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'Chemical imbalance' caused hospital stairs death

British mother-of-two Lynne Spalding, whose body was discovered in the stairway of a hospital in America probably died of a chemical imbalance due to complications from chronic alcohol abuse, San Francisco assistant medical examiner Ellen Moffat said in a new report.

Peterlee-born Ms Spalding, who had lived in the US for 23 years, was confused and delirious on the day she disappeared, not aware of what day it was or why she was in hospital, the notes added.


Ka-Pow: US papers hail five-year-old Caped Crusader

US newspapers have hailed Batkid - the five-year-old Caped Crusader who helped 'save' San Francisco from villain the Riddler.

Batkid was hailed by US newspapers. Credit: The Bakersfield Californian, Oakland Tribune and newseum

The US city was transformed into Gotham, the home of Batman, for Miles Scott who celebrated beating cancer by joining his idol for a day.

Thousands of fans turned out to watch Batkid rescue a woman from a train track and arresting the Riddler at a bank.

'Suspicious device' prompts San Francisco evacuation

San Francisco Police have closed off part of the city centre after a "suspicious device" was found.

The Associated Press reports that a one-block radius around Union Square has been "shutdown to vehicles and pedestrians".

Billionaire unveils plans for supersonic tube travel

A billionaire inventor has unveiled plans to create a crash-proof supersonic transport system that will fire passengers through a tube at speeds of up to 700 mph.

American entrepreneur Elon Musk visualises pods of up to 28 people rocketing through a solar-powered network across vast distances.

He claims the 'Hyperloop' system could get travellers from Los Angeles to San Francisco, some 350 miles away, in just 30 minutes.

ITV News Washington Correspondent Robert Moore explains how the technology works and why a retro cartoon may have helped pave the way for the future travel:

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