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Northern areas will be cloudy with rain or drizzle for much of the night, but this should slowly clear by dawn.
In the south, there'll be isolated showers and bright spells during the evening, but it may cloud over with patchy rain or drizzle tonight.
A writer from Stockport has been named on the longlist for the 2016 Man Booker prize.Copyright: Wyl Menmuir
Wyl Menmuir, a graduate of Manchester Metropolitan University, is one of four debut novelists to be named in the list of 13 authors.
He has written a novel about a man who buys a house in an isolated village, billed as an "unsettling tale exploring the impact of loss".
Also in the running is double Man Booker winner J M Coetzee. He could become the first author to win the prize three times having previously won in 1983 and 1999.
Cheshire Political Reporter, BBC News
Seventy five jobs are going to be created at Cheshire's Alderley Park pharmaceutical hub, as part of a global effort to stop some drugs becoming useless.
The former AstraZeneca site will be one of five locations worldwide taking part in an initiative announced by Barack Obama to develop new types of antibiotics.
It’s part of a push to deal with a growing number of infections which are resistant to the drugs.
Seymour Grove in Trafford is closed in both directions between Ayres Road and Welney Road junction because of an accident.
The driver of a car at the centre of a dramatic police chase in Salford was arrested on suspicion of offences including robbery and serious assault.Copyright: Richard Rogerson
Four people were arrested after officers followed an Audi from Burnage, South Manchester, through to Salford Crescent train station earlier.
Police said the driver and passengers fled from the car on to the rail tracks before they were apprehended.
The three other men were held on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle, Greater Manchester Police said.
Samir Nasri has not played in pre-season for Manchester City because he is carrying "a bit of weight", says boss Pep Guardiola.Copyright: Rex Features
The Patients Association has said the closure of a ward and staff cuts at Stepping Hill Hospital is the "thin end of the wedge".Copyright: Google
Chief executive Katherine Murphy said it was "very worrying for both patients and staff".
She said patients will be concerned about where they will have to go for treatment and it may mean some patients struggle to access services.
She said: “Whilst we share the greatest sympathy for the hard working and dedicated staff who will lose their jobs, we also have to think of the consequences for patients.
"Why should patients and staff pay the price for huge NHS wastage over the years and government cuts?”
Oldham have completed the signing of former Rotherham United and Doncaster Rovers midfielder Paul Green on a one-year deal.Copyright: Rex Features
Green, 33, played more than 250 times for Doncaster and helped them to three promotions from the Conference to the Championship between 2002 and 2008.
After seven years with Doncaster, Green moved to Derby in 2008 and has also had spells with Leeds and Ipswich Town.
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Pep Guardiola gets his first win as Manchester City manager as his side beat Borussia Dortmund 6-5 on penalties after a 1-1 draw.Copyright: Reuters
City goalkeeper Angus Gunn, 20, saved from Mikel Morino to ensure a 6-5 victory on spot-kicks after a 1-1 draw in Shenzhen's Longgang Stadium.
Dortmund's Christian Pulisic, 17, had equalised in stoppage time to cancel out Sergio Aguero's opener.
It was City's first match in China, after rain cause Monday's game against Manchester United to be called off.
Cheshire Political Reporter, BBC News
A new independent school campus will be built on green belt land in Cheshire, despite claims it will "destroy" the countryside.Copyright: Google
Macclesfield's King's School said plans to consolidate its two sites on land on Alderley Road, Prestbury, was "the only way to secure [its] long term future".
But campaign group Prestbury Amenity Society has said the plans would "lead to the destruction of our countryside".
A broken down vehicle is causing severe delays on the M60, with one lane blocked and traffic moving slowly, travelling anticlockwise between junction 15 and 14.
Congestion is backing up as far as junction 18.
- A ward is to close and the equivalent of 350 full-time jobs to go at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport in a bid to reduce a £40m deficit
- A former nurse at the same hospital who murdered two patients and poisoned 20 others, loses a challenge against his sentence
- A murder investigation is launched after a man is fatally attacked in Ashton-under-Lyne
Three hundred more houses in Salford are to be flattened as a £650m project to transform Pendleton enters its final stage.
Almost 600 properties have already been bulldozed in the area near Salford Shopping Centre over recent years, as part of plans to build 1,600 new homes and refurbish another 1,250.
A hospital nurse who murdered two patients and poisoned others has failed in a bid to challenge his conviction and sentence.Copyright: PA
Victorino Chua was jailed for life with a minimum term of 35 years in May last year after being convicted by a jury at Manchester Crown Court.
His applications for permission to appeal against both conviction and sentence were rejected on by judges at the Court of Appeal in London.
Four people have been arrested after a car "rammed" police vehicles during a pursuit.
It started in Burnage, south Manchester, where the vehicle made off "at speed" and ended at Salford Crescent train station, around seven miles away.
The driver fled the vehicle and made his way on to live railway tracks, police said.
The rain should ease this afternoon but will persist in northern areas with possibly thundery showers later.
However, drier and brighter conditions are likely to develop in the south.
Plans to redevelop Manchester's "toast rack" building into accommodation are set to be approved later.Copyright: Anthony Parkes
The modernist Grade II listed building, off Oxford Road in Fallowfield, was completed in 1960 and once housed classrooms for students at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Under the proposals the classrooms will be turned into flats and an 11-storey apartment block built next door.