News Leonardo DiCaprio’s deepest, darkest and wholly rational fear of sharks was tested to the extreme after he came face-to-face with a great white during a terrifying diving ordeal.

Police detained Farrar (pictured below), 42, at Collin County jail with charges of misdemeanour counts of possession, theft, and harassment by phone

Oracle claims firm stole its intellectual property

Oracle Corp has filed a suit against a little known rival that provides low-cost software maintenance services, in a case similar to one that Oracle is fighting against rival SAP AG.

Gay rights go on trial in California

The first federal trial to determine if the US Constitution prohibits states from outlawing same-sex marriage got under way yesterday, with the two gay couples on whose behalf the case was brought among the first witnesses.

Man guilty of stabbing 'veil martyr' to death in court

Russian-German who hated all foreigners jailed for killing muslim woman

I prayed to Cardinal and walked again, says deacon

A US Roman Catholic deacon spoke today of how the agonising pain he had suffered from a spinal disorder disappeared after praying to the revered English Cardinal John Henry Newman.

Girl's bid to sail around world blocked

A girl who wants to become the youngest person to sail solo around the world is still too inexperienced to be allowed to set off on her quest, a court ruled yesterday.

Stalin's grandson loses libel action

A Russian court ruled against Josef Stalin's grandson in a libel suit over a newspaper article that said the Soviet dictator had sent thousands of people to their deaths.

Microsoft escapes pricey patent scrap unscathed

A federal judge threw out a $388 million (£242 million)patent infringement jury verdict against Microsoft, ending a six-year legal skirmish.

Anna Nicole Smith's lawyer facing more charges

More charges were filed yesterday against the lawyer-boyfriend of Anna Nicole Smith, with prosecutors claiming he helped obtain the drugs that killed the former Playboy model.

Irish judge shot in face in courthouse

A judge in the Republic of Ireland was accidentally shot in the face by a solicitor who was trying to demonstrate that an air pistol was harmless.

Hacker pleads guilty to monster credit card theft

A computer hacker who was once a federal informant and was a driving force behind one of the largest cases of identity theft in US history pleaded guilty in a deal with prosecutors that will send him to prison for up to 25 years.

Pirate Bay back online after court-forced shutdown

Swedish file-sharing website The Pirate Bay is back online after a temporary shutdown overnight.

Praise for new Japanese jury system

Little marks the case out except its almost banal brutality: Two Tokyo pensioners argued for months before a final confrontation ended in the death of 66-year-old Mun Chun Ja after her 72-year-old neighbour, Katsuyoshi Fujii, plunged a knife into her back. That deadly squabble, however, became part of a radical legal experiment that has held Japan in thrall all week.

Songwriter used Craigslist to lure women to his apartment, court told

A veteran songwriter and film director who won an Oscar for his 1977 hit "You Light Up My Life" used Craigslist to lure 11 women into his apartment where he sexually assaulted them, according to charges filed against him in a New York court yesterday.

Boy shot dead after video game argument

An 11-year-old boy in Mississippi accidentally killed his 9-year-old brother with a shotgun blast as the two struggled over the gun after arguing about a video game, authorities said.

Pirate Bay copyright appeal looking shaky

The Pirate Bay co-founders, convicted of copyright infringement earlier this year, look set to have their appeal overturned with the Stockholm District Court.

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