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Six NHS trusts have “persistently” high death rates for patients who die in hospital or within 30 days of discharge, according to new data.

The scene outside Shenfield station this morning, after a 44-year-old City worker was shot in the leg on his way into London

Shenfield station shooting: City worker shot in leg on way to work in ‘deliberately targeted attack’

Police are appealing for witnesses after a balaclava-wearing gunman fled from the scene

Doubts over NHS waiting time figures, after watchdog uncovers 'inconsistencies'

Serious doubts have been cast over the reliability of NHS waiting times figures, after the Government’s financial watchdog identified “inconsistencies” in the way that hospital trusts measure and record data.

Non-league side buys stand for £5,500 on eBay

The stand will now be deconstructed, and moved via truck from the Isle of Wight

The Sketch: General Gove discovers the brotherhood of man

What are so-called Topical Questions for if not to address the great controversies of the day?

Amateur footballer awaits facial reconstruction after attack when he stepped in to protect woman

Richie Robins was punched and knocked unconscious but the attack continued as he lay on floor

Ella Hysom: Missing schoolgirl found safe and well after parents make emotional appeal

Police had said they were 'extremely concerned' about the welfare of the 15-year-old who was being treated for depression when she vanished

Colchester man charged with murder of partner left to be found by her four-year-old daughter

A man has been charged with the murder of his partner, whose body was discovered by her four-year-old daughter.

Man and a woman appear in court charged with attempted rape of 10-week-old girl

A man and a woman accused of attempting to rape a 10-week-old baby girl have appeared in court.

Andre Villas-Boas

Barcelona set to appoint Tito Vilanova's replacement next week with Andre Villas-Boas the current favourite

Tottenham boss refused to comment on the matter suggesting 'it's not the moment to speak about any speculation'

Andy Carroll: Liverpool are keen for a quick resolution on striker's move to Upton Park

Sam Allardyce will not rush £15m signing Andy Carroll back to action for West Ham

The striker has been dogged by injury problems

Sir Bruce Keogh’s report: The 14 NHS trusts and their failings

Of the 14 trusts investigated by Sir Bruce Keogh’s team, all but Colchester, Dudley and Blackpool are now under special measures. However, the report outlined specific failings at all 14 trusts.

Andy Burnham, the shadow Health Secretary, was under pressure last night over a shocking catalogue of fatal blunders at hospitals across England

Andy Burnham defends Labour's record as healthcare report shines light on 'failings' under previous government

Shadow Health Secretary hits back by saying things have got a lot worse under Coalition

The Airbus UK manager Andy Preece

Europa League: Andy Preece makes history in breaking colour bar and targets the top

He becomes the first black English manager to coach in European competition

Firefighter discovered dead at home after being questioned by police is named in inquest

Father-of-two Martin Sibley was found dead at his home on Monday, an inquest has heard

Art by Damon Albarn's father is anything but Blurry

The scene is ostensibly retro: Colchester's Minories Gallery packed with artists and liggers, jigsaw-puzzle pieces being exchanged for free drinks, the walls and floors covered with Op Art and trippy digital prints. And centre-stage is a tallish man in a mustard-yellow corduroy suit.

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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas
La Famille Bélier is being touted as this year's Amelie - so why are many in the deaf community outraged by it?

Deaf community outraged by La Famille Bélier

The new film tells the story of a deaf-mute farming family and is being touted as this year's Amelie
10 best high-end laptops

10 best high-end laptops

From lightweight and zippy devices to gaming beasts, we test the latest in top-spec portable computers