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Apple's disappointing update this week sent shares in most of its suppliers tumbling, but smartphone parts maker Laird got City approval after its strategy update yesterday.

Mel Gibson booked on battery charge

Mel Gibson has been booked and released on a battery charge as part of the criminal case involving his former girlfriend.

Gibson avoids prison with plea deal

Mel Gibson used some lightning legal moves to abruptly end a domestic violence case involving a fight last year with his then-girlfriend.

Mind the gap: the business of recession

Having been in business for nearly 40 years, Graham Bultitude has seen no fewer than four recessions. Each has been different, of course. But there are nevertheless general conclusions to be drawn. “For a lot of small companies, recessions can be a good and a bad thing,” explains Bultitude, who started Bristol Batteries, selling mainly car batteries in 1972, just in time to be hit by the oil shock and resulting recession of the early 1970s.

Mel Gibson strikes deal in Oksana case

Mel Gibson will not go to jail over his January 2010 altercation with Oksana Grigorieva.

Djibouti, By Elmore Leonard

To say that Elmore "Dutch" Leonard is a legend in the crime-fiction genre might understate the case. When the American master arrived at London's Savoy Hotel a couple of years ago to collect a lifetime achievement award, an assemblage of his writing peers hovered around the man, resisting the urge to touch his sleeve or kiss his distinctly non-Papal ring. Such genuflection is probably appropriate – and certainly understandable.

Two-legged robots to run marathon

A technology company in Japan is organising the world's first marathon for robots.

Chris Stanmore-Major comes fourth in Velux 5 Oceans

British yachtsman Chris Stanmore-Major today sailed across the finish line of the second sprint of the VELUX 5 OCEANS ending an epic 39-day voyage from Cape Town, South Africa, to Wellington in New Zealand. With the sun still rising, the 33-year-old solo sailor from Cowes, Isle of Wight, crossed the finish line at 7.25am and sailed into Wellington Harbour on his Eco 60 Spartan

James Moore: Bumper boardroom pay is bad for business

Outlook Not all customers are the same, of course. There are customers and there are valued customers. Most corporate executives sit in the latter category. In fact, they're not just valued customers, they are super duper don't lose this guy or you'll lose your job customers. It's because they earn such spectacular amounts of money.

Five questions about... car breakdown cover

Car breakdowns will rise by almost a third during the winter, according to the AA, as the cold, wet and ice affect vehicles. If you don't have breakdown cover, now is the time to buy it.

Port Mortuary, By Patricia Cornwell

Queen of thrills still cuts deep

Fifth man questioned over farmer's murder

A fifth man was being questioned today over the murder of a farmer believed to have been killed in a botched robbery, police said.

Fourth arrest over farmer's death

Detectives investigating the murder of a farmer believed to have died in a botched robbery made a fourth arrest today.

Man bailed over Sussex farm murder

A man arrested over the murder of a farmer believed to have died in a botched robbery has been released on bail, police said today.

Police question man over farmer's murder

A man was being questioned by police today on suspicion of murdering a farmer believed to have died in a botched robbery.

My Edinburgh: Chris Addison

Ah, Edinburgh. It's five years since I last did a one-man show there, but this is my eighth one.

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