Your morning briefing: What you should know for Friday, November 8

Sean Morrison


More flooding misery expected as downpours wreak havoc on UK

Flash flooding is expected to spark more misery for commuters this morning as heavy downpours continue to wreak havoc on the UK.

Homes were evacuated and hundreds of people were left trapped in a shopping centre after floods in Sheffield last night.

Cars became stranded in floodwater and roads were left impassable to traffic as torrential rain battered some parts of the country.

Met Office warnings were in place, with commuters expected to face more chaos on roads and rail lines this morning.

An amber weather alert for heavy rain covering parts of Yorkshire and the Midlands was in place until 6am.


PM plans for fast track 'NHS visa' for overseas doctors and nurses

Boris Johnson plans for a fast track "NHS visa" to make it easier for overseas doctors and nurses to work if the Tories win the election.

Ministers said the scheme would enable the health service to continue to attract the finest medical staff after Britain has left the EU.

The new NHS visa would ultimately form part of the party's planned points-based immigration system to be introduced after Brexit.

Labour accused the Tories of using "dog whistle anti-immigrant rhetoric" while migrant workers keep public services working.


'Blood stains reveal clean-up' after Grace Millane 'murder'

Suspected blood stains found in the room where Grace Millane died show there was a “clean up” operation, her murder trial has been told.

The expert who led the scientific sweep of her alleged killer's apartment said one of the stains “could have come from a bucket”.

Miss Millane, from Essex, died during a round-the-world trip after going on a date with a man she met in Auckland, New Zealand.

Jurors heard the 22-year-old was throttled during sex and that her body was discovered in a shallow grave days later in a forested area.

The 27-year-old defendant denies murder, saying the backpacker’s death was accidental.

The trial continues.


Trump ordered to pay $2m for misusing charity funds

Donald Trump has been ordered to pay $2 million for misusing funds from his charity to finance his 2016 presidential campaign.

The president "breached his fiduciary duty" by allowing funds raised for US veterans to be used for the Iowa primary election, it was ruled.

A New York state judge said the payment should be made to eight non-profits that the US leader has no connection.

Attorney General of New York Letitia James said Mr Trump admitted to "personally misusing funds” at the Trump Foundation.


Scherzinger drops hint about Pussycat Dolls reunion

Nicole Scherzinger dropped some major hints about a forthcoming Pussycat Dolls reunion during filming for The Jonathan Ross Show.

The girl band disbanded in 2010 and Scherzinger and many of her former bandmates have since pursued solo careers.

But the X Factor judge said she “wouldn’t rule out” a comeback for the group, suggesting the chances of a reunion were stronger than ever.

The singer’s comments came during filming for the Johnathan Ross Show alongside her X Factor co-star Louis Walsh.


On this day...

1602: The Bodleian Library at Oxford University opened to the public.

1895: Wilhelm Rontgen discovered X-rays during an experiment at the University of Wurzburg with the flow of electricity through a partially evacuated glass tube.

1920: The first Rupert Bear cartoon appeared in the Daily Express.

1923: The Munich Beer Hall Putsch - marked the start of Hitler's rise to power in Germany.

1967: Radio Leicester, the first BBC local radio station, was opened.

1974: The famous fruit and vegetable market at Covent Garden in London closed after more than 300 years.

1987: An IRA bomb exploded shortly before a Remembrance Day service at Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, killing 11 people.