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Group ‘good at bidding but not  at delivery’ says PAC chairman Margaret Hodge

Couple in chemical suicide pact named

Police investigating the deaths of a man and a woman in an apparent chemical suicide pact named them today.

Suicide pact couple left toxic warning signs on car

A man and a woman found dead in a car in an apparent suicide pact left signs on the vehicle warning of toxic chemicals inside.

Cycling: Albasini in lead as Tour of Britain hits London

The gradient took its toll in the Tour of Britain yesterday as the Vacansoleil team took their second stage win. Borut Bozic sprinted to victory on East Hill in Colchester, and only the New Zealander Greg Henderson could stay with the impressive Slovenian as they hit the line.

Teenager and father died of stab wounds

A troubled teenager and her father found fatally injured at their home both died after suffering stab wounds, detectives said today.

Friends tell of dead girl's relationship with father

Friends of a teenage girl who died after being found in a house with her fatally injured father said today she had been "sorting her life out" after a "tough few months".

John Rentoul: Is this Braintree's next MP?

Tory Bear makes fun of a precocious press release from a 16- (or possibly 17-) year-old, Stephen Canning, who intends to be the next MP for Braintree and later prime minister.

Why pulling pints is for business whizz-kids

Greene King is seeking graduates to run their pubs in the third year of training

Total pleads guilty over Buncefield oil depot blast

Oil giant Total UK today admitted health and safety breaches in connection with the massive Buncefield oil depot explosion.

Postal strikes hit 44 depots

Postal strikes will hit large areas of London and southern England this week. Postal workers will stage one-day strikes at 44 depots across south-west London, Essex and Bristol today, with further strikes expected later.

Missing girl, 13, found with man

A 13-year-old girl from Devon who went missing with a man she met over the internet has been found.

Police appeal to man missing with internet girl, 13

Police today appealed to a man believed to be with a missing 13-year-old girl he met on the internet to let them know she is safe.

Council salaries hit by bank collapses

Treasury urged to defer £1bn business-tax demand as this month's payroll for hundreds of thousands of workers is frozen in Icelandic accounts

On The Road: Nobody drives for fun, so how are we managing to cut back our car use?

It is official. We are all mad as hell and not going to take it anymore. Or, at least, a little put out and not going to take the Astra to Bluewater 'just to have a scratch around and maybe get a new bath mat'.

Second runway at Stansted 'would put unbearable strain on services'

Plans to double the size of the UK's third busiest airport are to face opposition from six local authorities representing 3.2 million people.

Spackman unveiled as the new manager of Millwall

Nigel Spackman has been appointed the new manager of Millwall.

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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas