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London-based company focused on “cutting edge artificial intelligence" could supply the brains for Google's burgeoning robotics division

Casey Anthony to be freed next week after jail term for lying

Casey Anthony, acquitted of killing her two-year-old daughter earlier this week, will be released from prison next Wednesday after being sentenced in Florida on charges she lied to investigators.

Theme park baboon goes on the run

A baboon has been reported roaming the streets and gardens of a town in New Jersey.

British return to Euro Disney

Euro Disney is expected to announce an increase in British visitors next week, a sign that the theme park group has started on its trail back to profit.

Boy dies after falling from roller coaster

Authorities say a three-year-old boy has fallen out of a roller coaster and died at an amusement park in a Chicago suburb.

Swamplandia!, By Karen Russell

Russell's distinctive short-story debut St Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves kicked off with a series of Florida swampland-based stories. Now readers can sink their teeth into this eccentric and exuberant first novel about a failing alligator theme park and the family that run it.

Lapland con brothers jailed

Two brothers who conned thousands of customers into visiting what they claimed was a Lapland-style theme park were both jailed for 13 months today.

Ghostly surge sees theme park ride moved

A new ride at one of the country's biggest theme parks has been moved after fears that it had disturbed an ancient burial ground, prompting paranormal activity.

Universal joy as 'Potter World' bewitches public

Florida's popular Universal Studios theme park is celebrating vast success for its new Harry Potter attraction since it opened a few months ago.

Brothers accused of running rip-off festive theme park

Visitors flocking to a winter wonderland theme park billed as having huskies, polar bears, and snow-covered log cabins were shocked to find little more than fairy lights and a broken ice-rink, a court heard.

Kentucky creates a theme park of biblical proportions

And it will come to pass that on the third day of the fifth month of 2014, a mighty ark will appear on a hill not far from Interstate 75 so that the people of north-east Kentucky will not perish in a great storm and will reap great rewards of money and prosperity as the tourists there will multiply and buy many dolls in the likeness of Noah.

Losses narrow at Disneyland Paris

Euro Disney trimmed annual losses as visitors spent more this year, helping offset a decline in the number visiting its Disneyland Paris theme park.

Chile News in Brief: 16/10/2010

Bare essentials of life after ordeal

They have been offered money, holidays and football tickets. Could they want for anything more?

Parents mourn 16-month-old after theme park death

The parents of a young boy who died after being found unconscious at a theme park said today he gave them the "happiest 16 months of our lives".

Disneyland Paris falls well short of infinity

Even Buzz Lightyear and Woody will have trouble dragging the the French resort out of the red. Christian Sylt reports
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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there