed Labour is "the only party of social justice".

Scottish Labour hopes to end the need for food banks. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Speaking ahead of a visit to an Edinburgh food bank, Murphy said: "Nothing makes me angrier about the Tory government and its austerity policies, than the sight of children queuing for food hand-outs.

"If it was not for the generosity of their fellow Scots, tens of thousands of people, including thousands of children, would be going hungry tonight."


Osborne buoyed by stronger economic figues

The UK economy grew by 0.6% in the fourth quarter, revised up from a previous estimate of 0.5%, official figures released today show.

The economy grew by 2.8% during 2014, up 0.2% from a previous estimate, the Office for National Statistics said.

The economy grew by 2.8% during 2014, ONS figures show. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

GDP was previously estimated to have increased by 2.6% in 2014.

The Chancellor hailed the ONS figures as a "hat trick of good news".

Top Gear executive producer denies he is quitting show

The future of Top Gear's presenters has been in limbo since Jeremy Clarkson was sacked. Credit: Stefan Rousseau / PA WIRE

Top Gear's executive producer Andy Wilman has denied reports that he has quit the hit show in the wake of Jeremy Clarkson's sacking because of his long-term friendship with the presenter.

Yesterday Mr Wilman sent an email to staff on the show congratulating them on making "one of the most iconic programmes in TV history" which was widely reported to be a resignation statement.

Mr Wilman, whose friendship with Clarkson dates back to their school days, said: "The email I wrote yesterday was not a resignation statement, and nor was it meant for public consumption.

"It was a private note of thanks to 113 people who have worked on the show over the years, but clearly one of those 113 is a bit of a tit, because they shared it with a website."

He added: "I don't get this modern obsession with sharing, linking, forwarding, retweeting. Whatever happened to a private moment?

"And if I were to resign, I wouldn't do it publicly. I'd do it old school by handing in my notice, to someone upstairs in HR.

B&Q: Six of the 60 stores set to close

B&Q stores in Birmingham and Manchester are among those set to close. Credit: Kingfisher

Retail giant Kingfisher has revealed the locations of six of the 60 B&Q stores it plans to close within the next two years.

  • Southampton
  • Dundee
  • Baums Lane, Mansfield
  • Stetchford Road, Birmingham
  • Hyde, Greater Manchester
  • Barnsley

The identity of the remaining stores set for closure has not been disclosed as staff have not yet been informed, Kingfisher said.

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