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Morning Headlines
12th February 2015

Warning: images contain flash photography. 

Costa Concordia captain guilty of manslaughter, passengers plan to sue

British passengers who were caught up in the Costa Concordia disaster plan to sue the operator after the cruise captain was found guilty of manslaughter.

Captain Francesco Schettino was at the helm when the ship hit rocks and sank in 2012, killing 32 people. He has been sentenced to 16 years in prison .

The 54-year-old denied the charges and is expected to appeal against the verdict.

Drivers face £50 fine for smoking in cars carrying children 

From October 1, drivers in England will be banned from smoking in their cars if they are carrying children as passengers.

The move follows a similar ban in Wales and Scotland is reportedly considering introducing the same measures.

Anyone found breaching the law could be fined up to £50.

Police investigate smashed windows at kosher restaurant 

Police have begun an investigation after the windows of a kosher restaurant in north London were smashed.

A “projectile” was thrown at the window of Orli Cafe in Edgware yesterday evening.

There were four other incidents of windows being smashed across Edgware and Barnet last night.

Officers say it's unknown whether the attacks were motived by anti-Semitic sentiments. 

HSBC Swiss tax investigation expanded 

The UK tax authority will expand the scope of its investigation into Swiss tax accounts held with HSBC.

Officials will meet with the police and the Serious Fraud Office after MPs accused them of failing to deal with tax avoidance adequately.

The chairwoman of the Public Accounts Committee, Margaret Hodge, said the authorities' approach gave the impression that tax dodgers could get away with hiding money abroad with no real risk of prosecution.

New report says almost a quarter of obesity cases genetic

A new landmark study by the The University of Michigan says genetics are responsible for almost a quarter of obesity cases.

The findings mean millions of those who are obese may not be able to overcome their weight problems through diet and exercise alone.

Unmanned weather rocket launches in Florida on third attempt

An unmanned rocket carrying a space weather satellite has successfully launched in Florida.
It took three attempts to launch following problems with a tracking radar and poor weather conditions.

The mission will monitor changes in solar wind. It will warn forecasters of changes which affect satellites, power grids and communication systems.

Melissa Rivers writing book in memory of Joan

Melissa Rivers is set to release a new book in memory of her late mother, the comedienne Joan Rivers.

The Book of Joan: Tales of Mirth, Mischief, and Manipulation will be released in May.

The publisher has described the book as "funny, poignant and irreverent."

Melissa said she wanted to write a book that would make her mother laugh. 

Internet providers urged to rollout super-fast broadband 

BT and other companies are being urged to speed up plans for superfast broadband across the capital.

Mark Boleat, chairman of the policy and resource committee at the City of London Corporation warned that the technology "was a couple of years behind" where it should be.

He also said areas of tech city in east London have "appalling slow broadband."

Fifty Shades of Grey fever hits Berlin, critics unimpressed 

Fifty Shades Of Grey fever hit Berlin where the fans were out in force for the world premiere.

Lead actors Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson took to the red carpet alongside Director Sam Taylor-Johnson.

Initial reviews appear to have left critics unimpressed but the film is set to be one of the highest grossing of the year, after being adapted from EL James’ book. It has sold more than 100 million copies.

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