Arts and Entertainment Art Garfunkel and Paul Simon singing 'The Sound of Silence'

'The voice is back', the singer said in a statement

Ali Aydi, right, the uncle of Rania Alayed and a friend put flowers at a layby next to the A19 near Thirsk in North Yorkshire

Family of missing Manchester woman Rania Alayed appeal for information

Does a moorland road hold the vital clue to solving her death?

Cleveland Police Officer stands guard in front of the house where three women were held captive for over a decade

Charles Ramsey, man who helped free three Cleveland women, to write memoir

The man who famously put aside his Big Mac to help rescue three women held captive in a Cleveland house for over a decade has signed a contract to publish his memoirs.

Hall at the 50th Monterey Jazz Festival in 2007, with Geoffrey Keezer on piano

Jim Hall: Jazz guitarist whose subtly powerful style led Pat Metheny to acclaim him as 'the father of modern guitar playing'

It seems banal to say of an artist that he was a nice person with a great sense of humour. But every comment about Jim Hall, following his death at 83, has emphasised his personal qualities. The veteran bassist Bill Crow described Hall as "A dear friend, a great musician, and one of the best laughers I've ever known. Early in the days of knowing him, he laughed so hard at something [Bob] Brookmeyer and I were saying that he dislocated his left shoulder." Not the best outcome for a guitarist.

Woman chokes to death during family meal at Frankie and Benny's restaurant in Teesside

Despite efforts by paramedics and other diners at the restaurant in Stockton, Cleveland, the woman collapsed and died in the bathroom

Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro 'may have died from autoerotic asphyxiation'

Report reveals evidence showing that Castro was not regarded as a suicide risk and was found with his pants around his ankles

The villa in the resort of Dalyan, Turkey, where the shooting took place

I pleaded with my mother's Turkish 'gardener lover' not to kill her, says Catherine Anne Bury's son

The family of a British woman shot dead in Turkey said today that they “cannot comprehend the mentality” of the man who killed her and injured her son and mother.

Drink driver caught by police eight times over the limit

36-year-old woman was stopped by Cleveland Police in Redcar

Football fans accuse police of using the orders to meet targets

Police 'paid' to seek football banning orders

Growth in curfew orders as funding gives forces incentive to bring civil cases

The arm of the crane rips apart the roof

Cleveland kidnapping: Victim watches and spectators applaud as Ariel Castro 'house of horrors' torn down

House was torn down as part of deal that spared him a possible death sentence

Ariel Castro faces 977 counts, including kidnapping and rape

Castro gets life plus 1,000 years as he cuts deal to avoid the chair

Victims ‘relieved’ after Cleveland kidnapper pleads guilty to 937 charges against him

Cleveland search called off in neighbourhood where bodies of three women were found

But police are still concerned that they could find more victims as suspect appears influenced by Cleveland serial killer

Anthony Sowell of Cleveland, Ohio appears in court on Wednesday,
charged with murder, rape and kidnapping

Sex offender 'fascinated' by Cleveland Strangler case held by police after three women's bodies are found

Police are carrying out a further search for additional victims amid concern there may be more bodies

Search goes on after three bodies are found 150 yards apart in East Cleveland

A police search is continuing after three bodies, believed to be female, were found wrapped in plastic bags about 150 yards apart in East Cleveland, Ohio.

Prosecutors may pursue a death penalty case against Ariel Castro

Police investigate after toddler is 'slapped and burned' by man he wet with water pistol

Police said the man appeared to have become angry and slapped the toddler before burning him with a cigarette and leaving him with a slight injury

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