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Trial starts over parents' killing

A nurse will stand trial today accused of murdering her elderly parents at the bungalow they shared.

Susan Toop (53) is charged with the murder of her father Arthur Toop (82) and mother Joan (74) at their home in Uplands Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, on November 28, 2008.

Post-mortem examinations showed they died after being struck with a blunt object.

The trial was due to start at Winchester Crown Court this morning.

Reggae legend dies aged 54

Sugar Minott, the smooth-voiced singer and producer who helped to popularise reggae music, has died at 54.

Minott died on Saturday in a Kingston hospital, his wife said today. She did not disclose the cause of death.

Born in Kingston in May 1956, the singer launched his musical career as a youngster in the late 1960s as a member of the African Brothers reggae trio. In 1981 he had his biggest hit with a cover of the Jackson Five's Good Thing Going, which reached No 4 in the UK singles chart.

Cattrall gets university nod

Sex And The City star Kim Cattrall will be made an honorary fellow of a university in her native city today.

The actress will receive the award and address students graduating from Liverpool John Moores University.

Cattrall (53) who plays Samantha Jones in the hit TV and movie series, was born in Liverpool before her parents moved to Canada when she was three months old.

She returned to the city last year to trace her family roots for an episode of the BBC's Who Do You Think You Are?

Veterans to do battle in charts

A group of Chelsea pensioners whose average age is 79 could be an unlikely chart success after landing a record deal, it was announced today.

The retired military men will be shifting their battleground to the album chart when the seven-strong group releases its debut in November.

Between them they have clocked up more than 20 medals for their service careers, plus one MBE.

David Poultney (81) originally from Pontypridd in Wales, said: "There's so much talent hidden amongst these men and it'll do a world of good to them."