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Scotland's papers: Second referendum and winter disability link

The Herald says that children conceived during the winter months are more likely to suffer from learning disabilities, according to Scottish research.

Nicola Sturgeon has warned the UK is no longer a "safe harbour" for Scotland and has stepped up her push for a second independence referendum following the Brexit vote, reports The Scotsman.

The Scottish Daily Express says Ms Sturgeon has "ramped up the threat of independence" as she revealed she will spell out plans for another referendum within two weeks.

Meanwhile, The National says that the first minister has said the "silence from Downing Street" over a post-Brexit economy is becoming "increasingly negligent" as she confirmed that a second independence referendum remains "highly likely".

One of Britain's biggest rail companies has accused Jeremy Corbyn of dishonesty after the UK Labour leader claimed a train journey was so "ram-packed" that he was forced to sit on the floor, writes The Times.

On the same story, the Scottish Daily Mail says that an "extraordinary row" has broken out after Virgin Trains flatly denied claims by Mr Corbyn that he was forced to sit on the floor - and released video footage to prove it.

The Daily Record prints a photograph of convicted drugs mule Melissa Reid and says she has "bagged a new man" - just weeks after she was freed from jail in Peru.

A Scottish soldier died from a gunshot to the head during a firearms drill, writes The Scottish Sun. The paper says the Black Watch member was killed by a live round at an Army training camp in Otterburn, Northumberland.

The Press and Journal leads with an interview with the man who tried in vain to rescue Lucas Walker after the young boy fell into the sea in Aberdeen. Graham Keith has said he will "never forget" the tragic incident.

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