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Several killed, cars crushed in Florida foot bridge collapse

Six to 10 people were killed when a newly erected pedestrian bridge spanning several lanes of traffic collapsed at Florida International University on Thursday, US Senator Bill Nelson of Florida told local TV station CBS Miami.

Eight vehicles were trapped in the wreckage of the 950-tonne bridge and eight people have been transported to hospitals, officials told a news conference.

Emergency personnel with sniffer dogs searched for signs of life amid the wreckage of concrete and twisted metal that rained from the collapsed structure and crushed vehicles on one of the busiest roads in South Florida.

The Florida Highway Patrol previously said several people were killed but did not release a figure on fatalities.


Video shows officer at Florida high school shooting failed to act

Florida authorities on Thursday released security footage appearing to confirm that an ex-deputy failed to take action during last month's school shooting massacre that left 17 people dead.

The surveillance video shows Scot Peterson, whom President Donald Trump dubbed a "coward" in the attack's aftermath, arriving at Parkland's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School but standing outside rather than entering.

The images do not show the carnage that Nikolas Cruz, 19, carried out with an assault rifle. But they do expose the 54-year-old Peterson's failure to respond, authorities say.


US moves to slash nicotine in cigarettes

US regulators on Thursday opened the door to slashing the amount of nicotine in cigarettes in order to make them less addictive, a move that could mean millions fewer smokers in the years to come.

The US Food and Drug Administration said it is seeking public input and will begin "to explore a product standard to lower nicotine in cigarettes to minimally or non-addictive levels".

Despite decades of anti-smoking campaigns, nearly half a million people die in the US each year from cigarette smoking, which costs almost US$300 billion (S$400 billion) a year in direct health care and lost productivity.


Queen gives formal consent for grandson Harry to marry Meghan Markle

Britain's Queen Elizabeth has formally given her permission for her "dearly beloved" grandson Prince Harry to marry his US fiancee Meghan Markle.

In a letter to the Privy Council, a formal advisory body to the monarch comprised of senior politicians, judges and bishops, the Queen confirmed her approval of the wedding of Harry, the fifth-in-line to the throne, and Markle, star of US TV drama Suits.

Harry and Meghan's union, like all those of the first six royals in direct line of succession, must be approved by the Queen under the 2013 Succession to the Crown Act, which replaced an even more prescriptive law dating back to the 18th Century.


Football: Atletico lead powerful cast into Europa League quarters

Atletico Madrid underlined their favourites' tag as they marched past Lokomotiv Moscow into the Europa League quarter-finals where they were joined by Olympique Marseilles and Lazio on Thursday.

Fernando Torres struck twice for the La Liga side in a 5-1 victory in icy Moscow to seal an 8-1 aggregate victory over Lokomotiv.

Angel Correa had given the Spanish side the lead on the night and although Lokomotiv levelled, Saul Niguez restored their advantage before Torres' double, the first from the penalty spot, took the game away from the Russians. Substitute Antoine Griezmann completed the scoring.