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Officials from the Home Office have said more items were confiscated in the year up to April 2013 than in any other year

Grey whale off the endangered list

The California grey whale, whose population has more than doubled to about 21,000 since the 1930s, came off the US endangered- species list, the first time a marine creature has recovered strongly enough to be removed, AP reports from Washington.

View from City Road: The conglomerate is an endangered species

For anyone schooled in the soaraway Eighties, the stock market is developing some curious reactions. Hanson is rumoured to be considering a big US acquisition, but its share price falls. Williams Holdings is selling off chunks of its business to concentrate on its core activities, yet in the glory days there were no cores - just badly run target businesses and good managers. So is the conglomerate now officially dead?

DANCE / Awful by design

THERE IS a clever conceit in The Kosh's Endangered Species that places it beyond censure. It is that the performers can get away with being not very good if they are not meant to be very good. Johnny Hutch was part of a struggling music hall double act during the Thirties and Forties, and it is his life that inspired the dance-drama group's 10th anniversary tour. Now 70, he wrote the story and directed Sian Williams as The Woman and Mark Hopkins as The Man, lending a ring of authenticity.

View from City Road: Sid becomes an endangered species

THE NUMBER of shareholders is likely to halve from the peak of 12.75 million within the next three to five years. That is the forecast of Michael Baker, chief executive of the Association of Private Client Brokers. Geoffrey Maddrell, of Proshare, agrees.
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