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Morning Briefing: November 2, 2018 (FRIDAY)

02/11/2018 News desk

Good morning. Here’s what you need to know to start your day with our daily briefing, compiled by Zoya Thomas.

Met Office tracking 'Tropical Nights' as weather becomes more extreme 

The Met Office is to start tracking the number of ‘tropical nights’ in Britain where the temperature never falls below 68F (20C) in an acknowledgement that the climate is becoming more extreme. In a new report on the State of the UK Climate 2017, the forecaster has included the measure for the first time, admitting they are ‘expecting it to become more prevalent in the future.’ (The Telegraph) Meanwhile, MPs and the heads of environmental organisations have written to Theresa May saying the Budget is an “unforgivable betrayal of future generations”, due to its “worrying lack” of policy to combat climate change. (The Independent)

David Cameron's rumoured return to frontline politics mocked

The rumoured return of David Cameron to frontline politics has been described as "bizarre" and "unreal" by politicians. Shadow education minister Angela Rayner was among a number of MPs to react to a report in The Sun that the former prime minister hoped to return as foreign secretary. (The Independent)

Towns with 'unhealthy' high streets have lower life expectancy

High streets stacked with betting shops, fast-food outlets and tanning salons could be significantly shortening the lives of locals, a report has warned. Residents living in towns with lots of bookies and off-licences die younger than those with plenty of libraries and pharmacies, research by the Royal Society for Public Health found. (The Independent)

University lecturer and her husband held over modern slavery

A lecturer and her husband have been arrested on suspicion of modern slavery after a Polish man was 'kept in a shed for four years' in a leafy village. Pritpal Binning and her spouse Palvinder have been having extensive building work done to their five-bedroom £1.2 million home in Hampshire. Officers arrested the 56-year-old woman and 54-year-old man at a property in Chilworth, near Southampton, an affluent village home to several footballers. (Daily Mail)

In Depth: The nine seconds that exposed one of UK's most notorious serial killers

Harold Shipman revealed his guilt as Britain's most notorious serial killer in just nine seconds, experts have revealed. A new documentary has pinpointed the exact moment Shipman outed himself as a mass murderer simply by holding his breath. Until then the callous GP had refused to open his eyes or even look at police as they quizzed him on the murders of hundreds of pensioners. (Mirror)

Video of the day: Man saves tiny mouse from drowning

This man was cleaning the pool when a tiny mouse swam up to him because it was about to drown. (Rumble)

On this day

The Spruce Goose Airplane © Getty The Spruce Goose Airplane 1947: Howard Hughes pilots his huge, multimillion dollar wooden plane, the 'Spruce Goose,' in California. Designed to transport troops during WWII, the aircraft is completed two years late, after the war has ended. This short test flight is the only time the Goose will fly. (Bing)

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