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Miss California disowned over anti-gay marriage stance

The mayor of Beverly Hills is outraged over a Miss USA contestant who spoke out against same-sex marriage and said she represented the city in the pageant.

Madeleine McCann's parents 'more determined' after US kidnap reunion

The parents of missing Madeleine McCann said today that the reappearance of child kidnap victim Jaycee Lee Dugard 18 years after she disappeared "only makes us more determined" to find their daughter.

Bottle Shock (12A)

To wine buffs the 1976 blind-tasting of the old-world French and the brash new Californians as organised by the Academie du Vin's Steven Spurrier is a landmark.

Five Best: Hotels for a girls' night in

Soo-Li Yong and Sophie Lam choose the best places for a weekend of pampering

Isabella, She-Wolf of France, Queen of England, by Alison Weir

Life and (alleged) crimes of a stylish superwoman

The Gamblers, by John Pearson

What on earth was 'Lucky' about Lucan?

Five Best: Hotels for high tea

Rhiannon Batten finds the chicest spots for the hottest drink of the season

Siegfried, English National Opera, Coliseum, London

Six-pack superhero stars in a rousing adaptation of Wagner

Gala Concert, Cheltenham International Festival of Music, Cheltenham

This year's Cheltenham Festival opened amid a riot of anniversaries. It's the 60th festival, Michael Berkeley's 10th (and last) as director, Birtwistle's 70th birthday, Holst's 130th, and so on and so forth. All this can get a little wearing and arithmetical - for instance, totting up the English composers who were born or died in 1934, or charting the 60 new works in the 71 events over 17 days (that's 4.176 events and 3.53 premieres a day). But luckily, a concert is still a concert, even when it takes place on the 4 July without an American work in sight.

Berkeley to return £1.4bn after rejecting buyouts

Tony Pidgley, the managing director of Berkeley Group, the residential property developer, will earn £24m from his personal stake in the company after its decision to hand back cash to shareholders.

The Rev Bill O'Donnell

Radical priest dedicated to social justice

Berkeley begins boardroom shake-up

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