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Morning Headlines
27th January 2015

Warning: images contain flash photography. 

Litvinenko public inquiry begins 

The long-awaited public inquiry into the death of Alexander Litvinenko begins today.

The inquiry comes nine years after the former KGB spy died after drinking tea poisoned with a rare radioactive substance. It happened in London.

Mr Litvinenko's wife, Marina, says he blamed the Kremlin as he lay dying in hospital. Russia denies any involvement.

Robert Owen, the judge who will act as the inquiry chairman, has said there was "prima facie" evidence of Russian culpability.

Emergency declared as US storm brings hurricane-force winds hit north east

An emergency has been declared in several US states as a storm bringing hurricane-force winds of snow barrels down on the north-east.

Boston, New York and Philadelphia began shutting down last night as the flurries began.

Non-emergency vehicles have been banned on New York's roads since 11pm last night.

US study links everyday medicines to dementia 

A study in the United States has linked commonly used medicines to dementia.

They include over-the-counter treatments for conditions such as insomnia and hay-fever, but experts say people should not panic or stop taking their medicines.

Higher doses and prolonged use were linked to higher dementia risk in elderly people.

Ten dead after Greek fighter jet crashes

At least 10 people have been killed after a Greek fighter jet crashed into other planes during a NATO training exercise in Spain.

Thirteen others are injured, including seven who are in a critical condition.

Among the dead were the jet's two pilots.

Benedict Cumberbatch apologises for using the word “coloured”

Benedict Cumberbatch has apologised after he used the word “coloured” to describe black people on US television.

The British actor said he was "devastated to have caused offence" following his contribution to a debate on the need for greater diversity on British screens.

Anti-racism groups have described the use of the word "coloured" as "outdated".

Flashing Brixton billboard branded “eyesore” 

A flashing billboard which could be erected on the side of a building in Brixton has been branded "an eyesore".

Ten LED boards could be pinned to the building - which was previously listed as a site of local architectural or historical interest by Lambeth Council.

The deadline for objections had been extended until February 13 following the public backlash.

Nicole Scherzinger takes first journey on the tube

Nicole Scherzinger has proved she isn’t so different from the rest of us by taking her first journey on the Tube.

The singer managed to avoid being mobbed by fans as she posted a picture of herself on the underground on her Instagram account.

Rodgers says Chelsea more determined after Bradford humiliation

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes Chelsea will have a greater motivation to reach Wembley after their shock FA Cup defeat to Bradford City.

The Reds head to Stamford Bridge after drawing the League Cup semi-final first leg 1-1 at Anfield.

Chelsea lost 4-2 at home to Bradford on Saturday, having led 2-0.

Teenager launches Twitter campaign to find girl he met on train 

A Crystal Palace fan launched a Twitter appeal to find a girl he fell in love with on a train.

Angus Mainland, 19, took a selfie of two of them together. He then sent a tweet to Cross Country Trains asking for help to find her again

The tweet went viral as more than 3,300 people retweeted it.

He later posted an update in which he said he had found the mystery woman. No more is presently known. 

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