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Spoiler alert: Last week's episode of Breaking Bad was one of the most shocking in TV history. Can they top it this week?

Media mogul loses battle to oust Diller from helm of IAC

The media mogul John Malone has lost his bitter legal battle to oust Barry Diller from the helm of the IAC/Interactive internet conglomerate, home to the Ticketmaster ticket agency and Ask.com search engine.

Fishing Lines: Meet Skeet, a colourful champ who's totally addicted to bass

Wanna know what it feels like inside a tornado? Then spend a few hours as a passenger on a competition bass-fishing boat. The driver wants to get everywhere fast. Travel time is wasted fishing time. So they open up that 250hp engine and go – at 70mph or more.

Dance class war: The new battle against obesity

The Government is so concerned about the growing divide between a fat, depressed underclass and a slim-line elite that it is urging doctors to send the overweight to dance classes. By Marie Woolf and Francis Elliott

Short Breaks: Murder most extravagant

They're making a killing on the Orient Express - just watch out for men in very heavy make-up

Young find meaning of life in movies, not church

ARNOLD SCHWARZNEGGER may not seem like a bigger religious figure than the Archbishop of Canterbury. The Pope might not enjoy being spiritually upstaged by Leonardo Di Caprio.

Dance: Unhappy moments in the fairy tale

RAYMONDA LONDON COLISEUM

Rugby League: Saints triumph amid turmoil

St Helens 74 Hull Sharks 16

Hellfire and hyperdrive: the Gospel according to Star Wars

"I AM trying to bring up my children with Jedi values." So wrote an earnest Christian recently in a discussion on an internet site devoted to modern culture. The combination of Christianity with Star Wars may seem one of the more bizarre bits of merchandising in the hype around The Phantom Menace, but now a Methodist university chaplain in Liverpool has written an entire book on the subject.

The fandom menace

They've queued for days and nights for tickets. They claim it is the Woodstock of their generation, a symbol of the eternal triumph of good over evil. Andrew Harrison touches down in an LA riddled with `Star Wars' fever. Photographs by Robert Yager

Sadly, my instincts shout `Up yours, Deutschland'

APOLOGIES TO my old German teacher, Mrs Jackson. In aus uber unter neben hinter zwischen vor - you did the best job a teacher could do.

May the farce be with you

"Loud, vulgar, manipulative, careless and pretentious, `The Phantom Menace' is one of the worst movies ever made"

Shower the screen with popcorn

VERY SENSIBLY, the American film industry has decided not to submit its new products to the Cannes Film Festival. Last year, the most awful thing happened to some movie or other about Bruce Willis in a vest with ten minutes to save the world; the Cannes audience laughed at it. The resulting bad publicity has made the American studios so nervous that they aren't prepared to give Cannes the opportunity to ridicule their summer blockbusters.

The grand illusion

If `Star Wars' was the death of film, it must prepare to die once more. Andrew Gumbel reports from Los Angeles

The Broader Picture: Haute couture

AT LAST, fetish comes to the ski slopes. Visitors to the small Alpine village of Vars will notice that the place is teeming with brightly coloured rubber-clad not-quite-human beings. This is because Vars is a mecca for speed skiers, who gather here to compete at zooming down near- vertical, ice-covered slopes. Not for the fainthearted, their sport is to plunge off a snowy plateau some 3,000m high. Ideal conditions are no wind and as hard a slope as possible, which must be scraped smooth: the tiniest bump can mean a wipe-out.
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The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

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