'Jack' to leave the Corrie cobbles
'Coronation Street' veteran Bill Tarmey, who plays Jack Duckworth, has announced he is retiring after 30 years on the ITV soap.
Fans of the programme have been assured his character will go out with a bang but details of his departure are being kept strictly under wraps -- so much so that even the actor remains in the dark.
Brown loses out in snogging polls
Gordon Brown is the British party leader who women in a key election group dubbed the 'Lambrini Ladies' least want to snog, a survey has found.
Just 3pc of the group -- women aged 20-30 in low-paid jobs -- said they wanted to kiss the prime minister, compared with 14.9pc for David Cameron and 16.9pc for Nick Clegg.
Teen escapes bill for getting lost
A US teenager was relieved to hear that getting lost on a mountain will not land him with a bill for $25,000.
Scott Mason had been told he would have to reimburse authorities the cost of finding him after he spent three nights alone on Mount Washington, New Hampshire, last April when he sprained his ankle.
Audi unveils its driverless car
Researchers in the US have unveiled a new sports car which has one key difference from all its high-performance rivals -- it does not need a driver.
The Audi car, named Shelley, is being developed by a team at Stanford University as they try to make driving safer and one day allow ordinary vehicles to drive on their own.
Blur's first single after seven years
Blur are set to release a new single for the first time in seven years. It is thought that just 1,000 copies of the record will be issued to highlight Record Store Day, supporting independently-owned music shops.
A title for the new material is yet to be revealed and its release will mark the first single from the band since 'Good Song' in 2003.
Student to attend 'Lesbian Prom'
A US lesbian high-school student got a second chance to don a tuxedo and dance after she sued her Mississippi school over a ban on same-sex prom dates.
Constance McMillen plans to attend a soiree, known as the 'Lesbian Prom', held by the the National Centre for Lesbian Rights in San Francisco on May 1.