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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.

Read: Alcohol link to woman found dead in hospital stairway

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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.

Read: San Francisco transforms into Gotham City to welcome Batkid

'Suspicious device' prompts San Francisco evacuation

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

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Suspicious device Market St and Powell St, O'ffarell St. Street Closure, heavy traffic, Cable Car and Muni rerouted and delayed. AVOID AREA.

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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Third death after Asiana Airlines crash

A girl has died in hospital to become the third fatality in the crash of an Asiana Airlines jet at San Francisco airport last Saturday.

The child, who died on Friday morning, is a Chinese national and had been in critical condition, according to a statement from two doctors at San Francisco General Hospital.

The crash landing of the Boeing also killed two Chinese teenage girls and injured more than 180 other people.

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911 calls reveal San Francisco plane crash horror

Emergency calls made by passengers ofan Asiana Airlines flight that crashed in San Francisco have been released by the California Highway Patrol.

One distressed woman can be heard telling the dispatcher, "She is severely burned, she will probably die soon if we don't get help".

Another tells them, "We have people over here who weren't found and they're burned, really badly".

Images emerge of survivors after San Francisco crash

More images of survivors of the Asiana Airlines crash at San Francisco International Airport have emerged.

They were taken by fellow passenger, Ben Levy, who said: "People were not rushing out fighting for their lives. They're like 'Okay, let's try to be orderly here and let's get out, fast but let's not step onto each other'."

Smoke is seen billowing from the Asiana plane in the background. Credit: Ben Levy
Passengers gather on the ground after evacuating the plane. Credit: Ben Levy
Firefighters gather around passengers seated on the ground or lying on stretchers. Credit: Ben Levy

US accident investigators are continuing to examine the crash which led to the deaths of two Chinese students and more than 180 being injured.

Read: Survivor's 'adrenaline' moments after plane crash

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