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In the papers today - Wednesday 17 January

A huge winter storm has claimed the lives of 42 people and left half a million without electricity. 'This is a big one, affecting all the way from New Mexico to Maine,' Dennis Feltgen, a spokesperson for the National Weather Service, said. - The Times
Senior BAE executives were named yesterday as corruption suspects in a leaked document from the Serious Fraud Office, which has been conducting a long investigation into the firm's international arms deals - The GuardianTalks between British Airways and its largest union were adjourned last night as the airline sought to avoid a strike by cabin crew over sick leave rules. BA said in a statement that talks would continue this afternoon in 'a bid to find a peaceful outcome that will protect the travel plans of our customers - The Guardian Venice is to get a new bridge, its first in more that 70 years. This week the first piles were sunk on the bank of the Grand Canal by the railway station for IL ponte di Calatrava, which should be ready to bear its first cargo of tourists across to the buses and parks of Piazzle Roma by the summer. The prefabricated sections were towed up the canal over the past to summers and are now bolted in place - The Independent The family of Ken Bigley spoke of their hopes that his killer could soon face justice after an alleged al-Qaeda militant was questioned about his murder. The British engineer was taken hostage in Baghdad, where he was working, in September 2004 and beheaded two weeks later. His body remains undiscovered - The Times

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