Voices Ice forms on the shore of the East River due to unusually low temperatures caused by a polar vortex in New York

All 50 US states are below freezing as the polar vortex sworls around North America, shattering temperature records and causing a collective shudder across the continent.

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Fill your tank with the fuels from Formula 1

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Letter: Leukaemia children

Sir: The Leukaemia Research Fund has been greatly saddened to learn of the death of Georgina Horlick. Despite all the pressures on her time, Georgina's mother, Nicola, has given selfless and invaluable support to the fundraising efforts of the Leukaemia Research Fund.

Brothers wait on leukaemia test

Brothers wait on leukaemia test

Letter: A pest to whom exactly?

GEOFFREY LEAN calls the badger "a positive menace" ("Watch out, Mr Badger", 23 August). But it is not a pest species. It is not in competition with agriculture. And the theory concerning a connection with TB is thrown into increasing doubt by results of the culling programme. The presence of the badger indicates that we have not yet crossed the Rubicon, that there is still British countryside outside of the scientised, sanitised, production process. Anyone who sees a badger in the wild can feel only honoured; many older country people have never seen one. Established sets often have a history in an area not of decades but of centuries. These creatures have a right to remain unmolested.

Ailing Jordan carries Bulls

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Little relief in lift convictions

Little relief in lift convictions

SIGNIFICANT SHORTS : SIGNIFICANT SHORTS : HIV virus bite transmit

The first documented case of the HIV virus being transmitted by a human bite is reported today in the Lancet. It involved a Slovenian man who was accidentally bitten by a neighbour who had Aids. The man went to help the Aids patient, who was having a fit, and to help him breathe, stuck his fingers in his neighbour's mouth.

Test failures

Tests on Dancing Dove, second to Chadwick's Ginger at Carlisle on 6 October, and High Five, tailed-off behind Unchanged at Folkestone on 7 September, have proved positive to prohibited substances.
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