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Good Samaritan is believed to have been involved in a collision after going to help a man who jumped

Alisa Dmitrijeva was last seen alive in King’s Lynn at the end of August

Body found on Queen's estate is missing 17-year-old

A young woman found murdered on the Queen's Sandringham estate had been missing for four months.

Man killed in helicopter crash

A man has died after the helicopter he was flying in crashed into a field.

Low-key 30th birthday for Duchess of Cambridge

The Duchess of Cambridge is to celebrate her 30th birthday with a "low-key and private" event.

Duchess of Cambridge's first patronages announced

The Duchess of Cambridge's life as a member of the Royal Family entered a new phase today with the announcement she has become patron of four organisations.

Human remains found on royal estate

Human remains have been found in woodland on the Royal Family's Sandringham Estate by a member of the public.

Police carry out lie detector study

Police are carrying out a new study on the usefulness of lie detector tests.

Chris the cuckoo: the birds were fitted with satellite transmitters

Extraordinary rendezvous of the migrating cuckoos

Researchers track five birds on their 3,000 mile journey to same area in central Africa

National Express on track as revenues rise

The boss of National Express today said the transport group had finished the year in "excellent shape" as it reported sales growth across all its divisions.

East Anglia, and women, top the savings league

You've probably heard of the north-south divide in the property market and employment, but it seems it's also reflected in how much money people have squirrelled away.

Matthew Macfadyen and Hayley Atwell in Channel 4’s Any Human Heart

Audiobooks: Let them tell you a story (dodgy accent optional...)

Christmas books of the year

Concrete block dropped on car

A woman suffered life-threatening injuries after a "bucket-sized" block of concrete was dropped on to her car on a busy road.

Golliwog race charges dropped

Racial harassment charges against a woman who displayed a golliwog toy in her window have been dropped.

Hotter than Barbados! Britain basks as temperature soars to 85 degrees

With beaches packed, barbecue sales soaring and warnings of traffic jams, Britons look set to enjoy summer's last hurrah this weekend in traditional style – even if it is officially autumn.

Hampshire target Essex captain Foster

Hampshire have launched an audacious attempt to sign the Essex captain James Foster.

The free controllers with ideas above their station

You can't buy a train ticket at West Runton – there are no staff there to sell you one. But volunteers are waiting to welcome you and to show you their garden. Matthew Bell and Jane Merrick relish the ride
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End of the Aussie brain drain

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Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

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Letterman's final Late Show: Laughter, but no tears, as David takes his bow after 33 years

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Ivor Novello Awards 2015: Hozier wins with anti-Catholic song 'Take Me To Church' as John Whittingdale leads praise for Black Sabbath

Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

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