Sport New England Patriots running-back LaGarrette Blount scored a record four rushing touchdowns in the play-off victory over the Indianapolis Colts

Blount has been at the forefront of a Patriots side that has shifted their emphasis to a running game but they come up against the free-scoring Denver Broncos for a place in the season showcase

Fresh blow for banks over US totals

The banking sector suffered another blow today after two of the US's financial giants reported worse than expected profits.

Russian giant prepares golden strategy for FTSE 100 entry

Russia's biggest gold mining company Polyus, which will join the London Stock Exchange this month, is finalising a nine-year strategy to wow its new investors.

BoA to pay $8.5bn over toxic bonds

Bank of America, the US financial giant which acquired Countrywide, the nation's largest subprime mortgage lender, at the peak of the credit crunch, will pay $8.5bn (£5.2bn) in the biggest-ever settlement of claims over toxic mortgage bonds.

Zynga set to go public with a valuation of $20bn

The social gaming group behind FarmVille is expected to file to go public today as it becomes the latest technology sensation to hit the markets this year.

Business Diary: FSA boss forced to see the light

The Financial Services Authority is getting better at cracking down on white-collar crime, but its annual general meeting yesterday was an opportunity for people to turn the tables and ask it some searching questions for once. And whoever rigged the lighting for the bash clearly saw expected an interrogation – Adair Turner, the FSA's chairman, had to spend the whole meeting shading his eyes from the bright spotlight shining directly into his face.

Letter from the editor: The man from the Pru

In Seventies south London, a ring at the door on a Wednesday evening would induce panic in my poor Ma. “Quick, hide the wine!” she would hiss at pre-teen me, so the man from the Pru wouldn’t know we drank Chianti and think we were rich.

Restoring Rubens' Cain Slaying Abel

An epic campaign of restoration of Rubens' masterpiece is underway at the Courtauld Institute of Art. The Independent Online talks to the restorers and reveals the progress in pictures

Business Diary: Shorting row is behind Wace now

This week's gala dinner organised by Arpad Busson, which raises so much money for his fabulous children's charity ARK, is also a shining example of how people can be rehabilitated.

Walker vows to fight off bids as Iceland posts record results

Iceland foods posted record results yesterday, turning up the heat on its rivals which are shortly expected to kick off a multibillion pound battle for control of the supermarket chain.

The Week Ahead: Kingfisher set to enjoy bank holiday boost

The recent run of bank holidays, together with plenty of sunny weather, means Kingfisher's first-quarter results, due out on Thursday, should be encouraging.

The Business On...Eric Schneiderman, New York Attorney General

The Sheriff of Wall Street?

Barclays, RBS, Goldman sued over US mortgages

Barclays, Royal Bank of Scotland and Goldman Sachs are among the top banks being sued for $2.2bn (£1.3bn) by the trustee for Thornburg Mortgage Inc, the bankrupt US lender.

Stephen Foley: AIG makes a return to the legal fray

US Outlook: US taxpayers may yet get a little bit of the revenge they seek on Goldman Sachs, Bank of America and the other financial institutions that had to be bailed out when their brand of casino capitalism went haywire in 2008.

Stephen Foley: Please let's not pretend that averting the next Lehman will be easy

US Outlook: No crash. No bang. No wallop. If the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reforms, which became law last year, had been in place back in 2008, Lehman Brothers would either not have failed, or would have been wound down by regulators in an orderly fashion. The panic of September 2008 would never have been.

Business Diary: Judgement Day for Amazon

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