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The music world is paying tribute to Chuck Berry -

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the guitarist and songwriter who, for many, invented rock and roll -

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The Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger said Berry had been an inspiration

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who had lit up his teenage years and blew life into the Stones'

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David Sillito looks back at his life.

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# Deep down in Louisiana close to New Orleans

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# Way back up in the woods among the evergreen

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# There stood a log cabin made of earth and wood

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# Where lived a country boy named Johnny B Goode...#

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# It's a jumpin' little record I want my jockey to play...#

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If any one person could claim to have invented rock'n'roll,

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# Maybellene, why can't you be true...#

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His formula - take rhythm and blues, mix it with country and add electric

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guitar, and sing about the stuff that teenagers care about.

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Half of the young people go to school.

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Half of the people have cars, I wrote about cars and mostly

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all the people, if they're not now, they'll soon be in love.

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Charles Berry was born in St Louis, Missouri.

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As a teenager, he spent time in prison for armed robbery,

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he married young, trained as a hairdresser

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It was Muddy Waters who suggested he record a song

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Of course, he was only one of many rock'n'roll pioneers.

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And another spell in prison, a conviction for immorality

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with a 14-year-old girl, halted his career.

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# Up in the mornin' and out to school #

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When he re-emerged, he discovered that his sound

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He was, though, something of a loner.

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He would often turn up and play with whoever was around.

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Sometimes, he wouldn't even hand out a set list.

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He knew everyone would know the songs.

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And he wasn't always easy to get on with,

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as his fan, Keith Richards, found out.

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I've been living for 60 years with it!

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But is it going to be here, after we're

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But, as John Lennon said, if you wanted to give rock'n'roll

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another name, you might call it Chuck Berry.

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Chuck Berry, who has died at the age of 90.

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The NHS is facing a "mission impossible" to meet the standards

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and targets required by the Government,

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that's according to the organisation which represents health

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For the first time, NHS providers says the money allocated

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for the next financial year beginning in April is not enough

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to meet growing patient demand and will make it difficult if not

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impossible to meet targets like A waiting times.

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It's been a winter of unprecedented strain on the NHS,

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with hospitals full - or close to it - and patient

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The Budget earlier this month included new funding for social care

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and investment in A units in England.

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NHS providers representing hospitals and other trusts said that may ease

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some of the pressure, but there'll still be a yawning gap

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in the resources needed just to keep services ticking over.

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This is the first time in recent NHS history that trusts are saying

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they cannot deliver the key accident and emergency and elective surgery

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That's before the year has even started.

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That's the first time ever that's actually happened.

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The warning comes after the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt,

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said hospitals in England should get back to the target of seeing

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or assessing 95% of patients in A within four hours.

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It's not going to be overnight, but it is essential.

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I am expecting the NHS to return to that target during the course

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But NHS providers say it's unprecedented to warn,

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even before the financial year begins, that, on current planned

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budgets, the A standard and others can't be met.

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The organisation says there will be big increases in the number

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of patients in England who lose out because key targets are missed,

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with 1.8 million waiting more than four hours in A and 100,000

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waiting more than 18 weeks for routine surgery.

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The Department of Health said the comments fail to acknowledge

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that the NHS has a strong plan to improve performance and that

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staff were working hard to treat thousands more people each year

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North Korea's state media says its military has tested a new

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The announcement came during a visit to China

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by the US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson.

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Mr Tillerson told China's president, Xi Jinping, that President Trump

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looks forward to enhancing understanding between

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A one-year-old boy has died and his twin sister

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is in a critical condition after they were found with serious

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Police, who were called to a flat in Finsbury Park,

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are trying to find out what happened.

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Victims of sexual assault and rape will no longer have to go

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through the ordeal of giving evidence in court under changes

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being brought forward by the Justice Secretary, Liz Truss.

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From September, the cross-examination of alleged victims

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will be pre-recorded and played to the jury.

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It follows a trial involving child victims who said the system made

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them feel less pressured and better able to recall events.

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The Liberal Democrat leader, Tim Farron, has accused Theresa May

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of pursuing nationalist and protectionist policies that

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will badly damage Britain when it leaves the EU.

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He's told his party's spring conference Mrs May's decision

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to seek a hard Brexit wasn't what people had voted

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If I were a business person, who had given money to today's

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Conservative Party, I would demand my money back.

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You were sold a free-market, international, pro-business party.

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What you got is protectionism, nationalism, economic vandalism.

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Stuart Flinders is in York where the conference is being held

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Tim Farron seeming to be positioning himself to be attractive as the Lib

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Dems to some Tory voters who are not happy with the way Theresa May was

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handling Brexit? That was the pitch for the business vote but he is

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appealing more widely to voters on the centre-left. The Lib Dems only

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have nine seats in parliament but they point to the fact that

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membership is higher now than it has been the 20 years and there was a

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surge in members during the time of the European referendum and the

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election of Donald Trump and they say that a significant. He painted a

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stark picture of change across the world today and he positioned the

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Conservatives under Theresa May as part of an emerging consensus on the

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political right characterised by nationalism, authoritarianism and

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protectionism. He compared Theresa May to Vladimir Putin and Donald

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Trump, and threw in the name of Marine Le Pen, the French National

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Front for good measure. The point is his party, in this country at least,

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has become the home in absence of effective opposition from Labour of

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the disillusioned. Thank you. The RAC is warning most drivers

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buying new cars will face increased Among the worst hit will be those

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purchasing greener, more environmentally-friendly hybrid

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vehicles - some of which will attract road tax -

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or vehicle excise duty, as it's now formally known -

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for the first time, as our business correspondent

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Joe Lynam explains. Car drivers were encouraged to go

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green by Gordon Brown in the early 2000s. He wanted us to drive cars

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with low carbon emissions in return for paying less road tax and in some

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cases nothing. But from next month that's about to change with road tax

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increasing for new, greener cars. Most cars bought from April the 1st

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will pay an initial charge depending on their emissions and then ?140

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after that every year. It means hybrid cars will have to pay ?130 in

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road tax, and cars costing ?40,000 or more will face an additional

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premium, but luckily new duties will have no effect on cars already on UK

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roads. Already we are hearing dealerships have been very busy in

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the build-up to this change, people are trying to get in there before

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they will be hit by the extra cost, but we are expecting afterwards

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there to be a lull, particularly hitting hybrid car sales. The

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Government says the new vehicle excise duty will be fair to

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motorists, good for the environment and improve air quality by

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encouraging the take-up of cleaner vehicles. This is a plug-in hybrid

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vehicle which means when it is running on its battery it doesn't

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emit any noxious gases at all but if you buy this vehicle from people you

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will be paying ?440 per year more than if you bought it today. Some

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people believe that will dis- incentivise people from buying green

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cars. You can see more on all of today's

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stories on the BBC News Channel. The next news on BBC

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One is at 5.30pm. Hello, it is fair to say it has been

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pretty mild across much of the country this weekend. We have had a

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lot of cloud and outbreaks of rain, it is looking pretty soggy through

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Central parts of the UK through this morning as it has been across parts

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