News Robert Vick before he decided to brave the cold

The freezing temperatures in the United States have caused an escaped inmate to turn himself back in.

Bleasdale swift to raise the bar but keeps her feet on ground

Holly Bleasdale has come a long way in a short space of time. Yesterday lunchtime she was sitting alongside Christine Ohuruogu as one of the star attractions at the press conference for the Aviva World Trials and National Championships, which open at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham this evening.

Policeman brands child cruelty pair 'beastly'

A couple said to have swapped the identity of their dead baby daughter to her twin sister in a bid to conceal a catalogue of injuries they caused have been found guilty of child cruelty.

Blackburn cancel pre-season India tour

Blackburn have postponed their pre-season friendly in India this week in the wake of recent terrorist bombings in the country.

Jack Straw attacks injury claims 'racket'

Former justice secretary Jack Straw has launched a crusade against insurance companies which sell customers' details to no win, no fee claim firms.

The American Crucible: Slavery, Emancipation and Human Rights, By Robin Blackburn

If the thousands of historians who have written about Atlantic slavery and its abolition, only a handful have ever given us a really original perspective on that vast subject. Even fewer have proposed a satisfying, or stimulating, general theory about it, an attempt at explaining the rise, fall and enduring consequences of the entire New World slave system across the centuries and continents. Robin Blackburn is prominent – even pre-eminent – among those few. He has tackled the task in a formidable body of work beginning in the late 1980s; but in a rather idiosyncratic way.

Stephen Hunt reflects on 'most stressful day'

Stephen Hunt scored the goal which guaranteed Wolves' Barclays Premier League safety and then admitted: "That was the most stressful day of my career."

The greatest relegation escapes

As we head into the final day of the Premier League season, five teams remain under threat from relegation.

Tests on immigrants 'miss most TB'

Screening procedures for tuberculosis in immigrants in the UK are missing the majority of cases, new research has revealed.

Disabled charity that helped Cameron's son loses out in cuts

David Cameron's commitment to protecting disabled services in the UK has been criticised after a charity of which he is a patron had its funding cut by £250,000. The Kids charity helped the Prime Minister look after his son but has had its support reduced as a result of local government funding cuts.

Headteacher accused as staff strike over poor pupil behaviour

Teachers claim to have been physically threatened by pupils and are concerned at the passing of pornographic images

Sporting insults that offended the masses

A Labour politician has found himself at the centre of controversy after brandishing Blackpool fans as 'Donkey botherers'.

Brit Insurance Design Awards shortlist goes on show

The past 12 months have seen some exciting design developments and the Brit Insurance Design Awards shortlist aims to celebrate this fact.

Aberdeen fail in bid for Blackburn midfielder

Aberdeen have been foiled in their attempts to sign Blackburn midfielder Jason Lowe.

Nurse who hit patient can carry on working

A nurse who hit a vulnerable patient weeks before his death has been cleared to carry on working after a tribunal found she was simply trying to illustrate why his behaviour was inappropriate.

Minister says councils must use initiative to empty bins

As householders across the country face the new year surrounded by the detritus of the last, the Government has urged councils to show more initiative in dealing with refuse collections.

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MacGyver returns, but with a difference: Handyman hero of classic 1980s TV series to be recast as a woman

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Some said the game's eternal rebel was washed up. As ever, he proved he writes the scripts by producing a blistering World Cup innings
In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare and murky loyalties prevails

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This war in the shadows has been going on since the fall of Mr Yanukovych
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Broadchurch ends as damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

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