News Alex Salmond said his government believed that independence would lead to a new industrial strategy

An independent Scotland's ability to use tax powers, including a cut in corporation tax , would lead to a "jobs boom" and end Westminster's "one size fits all" economics policies, Scotland's First Minister has claimed.

Edwyn Collins: The pop star who answered the call of nature

After a serious illness in 2005, post-punk pioneer Edwyn Collins found solace – and therapy – in drawing.

SPL bullish over new structure

Scottish football faces major changes with an SPL statement released yesterday announcing that there was "broad support" for restructuring proposals.

Scotland rail network crippled by weather

Scotland's rail network was crippled by snow and freezing temperatures today.

260 more jobs lost at Rok

A further 260 redundancies at building services firm Rok were announced by administrators today after a deal to save part of the business collapsed.

'Sheridan stayed at affair claim woman's house', court is told

Tommy Sheridan visited the home of a woman who claims to have had an affair with him, a court was told today.

Peter Tobin drops Vicky Hamilton murder appeal

Serial killer Peter Tobin has dropped his appeal against his life sentence for murdering schoolgirl Vicky Hamilton, it was confirmed today.

Dundee enter administration

A number of players and staff at Dundee are expected to lose their jobs in the next 24 hours after the club were officially put into administration today.

Leading article: New build

For architecture in Scotland, this has been a mixed week. On Monday a van managed to demolish a 16th-century stone gate at Scone Palace in Perthshire. But there was better news yesterday when the V&A Museum unveiled six impressive potential designs for a new cultural outpost on Dundee's waterfront, to be opened in 2014. One door gets knocked down, another opens, it seems. The new museum is projected to provide a large boost to the local Dundee economy.

Rescuers lose battle to save diver

A diver died on a beach in front of a coastguard station despite desperate efforts to save her, it emerged today.

Second cloned cow offspring used in food chain

Meat from a second offspring of a cloned cow has entered the food chain, the Food Standards Agency said tonight.

Brian Cox: 'If they pay me a lot of money, I'll do the film, and if they don't, I won't'

Brian Cox is both Hollywood's favourite rent-a-baddie and a titan of the stage. Pretty good for a man who considers himself 'little me from Dundee'

Three to face court over festival violence

Three people were charged following an incident at the T in the Park music festival which left two men seriously hurt.

Inquiry into C.diff outbreak to begin

The first phase of an inquiry into a hospital bug outbreak which claimed 18 lives will get under way today.

Murdered schoolgirl's father fighting for life

The father of a schoolgirl murdered by serial killer Peter Tobin was fighting for his life today after suffering a suspected heart attack.

Elderly tourists hurt as coach overturns

Thirteen holidaymakers were injured today when their coach overturned.

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