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01/12/2013 09:07 GMT | Updated 30/01/2014 10:59 GMT

Morning Headlines: Glasgow Helicopter Crash, Paul Walker Dies, Cameron On Energy Bills

Police name helicopter crash victim

The operation to recover bodies from the Glasgow helicopter crash has moved into its second night and is "likely to take some time," Police Scotland said.

At least eight people were killed when the police helicopter crashed into a busy pub on Friday night. Another 14 people are in hospital with serious injuries following the crash at the Clutha Vaults.

Police Scotland confirmed that Gary Arthur, 48, of the Paisley area, is among the dead.

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Actor Paul Walker dies in car crash

Actor Paul Walker, who starred in the Fast And The Furious movie series, has died in a car crash near Los Angeles. He was 40.

Publicist Ame Van Iden says Walker died yesterday afternoon. No further details were released.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's department said two people were killed in a car crash.

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PM and Clegg vow energy bills cut

Homebuyers are set to be handed £1,000 to spend on energy-saving measures, the Government has announced.

The grants are part of a shake-up of green levies designed to cut bills for consumers and blunt Labour's attack on the key cost-of-living issue.

In a joint article for the Sun on Sunday, David Cameron and Nick Clegg confirmed that funding of insulation and other efficiency techniques for vulnerable households was being reworked.

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PM flies to China for trade boost

As David Cameron prepares to fly to China for his second visit as Prime Minister, aides are billing the trip as a chance to show he has "turned a page" in relations with Beijing, which went into deep freeze after he met the Dalai Lama.

The Prime Minister is flying out to China tomorrow at the head of a trade delegation of more than 100 business people, determined to ensure that the visit is a "forward-looking" event promoting opportunities for co-operation, rather than raking over the history of differences on Tibet.

When he came to office in 2010, Mr Cameron set a target of doubling British trade with China to £62 billion by 2015, as part of a drive to boost exports to the emerging Brics economies.

Clapham survivor: I was lucky one

Twenty-five years on from the Clapham rail disaster, badly-injured passenger Alison Clark reckons she is a lucky woman - lucky that she remembers little of the crash, and lucky that she is alive.

"Three people sitting close to me died," said Ms Clark, now 49, who was heading for London on the 6.14am Poole to Waterloo train on the fateful morning of December 12 1988.

Travelling at the front of the train which slammed into a stationary London-bound train, Ms Clark received such bad head and face injuries that it was three weeks before she regained consciousness at St George's Hospital in Tooting, south London.

Online shops set for Cyber Monday

Online retailers are braced for their busiest day of the year as consumers take part in the annual pre-Christmas shopping spree dubbed Cyber Monday.

Recent years have seen online shopping figures consistently peaking on the first Monday in December, thought to be a combination of the last payday before Christmas falling on the previous Friday and a weekend spent browsing the shops before buying online.

Visa Europe predicts £450 million will be spent on its cards alone as online transactions top 7.7 million, an increase of 16% on last year, potentially making December 2 this year the busiest online shopping day in history.

Balding reveals grandmother insult

Broadcaster Clare Balding said her grandmother told her she was "disgusting" and the pair did not speak for months after it was revealed she was gay.

The presenter, who played a large part in the BBC's Olympics coverage, also said she will go to Russia to cover the 2014 Winter Olympics despite controversy over the country passing what are widely seen as anti-gay laws.

Balding, whose partner is former newsreader Alice Arnold, was outed in a newspaper around 10 years ago when they were pictured together at a film premiere.

Win some, lose some, for gambler

A veteran gambler who scooped almost £40,000 on an against-the-odds football accumulator yesterday lost the lion's share on the Wales v Australia rugby clash.

Roofing contractor Steve Richards, 56, from Tonyrefail, south Wales, could have turned his back, banked his windfall, and taken a year off.

He was basking in success after correctly predicting the results of 12 football matches from a minimal £10 stake.

Police fire tear gas at protesters

Riot police today fired tear gas at protesters trying to force their way into the prime minister's office compound and Bangkok's police headquarters.

Reporters saw anti-government protesters trying to rip down concrete barriers outside the Government House. Police fired tear gas and water cannons to push them back.

Separately, police drove back another crowd of protesters at the Bangkok police headquarters.

India's Mars spacecraft on course

India's Mars orbiter mission ventured out of Earth's sphere of influence early today in an attempt to reach the red planet's orbit.

The Bangalore-based Indian Space Research Organisation said the spacecraft fired its main engine for more than 20 minutes, giving it the correct velocity to leave the earth's orbit.

"The Earth orbiting phase of the spacecraft ended. The spacecraft is now on a course to encounter Mars after a journey of about 10 months around the sun," the statement said.