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Officials were told 12 months ago that rivers posed a serious risk but failed to take any action

Chris Kelly of Kris Kross performs on stage at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia during the So So Def 20th Anniversary Concert, in this photo taken February 23, 2013. Chris

Kriss Kross rapper Chris 'Mac Daddy' Kelly dies aged 34 in Atlanta hospital

Chris "Mac Daddy" Kelly, one half of the 1990s rap duo Kriss Kross, has died at an Atlanta hospital at the age of 34, a Fulton County Medical Examiner spokesman has confirmed.

Emeny to take the helm at Fuller, Smith & Turner

Fuller’s, brewer of London Pride, was set up 160 years ago and has over 400 pubs

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How first-time buyers are saving for a home

New report shows first-time buyers are looking for more work to fund their first property

The Labour peer, Chris Smith, no longer takes the traditional 'green' view on issues such as nuclear power

Greater use of fracking is backed by UK's environment watchdog

Controversial method for extracting gas is needed to meet rising energy needs, says Lord Smith

Julian Fellowes looks at film policy

Julian Fellowes, the Oscar-winning creator of Downton Abbey, will sit on an expert panel reviewing government film policy.

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Joan Smith: Hague's problem is sense, not sexuality

Rumours about the Foreign Secretary's love life have circulated for years, but it is using Ffion to prop up his story that is shocking

First person: 'I lost a £3m winning lottery ticket'

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Man jailed over 'depraved' child porn collection

A 39-year-old man who built up and shared a library of depraved images of child abuse was jailed for more than seven years today.

Surge in hydropower schemes since 2000

The number of small-scale hydropower schemes to generate energy from rivers in England and Wales has surged in the last decade, figures from the Environment Agency showed today.

Fears that loss of Laws will undermine confidence in coalition

The Treasury was last night attempting to reassure markets that stable and detailed plans to bring down Britain's deficit are on track despite the resignation of David Laws amid concerns that his departure will undermine financial confidence in the new coalition Government.

Be afraid. Janet's on the stump

In Islington South and Finsbury, former home of Tony Blair, the main parties have all chosen female candidates. Janet Street-Porter met them
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Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
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Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

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Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

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Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

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The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

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Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

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The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

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Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

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Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

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From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

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A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

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