Saturday 22 July 2017

In brief: Soap-switching actress in a lather

Michelle Collins says she is finding it "surreal" becoming the new landlady in 'Coronation Street', as she grew up watching the soap.

The former 'EastEnders' actress, who played villainous Cindy Beale for 10 years until 1998, is about to appear behind the bar of the Rovers Return as Stella Price.

Olympic winner jumps to his death

Kenyan Olympic marathon champion Samuel Wanjiru was killed when he jumped off the balcony of his home late on Sunday.

Police were trying to ascertain whether the 24-year-old -- the first Kenyan to win the Olympic gold in the marathon at Beijing in 2008 -- deliberately killed himself.

Camper survives lightning strike

Police say a Pennsylvania man has survived a lightning strike while helping set up tents for a Boy Scout outing.

Police in the town of Industry say the 49-year-old man was standing by a tree when he was struck by a bolt of lightning on Saturday.

Actor Grant says phone was tapped

Actor Hugh Grant has revealed he has been visited by police investigating newspaper phone hacking.

The star claimed he had been shown written documentation with his personal details and those of people close to him by a private detective. He said he was still considering whether to take legal action.

Aussie man dies in web stunt

Australian police say a man who plunged seven floors to his death from an apartment balcony in Brisbane was participating in the internet craze of "planking."

Planking involves people lying flat on their stomachs in various and sometimes dangerous settings and then posting photographs online.

'Gangster-snap' footballer rapped

A young Premiership footballer is in hot water after striking a "gangster" pose and being photographed with a replica gun.

Nile Ranger, an England under-19 player, will be reminded of the "importance of being a positive role model", Newcastle United said in a statement after the photo was published in 'The Sun'.

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