A Coast Guard official told a local TV station that 28 people were believed to have been aboard the Black Elk rig

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New Archbishop of Canterbury to retain banking inquiry role

The new Archbishop of Canterbury will continue to apply the expertise he has acquired from his two careers to the overhaul of banking standards, it was confirmed today.

Deals for theatre from companies such Groupon and KGB should be carefully calculated

If you're looking for Christmas deals, read the small print

Websites offering cheap group buying, cashback and other offers should not be taken at face value

Germany’s business managers are among the most highly educated in the world, yet the MBA has been slow to gain popularity in the country

Germany: The MBA powerhouse of Europe

Business schools in Germany are climbing up the international rankings fast

Seemingly endless German demands scuppered deal to secure British jobs

The German government proved the insurmountable obstacle to the mega-merger. EADS advisers said yesterday that every time a concession was made to the Germans, such as agreeing for them to hold parity with any stake France held in the combined business, there would suddenly be a new demand.

FTSE 100 company Pearson becomes first to offer its own degrees

A leading business publisher is to become the first FTSE 100 company to award its own degrees.

There are many in Jamaica who say its most revered athlete remains Dr Arthur Wint MBE - Jamaica's first Olympic gold medallist

Hubbard's Cupboard: Wint would give Jamaica's sprint king a run for his money

You may think Usain Bolt is the best thing to come out of Jamaica since rum and reggae, but there are many in his homeland who say its most revered athlete remains Dr Arthur Wint MBE.

Penguin pain from Fifty Shades of Grey

Record sales of Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James have inflicted spectacular pain at rival book publisher Penguin.

Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw opposes radical reform

The Ofsted chief inspector is against radical reforms that would see less able pupils sit simpler qualifications or take papers later on, it was reported today.

Digg’s founder, Kevin Rose (right) sales his social-news site after it was overtaken by rival Reddit

Trending: How Digg's popularity was dug up by Reddit

The 13th most-popular story on Reddit on Friday lunchtime concerned the sale of its rival "social-news" site, Digg, for a reported $500,000 (£324,000), to the tech-development firm Betaworks.

Adele was named songwriter of the year and said she had her critics to thank

Adele among under-30s top earners

Someone Like You star Adele has made it into another exclusive chart - a top 10 of the highest-paid celebrities under the age of 30.

Spin sheds light on mining industry in Congo

The cosy world of the natural resources industry in the Democratic Republic of Congo was hinted at yesterday as it emerged that a spin doctor for Dan Gertler, a major investor in the industry, had a hand in delivering a communication about an apparent U-turn by the government that benefited his client.

Tom Cruise tops the Forbes list, earning $75m in the past year

Let the divorce row begin... Tom Cruise tops Hollywood's rich list with $75m

His marriage is over, his 50th birthday party cancelled, but there's still some good news for Tom

Peter David: Long-serving writer on 'The Economist'

Few who have worked for The Economist can match the 28 years that Peter David gave so outstandingly to that magazine – and fewer still could match the range of his interests or the breadth of what he wrote about.

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