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In Brief: Olympic hero's death probed

America's Cup bosses have promised a full investigation into the accident in which British Olympic gold medal winner Andrew Simpson died.

Simpson (36) was sailing with the Swedish Artemis Racing team in San Francisco Bay when his catamaran capsized and he became trapped underneath.

The sailor, affectionately known as "Bart", was one of 11 crew members aboard the 72ft vessel which flipped over at about 12.30pm local time.

He was trapped underwater by the catamaran's platform for about 10 minutes and doctors could not revive him.

Tributes have poured in for the married father-of-two, who won gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.


Fertiliser blast turns sinister

US Police have launched a criminal investigation into last month's deadly fertiliser plant explosion.

Investigators have up to now largely treated the West Fertiliser Co blast that killed 14 people as an industrial accident.

The Texas Department of Public Safety said in a statement that the agency has instructed law officers to launch a criminal probe.

The plant blew up on the night of April 17 after a fire erupted at the facility in the rural town of West.


Sex-quiz comic gets fresh bail

Comedian Jim Davidson has been rebailed over alleged sex offences by police investigating the Jimmy Savile scandal.

Davidson (59) was bailed to an unspecified date in July.

So far 12 people have been arrested as part of Operation Yewtree.

Davidson's solicitor, Henri Brandman, said: "Jim continues to vigorously deny the allegations."


Monsoon holds


off its creditors

THE women's clothing and accessories chain, Monsoon Accessorize, has been given further High Court protection from its creditors until June 12.

That date will bring to the maximum 100 days protection available under examinership which was granted to the Monsoon Accessorize Ireland Ltd on March 13 last.

The further period is to allow for more time to finalise a survival plan.

The chain,which employs 269 people in 18 stores around the country, is looking to close at least 10 of those outlets and renegotiate rents with landlords for others.