Berkshire hathaway has waded into the takeover battle for Transatlantic Holdings, tabling a $3.2bn bid for the reinsurer.

Album: Viva Brother, Famous First Words (Geffen)

At the start of 2011, Berkshire chancers Brother launched themselves at the knuckledragger market temporarily vacated by the Gallaghers, declaring themselves "the future of music".

Man missing after river rescue bid

A man is missing today after he got into difficulties when he went into a river to rescue his teenage daughter, according to police.

Equestrianism: Fletcher wins on Promised Land

Tina Fletcher achieved a lifelong ambition yesterday by ending Hickstead's 38-year wait for a female winner of the Derby.

Firefighters battle to control blazes

Heathland fires were still raging across parts of the Scottish Highlands, Ireland and England yesterday after an extended dry spell.

Video: Kate Middleton bus tour launches

A new bus tour around Kate Middleton's home in Royal Berkshire has been launched, taking in sights of her former schools and local church.

Lib Dems suffer by-election slump in Berkshire

The Liberal Democrats slumped in the first council by-election of the year.

Four quizzed after man dies of stomach wound

Four men were being held on suspicion of murder today after a young man was fatally wounded at his home.

7/7 bodies retrieval delayed by problems

A policeman in charge of the 7/7 blast site at Edgware Road today outlined a series of problems that delayed the retrieval of bodies.

Trident warhead workers protest over pay

Workers at the company that provides the warheads for Trident, the country's nuclear deterrent, will stage a protest tomorrow in a row over pay.

Nuclear warhead workers take industrial action

Workers at the company that provides the warheads for Trident, the country's nuclear deterrent, are to take industrial action in a row over pay, it was announced today.

The Iron Duke, by Bobby Windsor

Few people enjoyed playing against Bobby Windsor. The pre-eminent Pontypool, Wales and Lions hooker of the 1970s was not only technically very skilful, but also equally adept at booting or punching opponents when the referee wasn't looking, and sometimes when he was.

Mother wins NHS gastric band case

A sixteen-stone woman denied gastric band treatment on the NHS has used a judicial review to reverse the decision.

Crossrail delayed to save £1bn

The main London section of the proposed Crossrail Berkshire-to-Essex infrastructure link could be delayed by a year to shave £1bn off the project's price tag.

Fire hits Trident warhead base in Berkshire

Homes were evacuated after a fire broke out at the atomic weapons base which maintains warheads for Trident, the country's nuclear deterrent.

Raoul Moat victim's family blame police

The family of Raoul Moat's murder victim today blamed police for not warning him that his life was in danger.


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