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Newspaper headlines: Contact tracers to knock on doors and McDonald's sues ex-boss

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image captionScotland's Education Secretary John Swinney will on Tuesday set out plans to resolve the issue of Scottish exam results being downgraded
Now for a look at the morning papers and news websites.
The Daily Telegraph and The Daily Mail lead on the overhaul of the government's test and trace scheme which is variously described as "failing" and "beleaguered". Both highlight that thousands of call centre staff will be sacked, and that local contact tracers will knock on people's doors if they haven't responded to phone calls. The Telegraph editorial says the new track and trace system must inspire confidence, and the consequences of failure would be "calamitous".
The Daily Mirror takes aim at the private firm Serco which it declares "should be axed" from running what it calls the "shambolic" system. It wants the firm's new £300m contract to be cancelled. The paper's editorial is headed "sack Serco, save lives".
Can Scotland's Education Secretary, John Swinney, save his career - is a question The Scotsman is asking - after Nicola Sturgeon apologised for the way Scottish exam results were downgraded.

Exam 'shambles'

The paper describes what happened as a "fiasco" and a "shambles", but says Mr Swinney's future will depend on his plan to resolve the problem which he'll set out later. Erin Bleakely, the 17-year-old schoolgirl who led the campaign against the results, tells the Daily Record an apology was "nice to hear" but the words must be followed with solutions.
Writing for the New Statesman, Chris Deerin is adamant that Mr Swinney needs to go, for the credibility of Nicola Sturgeon's government. A cartoon in the the Herald imagines Mr Swinney's graduation after his paper is upgraded from an "F". One of the characters is waiting to hand him a hat with a "D" on it.
Writing in the journal, Nature Medicine, a Canadian team analysed half-a-million live births, but said more work was needed to establish whether cannabis itself was behind the link. The doctor in charge of the research draws a parallel with alcohol and is quoted as wanting a similar recommendation for no cannabis use in pregnancy.
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image captionAccording to the Financial Times, Trade Secretary Liz Truss has asked for a better deal for British blue cheese during talks with Japan
The Financial Times claims that International Trade Secretary Liz Truss has, in its words, "kicked up a stink" in trade talks with Japan - by insisting the negotiations include a better deal for British blue cheese. It reports that both sides came close to an agreement last week - but Ms Truss held out to try to boost the sales of Stilton.
The FT says the dispute reflects the "cars for cheese" talks that Tokyo had with the European Union - and says the trade secretary is hoping to show Britain can get a better deal than the EU.

'Tragic Roundabout'

It reports that an accident has closed the Dutch-style, £2.3m traffic scheme in Cambridge within days of opening.
The paper says there have been concerns about the design, because bikes have priority over cars - but the non-fatal crash is said to be unrelated. That hasn't stopped the Daily Mail using the headline "Tragic Roundabout".