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Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Thursday 5 May 2016


UK goes to the polls for 'Super Thursday'

Britons are voting today, on what has been dubbed "Super Thursday". Ballots will be cast for the devolved assemblies of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland; 124 English councils; English and Welsh police and crime commissioners; the mayors of London, Bristol, Liverpool and Salford, and two parliamentary by-elections.


Neither Bush will endorse Donald Trump

Neither of the Republican's two living former US presidents will endorse Donald Trump, the party's "presumptive nominee" after his nearest rival quit the race. George HW and George W Bush will not take part in campaigning. Trump attacked George W on the campaign trail, saying he lied to justify the Iraq war.


New Day newspaper closes after two months

The New Day, the experimental newspaper launched just two months ago, is to print its last issue on Friday. Pitching it as a national paper for those who had "fallen out of love with newspapers", owners Trinity Mirror promised advertisers they would hit daily sales of 200,000. Instead, they were selling just 30,000 copies each day.


Junior doctors contract work paused for talks

The government has agreed to pause work on controversial new contracts for junior doctors for five days, paving the way for talks to end the dispute. The medics have staged a series of strikes over the changes to working conditions. Talks will focus on contractual issues such as unsocial hours and Saturday pay.


Rents continue to rise across the UK

The average cost of renting homes across the UK has risen, according to new figures out today. In the 12 months to April, the cost of renting outside the capital rose by 5.1% to £755 a month while in London, it increased by 7.7% to £1,543 a month. Rents are rising faster in Scotland than any other large area of the country.


London: Travel chaos after fire at Vauxhall

There is major disruption to transport routes in and out of London today after a fire broke out underneath a platform at Vauxhall station in the early hours of the morning. Services to and from Waterloo are severely delayed, trains are not running on the Hounslow loop and via Richmond and Kingston and Vauxhall bus station is closed.


Air passengers hurt as plane hits 'severe' turbulence

More than 30 people were injured, nine seriously, when an Etihad Airways flight from Abu Dhabi to Jakarta experienced "severe and unexpected turbulence". Eight Indonesian passengers and a foreign flight attendant were most seriously hurt, with several suffering broken bones. The turbulence had been severe enough to damage the overhead luggage compartments, said the airline.


Accidental bet on Leicester wins pair £20,000

Two friends have collected £20,000 winnings after mistakenly betting £5 each on Leicester City to win the Premier League. Jordan Wright of Essex thought he was backing the team to win their first match at great odds - and roped in a friend, Mitchell Baldock. The firefighters were mocked by colleagues before Leicester's fairytale win.


Wildfire evacuations continue in Canada

Evacuations around the Canadian city of Fort McMurray in Alberta have continued as a devastating wildfire heads south. A state of emergency has been declared in the province of Alberta after the blaze forced all 88,000 residents of Fort McMurray to flee. There have been no fatalities but it is feared half the city could be destroyed and nearby oil producers have cut supplies.


Briefing: London slips to 23rd in global house-price league

London has slipped down the global league of booming property prices to rank 23rd in a list of 35 global cities where "prime" property is bought and sold. The league table, compiled by upmarket estate agent Knight Frank, looks at the increase in average prices for the top five per cent of the market - and in the six months to March, prices actually fell 0.6 per cent as the traditionally slow winter property market lived down to its reputation.

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