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Burglary and murders are down again, but what’s driving this 20-year drop in offences?

Hackers took control of Nasa

Hackers broke into Nasa systems so comprehensively that they could have compromised US national security, a congressional panel has been told.

She says: 'The payment to public officials for confidential information is illegal, especially in relation to police officers, and cannot therefore be tolerated.'

Sue Akers: Her own woman

With an uncompromising performance at the Leveson Inquiry this week, the Met Police's Deputy Assistant Commissioner showed that she is not to be messed with

Pc David Rathband

Pc David Rathband was found hanged, hears inquest

Pc David Rathband - the police officer shot and blinded by Raoul Moat - was found hanged, a coroner heard today.

DVD: The Ides of March (15)

This perfectly competent, if rather slight, political drama is enlivened by Paul Giamatti and Philip Seymour Hoffman as the competing spin doctors plotting to get their Democrat candidate elected during the Primary campaign.

Computer failure hits Post Office services

Postal services were hit today when the Post Office's computer system went down.

Floral tributes left outside the home of PC David Rathband yesterday

Pc blinded by gunman Raoul Moat found dead

PC David Rathband always insisted he never hated Raoul Moat for blinding him.

Louisiana Red: Blues singer and guitarist who found fame at Montreux

Popular music may be a young person's game but from time to time older performers come tonational attention long after what might be regarded as their sell-by date. Gordon Haskell, Ted Hawkins and Seasick Steve are good examples, and so too is the blues singer and slide guitarist, Louisiana Red. He had been a journeyman musician for many years before he triumphed at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1975 and soon was seen as an elder statesman of the blues.

280,000 girls accept sex abuse as being normal

As many as 280,000 teenage girls are suffering from sexual abuse because they believe it is an accepted part of relationships or do not believe they can stop it, the NSPCC has warned.

Easy Money, By Jens Lapidus

If you're having withdrawal symptoms after Henning Mankell wrote finis to the chronicles of Kurt Wallander, remember that it's possible to take alternative journeys down the mean streets of Swedish cities. If you're hardy enough to tackle crime narratives drenched in vitriol, grit your teeth and tackle Jens Lapidus's lacerating Stockholm Noir trilogy: Easy Money is the first volume. Lapidus paints a more cosmopolitan canvas than other writers – not to mention employing a far grimmer and more nihilistic use of the genre, with nary a comforting Swedish copper in sight.

The English Monster, By Lloyd Shepherd

The waterman constable and the bogeyman

A Romanian pretzel seller arranges his wares near a newsvendor's stall in Bucharest

Britain's stolen gum ends up as change in Romanian shops

Police warn supermarkets to security-tag boxes of chewing gum to combat bizarre crime wave

Tom Hodgkinson: A short walk around my neighbourhood

Following a recent crisis and near breakdown caused by overwork – and yes, I am aware of the irony that the editor of The Idler has suffered such an affliction – a friend advised me to take two 15-minute walks each day. I have followed her advice and found this strategy to be extremely effective: a brisk stroll really does calm you down. It relieves anxiety.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office has been rocked by a sex scandal

Never mind Iran...Netanyahu's office rocked by sex scandal

The plot would have been too exotic for The West Wing, the relations in the Prime Minister's inner circle more fractious than those portrayed in Borgen. But the real-life drama that has unfolded in Benjamin Netanyahu's office in the last fortnight would certainly make a riveting television series, even if some of its twists and turns would strain the audience's capacity to suspend disbelief.

Fishing skippers fined £720,000

Seventeen skippers behind one of Scotland's biggest fishing scams have been fined a total of £720,000.

Keys to the future: An Enigma machine at Bletchley Park

Turing's Cathedral: The Origins Of The Digital Universe, By George Dyson

Who invented the computer? This turns out to be a far more complicated question than you might imagine. There is no doubt that it was mathematicians who first conceived of a universally programmable machine, but which mathematicians?

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Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
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Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
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America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone
Amazon is buying Twitch for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?

What is the appeal of Twitch?

Amazon is buying the video-game-themed online streaming site for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?
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How bosses are making us work harder

As it is revealed that one newspaper office pumps out the sound of typewriters to increase productivity, Gillian Orr explores the other devices designed to motivate staff
Manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl records

Hard pressed: Resurgence in vinyl records

As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

A tale of two writers

Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
Could a later start to the school day be the most useful educational reform of all?

Should pupils get a lie in?

Doctors want a later start to the school day so that pupils can sleep later. Not because teenagers are lazy, explains Simon Usborne - it's all down to their circadian rhythms
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... as Jewish comedians get their own festival
SJ Watson: 'I still can't quite believe that Before I Go to Sleep started in my head'

A dream come true for SJ Watson

Watson was working part time in the NHS when his debut novel, Before I Go to Sleep, became a bestseller. Now it's a Hollywood movie, too. Here he recalls the whirlwind journey from children’s ward to A-list film set
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10 best cycling bags for commuters

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Paul Scholes: Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United

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Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

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The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

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