Two People Die As Storm Batters The Country. A man and a woman have died as rain and winds of up to 87mph sweep the country disrupting the Christmas getaway and leaving more than 6,000 without power.
A motorist died on Sunday at Bolventor, in Cornwall after a three-car accident during a hail storm.
M&S Says Sorry Over Alcohol Refusal. Marks & Spencer has apologised after a Muslim member of staff refused to sell alcohol to a customer.
An M&S spokeswoman said: “We regret that in the case highlighted we were not following our own internal policy.”
Row Over NHS Too Powerful To Criticise Claim. The chairman of the NHS watchdog has sparked a political row after saying the health service has become “too powerful to criticise”.
He warned the service’s perceived status as a “national religion” fuelled the problem and some areas of care were “out of control” because honesty about failings was not tolerated.
France Implants Its First Artificial Heart. An artificial heart that can give patients up to five years of extra life has been successfully implanted for the first time.
It uses a range of “biomaterials”, including bovine tissue, to reduce the likelihood of the body rejecting it.
Blaze At Surrey Theme Park. The Chessington World of Adventures Resort in Surrey has been closed for the day after a fire started at a restaurant near a zoo.
It had been due to open at 10am for a “festive zoo day” according to its website, but a decision was made to shut the site.
Nasa Astronauts Finish ISS Repair Spacewalk. Nasa astronauts Rick Mastracchio and Mike Hopkins have completed the first of three emergency spacewalks to replace a broken cooling pump at the International Space Station.
From the inside, Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata operated the station’s 50ft (15m) robotic arm, hoisting Mr Mastracchio and hefty equipment from one section of the lab to another.
Christmas Shoppers To Spend £12bn In Four Days Shoppers are expected to spend £12bn in just four days as they make the most of slashed prices and promotions, according to retail forecasters.
Alan Dadswell relies on Christmas to keep his shop Toys ‘N’ Tuck in Southend-on-Sea going and he says discounts are crucial.
Clutha Tragedy – Comedy Gig To Help Raise Cash Glasgow’s comedians are lining up to raise a laugh for victims of the Clutha Pub tragedy.
Friends and relatives of the 10 people who died when the Police Scotland helicopter crashed into the Glasgow pub have been invited to the show at the city’s O2abc Academy.
Emergency services said several passengers had to be freed from the wreckage.
A 19-year-old woman and a man were the last to be rescued and are among those most badly hurt.