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New York eases dope arrests

Thousands of people carrying small amounts of marijuana in New York may no longer be arrested or face criminal charges, marking a significant shift in how the city approaches policing pot.

Instead of being arrested on misdemeanour charges that carry up to three months in jail, many people will face non-criminal violations punishable by fines starting at $100 (€80).

Mayor Bill de Blasio said it would give police time to pursue more serious crime and spare people from the consequences of arrest records.

Bellingham Oxo ad to be re-run

An Oxo advert featuring the late Lynda Bellingham is to be screened on Christmas Day after her fans called for its return as a tribute to her.

Oxo said hundreds of thousands of people had asked for the 1984 My Christmas ad to be shown again in memory of Bellingham's life and career.

The 66-year-old, known for her role as the Oxo mum and as a Loose Women presenter, lost her battle with cancer on October 19.

Manchester is top UK airport

Manchester Airport has been named UK Airport of the Year. It beat competition from Heathrow, Gatwick and Birmingham to win the category for best airport with more than six million passengers a year.

The industry award was given at the annual Airport Operators Association (AOA) awards and voted for by the British Air Transport Association airlines.

Andrew Cowan, chief operating officer for Manchester Airports Group (MAG), said: "The accolade is testament to the hard work of our staff."

Mormon chief 'had 40 wives'

The Mormon church has admitted that its founder Joseph Smith married about 40 women including a 14-year-old and others who were already the wives of his followers, having maintained for nearly 200 years that he was monogamous.

"Joseph married many additional wives and authorised other Latter-day Saints to practise plural marriage," a church essay said, noting that "careful estimates put the number between 30 and 40".