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.

Man bailed after fatal dog attack

A man arrested in connection with the death of a woman mauled by a dog at her home was released on bail today.

Dog owner held after woman mauled to death

The man believed to be the owner of the dog which mauled to death a woman at her home was arrested tonight.

Lottery hunt for 'secret millionaires'

The National Lottery has urged players to check their tickets in case they are one of four missing millionaire winners.

Muslim school helps out secular neighbour

On the face of it the two schools have nothing in common apart from the city they share.

Leading article: An example of how faith can work

The stereotypical Muslim school is an institution that isolates itself from the wider community; an establishment that places more emphasis on religious observance than educational attainment. As we report today, the Tauheedul Islam Girls' School in Blackburn confounds that stereotype. Tauheedul began as an independent faith school and entered the state system in 2006. It has the second-best performance of any non-selective school in the country at GCSE level. And now the local council has asked Tauheedul's management to help turn around another struggling state school in the area – a task the school's head, Hamid Patel, is relishing.

Tony Blackburn: A man unfazed by his own naffness

The veteran pop-picker returned to a regular slot on BBC national radio yesterday after almost 30 years. Matthew Bell meets Tony Blackburn

New Blackburn owner might sell Ewood rights

Blackburn's prospective new owners will consider selling naming rights to Ewood Park to raise funds. Indian poultry giant Venky's are expected to complete a deal to take over the Lancashire club in the next month.

Blackburn sign French midfielder Goulon

Blackburn have completed the signing of French midfielder Herold Goulon on an initial two-year contract.

Catholic primary school set to convert to Islamic faith

A Roman Catholic primary school in the heart of an Asian community in Lancashire looks set to become the first in the country to convert to an Islamic faith school.

Tony Blackburn back on BBC radio

Veteran DJ Tony Blackburn is to return to BBC chart countdowns - nearly three decades after leaving Radio 1's chart show, it was announced today.

Surge in car crash scams

The number of "crash for cash" scams where drivers stage accidents to claim on insurance is increasing around the country, figures showed today.

Indian tycoon targets Rovers takeover

A wealthy Indian businessman has emerged as a possible buyer for Blackburn.

Four guilty of bungled 'honour killings'

Four men were convicted today of murdering a couple in a bungled honour killing arson attack.

Couple killed 'by arsonists who got wrong house'

An innocent couple perished in a house fire when four arsonists got the wrong address in a botched honour killing, a court heard. Abdullah Mohammed, 41, and his wife, Aysha, 39, died after an accelerant was poured in their letterbox and set alight.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee