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Teachers turn to emergency handouts to cope with public spending squeeze

Supply staff are being hit hard, charity reveals, with grants going to pay for housing and food

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What’s in a name? Owner left £8m out of pocket as painting thought to be by internationally acclaimed artist Peter Doig is actually a genuine Peter Doige, say lawyers

A painting at the centre of a multimillion-dollar lawsuit has been identified as a genuine Peter Doige, according to lawyers. Sadly for its owner, Robert Fletcher, that means the work is worth about £7,999,900 less than a genuine Peter Doig, the internationally acclaimed artist the retired parole officer claims was its true creator.

Shellie Zimmerman called police to her father's house

Wife of Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman claims he made ‘gun threat’

The estranged wife of George Zimmerman – cleared of any crime by a Florida court over the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin – called police to her father’s house on Monday, saying her husband threatened her with a gun.

The relative size of a man's testicles may influence the chances of him being a good father

The smaller the better: Size of a man's testicles is linked to his parenting skills

Men with larger testes are much less likely to display good parenting skills

Mum and Dad are Splitting Up: Parents who stay together for their children are making a mistake

After their divorce my parents both remarried and remained friends

Boris Berezovsky’s legal battles may have cost him up to £100m

Oligarch Boris Berezovsky may have left debts of £309m, court hears

Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky may have left debts of more than £300m when he died in “tragic and mysterious” circumstances, the High Court heard today.

Cesc Fabregas

London tycoon whose wife left him for Cesc Fabregas says he suffered 'gross injustice'

Elie Taktouk says UK courts 'are not interested if you are right or wrong they are just trying to protect the woman, they protect the badly behaved ones, not the well behaved ones'

Paperback review: Instructions for a Heatwave, By Maggie O'Farrell

Truth bubbles up in slow-burner that's set in a long, hot summer

Diana Nyad sets off on the 110-mile slog from Havana

Endurance swimmer Diana Nyad attempts swim from Cuba to Florida - again

This isn't the first time the New York-born athlete has attempted the swim, in choppy, shark-infested waters

Love triangle? Just Google it. Silicon Valley’s golden couple Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki announce separation

Then there’s the awkward matter of the $10m the search giant put into 23andMe

Jane Hawking in 1999

Jane - Hawking's life support: A new documentary on the cosmologist reveals his gratitude to his first wife

Stephen Hawking, the world's most famous living scientist, has paid a remarkable tribute to his first wife, who is the unwitting star of a new documentary on the life on the cosmologist to be released next month.

Two out of five marriages end in divorce but filling in the paperwork wrong can prove very costly

You could find trouble in store later on if you end things cheaply with a DIY-divorce

It may seem enticing – and cost-effective – to avoid paying lawyers’ fees and do it yourself, but there are drawbacks

Simon Cowell avoids divorce court appearance

Simon Cowell has avoided the prospect of a court appearance after the woman reported to be carrying his baby "resolved" her legal battle with her estranged husband.

A screengrab from Derek Medina's Facebook page

South Miami 'counsellor' confesses to wife's murder on Facebook

Photographs of bloody aftermath of shooting remain on website for up to five hours

Usher pictured with his two sons by Tameka Foster at a film premiere in 2011. His five-year-old son Usher Raymond V has been taken to hospital after nearly drowning in Atlanta.

Usher's son, aged five, hospitalised after being caught in swimming pool drain

The five-year-old son of Grammy-winning R&B singer Usher has been hospitalised after nearly drowning in an Atlanta swimming pool.

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