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Bright lights: Ruby Wax hits Vegas

The last time she visited Las Vegas, Ruby Wax got married (it was a work-permitty thing). Now she's back to cast an astonished eye over the most surreal city in the world

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Two weeks after a lavish island wedding ceremony, Eddie Murphy is splitting up with his latest wife. And if you think that's short for a high-profile marriage, think again. John Walsh celebrates an inglorious tradition

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Man acquitted of conning wealthy with `sheikh' act

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Racing: Oscar gets part in Stewards'

THE TRAINER David Nicholls will have two fancied runners in Saturday's Stewards' Cup Handicap now Double Oscar is set to line up. Fears Double Oscar would be eliminated from the Goodwood six-furlong sprint were dispelled yesterday when 21 were withdrawn, leaving him 30th in the list for a race with a safety limit of 30.

`I've never compared myself to Cher. It would drive me crazy'

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Pop: Somebody be outrageous. Quick

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