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A Texas restaurant owner is selling his business so one of his waitresses can afford surgery on her brain tumour.

Members of 'bondage ring' charged with torture and murder of Marine's ex-wife after she reluctantly agreed to go on dinner date

Three members of an alleged bondage ring have appeared in court on charges of murder, kidnapping, torture, attempted sexual battery and conspiracy, following a woman's violent death after being convinced to go on a dinner cruise with her neighbour.

A replica Viking ship. The 'sunstone' could be one of the secrets behind the Vikings’ reputation as remarkable seafarers

Not just the stuff of legend: Famed Viking 'sunstone' did exist, believe scientists

For centuries, it has been a crystal of legend locked in the verses of Norse myth with little or no evidence that it was ever real. Now it seems scientists at last have grounds for believing that the Viking “sunstone” used to navigate the seas did indeed exist.

Alex Thomson celebrates third place in the Vendée Globe singlehanded round the world race. He saved enough for an early morning swig in Les Sables d’Olonne

Around the world in 80 days: Alex Thomson finishes third in gruelling Vendee Globe race

British sailor makes history after completing the 28,000-mile, three-month solo race

Yann M'Vila

QPR 'target' Yann M'Vila completes move to Rubin Kazan

Rubin Kazan have completed the signing of in-demand midfielder Yann M'Vila from Ligue 1 club Rennes.

A trio of Brits line up take on the French racing solo round the world, Mike Golding (Gamesa) left, Sam Davies (Savéol) centre, and Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss) right

Vendée Globe competitors will need luck to survive sailing's Everest

“As mayor of Les Sables d’Olonne in 1992, I wondered if I had made a decision which meant that I was sending people to their deaths.”

How the smell of freshly-baked bread makes us kinder to strangers

Its ability to sell a house has long been an old wives’ tale, now scientists believe the smell of freshly baked bread makes people kinder to strangers.

The Tour de France will start in Corsica

2013 Tour de France route unveiled, and mountainous route is not good news for defending champion Bradley Wiggins

While the sports world comes to terms with the Lance Armstrong doping scandal, Tour de France organisers unveiled a mountainous, prestigious route for the 100th edition of the world's greatest cycling race on today.

British team wins Royal Cup

Britain's Niklas Zennström's TP52 Rán came through to win the Royal Cup by just one point from the American team Quantum Racing, skippered by Ed Baird, in Palma de Mallorca.

Brit Zennström pulls through for Royal Cup victory

Britain's Niklas Zennström's TP52 Rán came through to win the Royal Cup by just one point from the American team Quantum Racing, skippered by Ed Baird, in Palma de Mallorca.

Wet and wild conditions mid-Atlantic for the MOD 70-foot trimarans competing in the Krys Ocean Challenge from New York to Brest

New class breaks 600-mile barrier

As a second of the new MOD 70-foot trimarans suffered damage to an underwater foil, the new leader of the Krys Ocean Race from New York to Brest, Yann Guichard’s Spindrift, rattled off 639.9 miles in 24 hours.

High winds batter Round the Island competitors as Yves le Blevec triumphs in trimaran Actual

Some classes were cancelled even before the start of the Round the Island (of Wight) Race today as forecasts of brisk south-westerlies brought the reality of over 25 knots and either challenging or exciting races for what had been 1,650 entries and over 10,000 competitors. Injuries were reported to a handful.

Huge hoard of Celtic coins found in field

A massive hoard of Celtic coins worth millions of pounds has been found on Jersey. The collection comprises 30,000 to 50,000 coins and is thought to have been buried to hide it from the advancing armies of Julius Caesar.

Massive Celtic coins hoard found on Jersey

A massive hoard of Celtic coins worth millions of pounds has been found on the island of Jersey.

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