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Now Walmart sells the American way of death

From 'Dad Remembered' to 'American Patriot', coffins now available online

Google launches music search with Lala and iLike

Google yesterday partnered with web services Lala and MySpace's iLike to give music fans an easier way to find, sample and buy songs on the Internet, expanding its music industry footprint.

How to get ahead in hip-hop

50 Cent's new book is a guide to making millions from music. And UK rappers are learning fast, says Matilda Egere-Cooper

'Paranormal Activity': Hollywood's demonic saviour

Shot on a camcorder, on a budget of £9,000, the film is sweeping through the US

Citi sells Phibro and ends bonus furore

The US banking giant Citigroup has sold Phibro, its oil trading business, in a deal that helps the group to avoid potential sticky questions over a $100m (£63m) bonus paid to star trader Andrew Hall.

Triesman denies World Cup bid is 'lightweight'

The grandees of England's World Cup 2018 bid were forced into a hurried defence of their campaign yesterday after coming under attack from two influential figures.

Now Aer Lingus plans to cut 676 jobs

Aer Lingus today announced plans to make 676 job cuts as part of a bid to save almost 100 million euro (£92 million).

James Lawton: Echoes of dark days at Portsmouth that once tried patience of a Saint

If you have been especially sceptical this week about quite how far football has travelled to its age of super riches you might well be connected, professionally or emotionally, to Portsmouth Football Club.

Bling doesn't mean a thing: A new play puts hip-hop and its image problems centre stage

Jonzi D has had enough. As one of the pioneers of hip-hop in the UK, he can fondly remember when the genre was more sincere in its artistry, reflecting the core elements of DJing, rapping, breakdancing and graffiti art.

Corporate conscience: Sustainability is a huge challenge for business

With climate change arguably one of the biggest threats to mankind, businesses need to gear up to what is likely to be their biggest business-transformation challenge ever and put sustainability on the executive agenda. But with a challenge like this, it can be difficult to know where to start.

Cadbury attacks Kraft over takeover bid

Cadbury has issued a stinging riposte to US food giant Kraft in an open letter slamming its unsolicited takeover bid, it emerged today.

Rhoda Koenig: A car boot sale to fix Britain's finances

Schwarzenegger's auction has raised millions for his cash-strapped state

Nisa-Today's rejects new Bibby offer

Nisa-Today's rejected a second takeover attempt by the majority shareholder behind the Costcutter convenience store chain yesterday.

Stagecoach revenue growth slows

Stagecoach’s revenue growth is slowing as recession continues to take its toll on the transportation sector, the company said yesterday.

Discount fashion: Taking it to the Maxx

The company behind TK Maxx in Europe is embarking on a massive expansion. James Thompson reports
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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
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
La Famille Bélier is being touted as this year's Amelie - so why are many in the deaf community outraged by it?

Deaf community outraged by La Famille Bélier

The new film tells the story of a deaf-mute farming family and is being touted as this year's Amelie
10 best high-end laptops

10 best high-end laptops

From lightweight and zippy devices to gaming beasts, we test the latest in top-spec portable computers