Voices Ice forms on the shore of the East River due to unusually low temperatures caused by a polar vortex in New York

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.

Rare birds killed off after migration north sees them face freezing temperatures back in UK

Remains of 8 malnourished stone curlews recently back from Africa and Spain found in Norfolk, Suffolk and Wiltshire

Halfords bike sales dive after cold snap

The near-Arctic recent weather froze sales of bikes at retailer Halfords in its final quarter but drove a spike in purchases of its car maintenance products, from batteries to windscreen wipers.

The Business Matrix: Tuesday 9 April 2013

Time for austerity is over, warns Lew

Gas price fears recede

Fears of rising domestic energy prices eased slightly when prompt gas prices slid 15 per cent to a two-week low.

Entire troupe of 300 circus fleas killed by freezing weather in Germany

Flea circus director Robert Birk said it was the first time he had lost all his fleas in one go because of cold weather

'We'll freeze for another month': Icy weather gripping UK could last until end of April, say forecasters

Many transport routes across the UK remain impassable because of deep snow drifts

Britons set for Easter getaway in search of sun as freezing weather shows no sign of abating

Snow and freezing temperatures are continuing to cause disruption across the country with thousands of people still without power

A large section of Dover’s famous White Cliffs has tumbled into the English Channel.

Large section of Dover's White Cliffs falls into English Channel

A large section of Dover’s famous White Cliffs has tumbled into the English Channel.

UK weather: Heavy snow and strong winds cause travel chaos for thousands as cars and vans are completely buried

Winter storms believed to have already claimed the life of one woman

Paperback review: In One Person, By John Irving

We are formed by what we desire,” declares Bill Abbott, the bisexual narrator of John Irving’s thirteenth novel.

Brendan Powell on Golden Chieftain wins The JLT Speciality Handicap Steeple Chase

Cheltenham Festival: Second day given go-ahead after freezing night

There had been concerns over today's racing

Cold snap continues to hamper cross-Channel travel as frosts linger for another day

Passengers on cross-Channel journeys endured the worst of the travel disruption today caused by the continuing mid-March cold snap.

Weather warning issued for snow and ice as commuters are told to prepare for possible Monday rush-hour disruption

Commuters are being warned that snow fall could disrupt journeys during today's rush-hour as the band of sleet and snow turns heavier overnight

Cover your nose - either to keep it warm or risk the increased chance of catching a cold

Farewell to the cold February weather - and the month we're truly sick of

Did the big chill increase the chance of catching a cold? Yes it did, says the expert

Family killed in suspected carbon monoxide poisoning at caravan site 'died quickly'

Three members of the same family who died after suspected carbon monoxide poisoning at a caravan park would have been "unconscious within minutes", investigators said today.

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Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals

'You need me, I don’t need you'

Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals
How to Get Away with Murder: Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama

How to Get Away with Murder

Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama
A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
Which animals are nearly extinct?

Which animals are nearly extinct?

Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. These are the other species on the brink
12 best children's shoes

Perfect for leaf-kicking: 12 best children's shoes

Find footwear perfect to keep kids' feet protected this autumn
Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

Aaron Ramsey’s injury record has prompted a club investigation. For now, the midfielder is just happy to be fit to face Anderlecht in the Champions League
Comment: David Moyes' show of sensitivity thrown back in his face by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Moyes’ show of sensitivity thrown back in his face... by Ferguson

Manchester United legend tramples on successor who resisted criticising his inheritance
Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015

UK city beats Vienna, Paris and New York to be ranked seventh in world’s best tourist destinations - but it's not London