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Storm death toll hits eight

The death toll from flooding caused by the remnants of Tropical Storm Hermine has reached eight after two more bodies were found in Texas.

One body was identified as that of 51-year-old Jennifer Ring of Austin. The mother of two children had been missing since swift water swept her sport utility vehicle off a road on September 8.

In nearby Georgetown, police found the debris-wrapped body of a man in a drainage field.

Twitter unveils new website

Twitter is adding a new pane to its website that will make it easier for its 160 million users to check out photos and video.

Bosses hope the redesign will get people to linger on Twitter for longer and come back more frequently, making it a more attractive advertising vehicle.

"We are still figuring out all the new possibilities," Twitter co-founder Biz Stone said. Until now, most links to photos and video have been displayed on other websites or browser tabs.

Danger of dirty cleaning cloths

More than half of cleaning cloths used in restaurant kitchens and takeaways contain unacceptable levels of bacteria, experts warned today.

Staff are failing to change cloths often enough or to disinfect them, leading to poor hygiene and the risk of cross-contamination, a study by the Britain's Health Protection Agency found.

Bacteria on dirty cloths can easily spread to the hands of catering staff, work surfaces, kitchen equipment and food.

Microsoft boss in scout honour

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has received the highest award that the Boy Scouts of America bestows on adults, the Silver Buffalo Award, for distinguished service to youth.

As a boy in the 1960s and 70s, Gates was a member of Seattle's Cub Scout Pack 144 and Boy Scout Troop 186, achieving the rank of Life Scout.

His former scoutmaster, Don Van Wierengen, recalled a scouting show in Seattle where most boys were demonstrating outdoor skills. Gates, he said, wanted to demonstrate computers.