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Robber Biggs hit by stroke

GREAT Train Robber Ronnie Biggs (82) is unable to walk or talk because of a stroke.

The deterioration of his health became apparent in an interview on the eve of the launch of his new autobiography -- Odd Man Out: The Last Straw.

He expressed regret over the 1963 robbery, pointing out the words "crime doesn't pay" on a word board.

Asked if he was sorry for what happened to mail train driver Jack Mills, who died in 1970 having never made a full recovery after being coshed, he pointed out: "Yes."

Two out of five suffer at work

TWO out of five workers felt pressured to be visible in their office in a growing trend of "presenteeism" due to the state of the economy, according to a study today.

A survey of 2,000 office employees by mobile phone giant O2 found that over one in four believed their performance was measured by the amount of time they spent at their desk.

A similar number said their line manager prevented them from working flexibly, even though staff believed it would boost productivity.

Four killed in US tornadoes

A STORM that produced several possible tornadoes has killed at least four people in America.

In South Carolina, three people were killed and five injured yesterday when an apparent tornado swept through a rural community near Rock Hill, about 32km south of Charlotte. In north Georgia, a person was killed when a tree fell on a vehicle.

Thousands of people were without power.

Strictly's Artem back verdict

STRICTLY Come Dancing star Artem Chigvintsev was visiting doctors this afternoon to see whether he would miss a further edition of the dance show.

The professional -- who partners Holly Valance -- is due to find out tomorrow whether his back injury will again force to him to sit out the show.

Chigvintsev had at one stage been diagnosed with a spinal fracture, but a further opinion revealed he was suffering a joint and soft tissue injury.