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All 50 US states are below freezing as the polar vortex sworls around North America, shattering temperature records and causing a collective shudder across the continent.

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Birmingham Airport has proposed changes which could boost capacity of the airport by up to 70 million long term. But just how does this match up with the world's other major airports?

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Rev Andrew Greeley: Outspoken priest and author

The Reverend Andrew Greeley, who was an outspoken Roman Catholic priest, best-selling author and newspaper columnist who criticised the hierarchy of his own church over the child sex-abuse scandal, has died aged 85.

Despite the high menu prices, room service isn’t very profitable

Room service: The final call on a luxury that is just not profitable

At the New York Hilton, you will soon have to make do with a 'grab 'n go' cafeteria

The Shining Girls, By Lauren Beukes. HarperCollins, £12.99

To begin with, Lauren Beukes had an idea so perfectly simple it sounds like an elevator pitch: "time-travelling serial killer".

Ray Manzarek, the keyboardist and founding member of The Doors who had a dramatic impact on rock 'n' roll, has died. He was 74

This is the end... Keyboard player of The Doors Ray Manzarek dies of cancer aged 74 

Ray Manzarek, the keyboard player and co-founder of The Doors, one of the most influential rock groups of the 1960s, has died after a protracted battle with cancer. He was 74.

Buycott empowers consumers by revealing which corporations are responsible for the contents of your basket

Retail: The secret shopper in your pocket

How do you know if the cutesy kitchen roll you're buying is owned by climate change deniers? There's an app for that

Book of a lifetime: Satchmo: My Life in New Orleans, By Louis Armstrong

My parents loved the blues and early jazz, and I grew up to the sounds of Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Leadbelly and Fats Waller.

Hans Lipschis was taken into custody after authorities concluded there was compelling evidence he was involved in crimes at Auschwitz while there from 1941 to 1945, prosecutor Claudia Krauth said

Suspected 93-year-old Auschwitz guard Hans Lipschis arrested in Germany

German authorities say they have arrested a 93-year-old alleged former Auschwitz guard who once lived in the United States on suspicion of accessory to murder.

Paperback review: Breakdown, By Sara Paretsky

A group of teenage girls holds an initiation ceremony to the Vampire Society in a Chicago cemetery at midnight.

Jimmy “Fast Fingers” Dawkins, who died on 10 April aged 76, was a Chicago bluesman known for his guitar playing and his mellow singing voice

Jimmy Dawkins: Blues guitarist

Jimmy “Fast Fingers” Dawkins, who died on 10 April aged 76, was a Chicago bluesman known for his guitar playing and his mellow singing voice.

Liberty Head 'Walton' nickel from 1913 rakes in more than $3m at auction

The 5 cent coin was one of five produced illegally by a rogue US Mint worker

George Beverly Shea has died aged 104

Baritone George Beverly Shea dies aged 104

George Beverly Shea, whose booming baritone voice echoed through stadiums, squares and souls during a decades-long career with evangelist Billy Graham, has died aged 104.

Bubba Watson breaks down in tears during yesterday’s press conference

The Masters 2013 draw: A boohoo, but no whooping, from reigning champion Bubba Watson

Bubba Watson cried when he won his Green Jacket last year. He cried again yesterday

Roger Ebert, one of the most popular film reviewers of his time, has died at the age of 70

Pulitzer Prize-winning US film critic Roger Ebert dies, aged 70

Ebert’s show with Gene Siskel was full of verbal sparring and thumbs up/ thumbs down reviews

Maria Llanos watches on as her daughter hugs a friend at the soon-to-close Lafayette School in Chicago

Yes, we can close schools: Rahm Emanuel’s cash crisis in Chicago

More than 10 per cent of city’s elementary facilities shut down by Obama’s former right-hand man

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