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Willie Mitchell told his victim 'I'm gonna show you' before shooting her vehicle

Tobacco can be harmful to journalism's health

The scrapping of a news report critical of a cigarette manufacturer raises questions about the power wielded by giant US corporations, says Edward Helmore

Where there's smoke there's pressure

VIEW FROM NEW YORK: Fear of the tobacco industry has led the mighty CBS network to censor itself

Submission of a suitor

TED TURNER is best known in the UK for two things: owning cable news channel CNN, and marrying Jane Fonda. Mr Turner has done a fair bit of wooing in his private life - Ms Fonda is his third wife - but even more in his business life. He has been trying to buy a television network in the US for 10 years but has always been frustrated. On Thursday, he appeared to have finally given up, when Time Warner proposed to take control his company, Turner Broadcasting System, for $10bn (pounds 6.4bn) - but only after years of frantic and convoluted wooing with almost everybody who counts in the media business.

Murdoch joins Turner talks

Media: alliances and challenges in satellite and cable TV

Gates confirms talks on $2bn Turner alliance

MATHEW HORSMAN

Tyson triggers financial fireworks

Ken Jones reports from Las Vegas on the former world heavyweight champion's return

Westinghouse 'to bid for CBS'

Wall Street's attention switched yesterday to the next major takeover expected to revolutionise the American entertainment industry.

$5bn bid for CBS imminent

A $5bn bid for the US broadcaster CBS by Westinghouse Electric could emerge as early as mid-week. "Meetings are scheduled for early in the week - possibly even Monday - and further substantial reports of a deal or formal offer should not be expected until the middle of the week", a source told Reuters over the weekend.

A $5bn bid that has Wall Street worried

Westinghouse's interest in CBS has left analysts cold. Michael Marray reports

Shareholders add to CBS troubles

The troubles at CBS are intensifying, as a protest by one of the US network's biggest shareholders coincided last week with a highly publicised shake-up on its flagship news programme and the unveiling of an autumn schedule which was widely seen as a panic attempt to win back defecting viewers.

Double-anchor act all at sea

Nothing of particular note was expected on the CBS news last night. But the show was guaranteed its best ratings in years: all because of a missing anchorwoman, Connie Chung.

Commentator's gay gaffe

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A magnate's sphere of influence: UNITED STATES

RUPERT MURDOCH is not a name you would expect to carry much weight among the popcorn-chomping crowds who fill American football stadiums, but mention it to a true aficionado of the game, and it will prompt a bout of tooth- sucking.

Small town boy makes good

When the world tunes in to the Oscars next week, they won't be greeted by Billy Crystal or Whoopie Goldberg, but by a goofy, gap-toothed, ordinary guy called Dave, better known in America as TV's King of the Night. Phil Reeves reports

AKIO AND NORIO'

When Sony spent $4.6 billion on acquiring their own Hollywood studio, they thought the venture would bring wealth, prestige and power. Like countless star-struck innocents before them, they were bitterly disappoint ed
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Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

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Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
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Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
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Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker