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

Firms set to profit from reforms of NHS

Two private healthcare groups, Circle Holdings and Primary Health Properties, yesterday showed they are poised to capitalise on the Government's controversial NHS reforms.

Leading Premier League hopes all handed home games in Cup sixth round

With many of the Premier League's top clubs already out of the Cup in previous rounds, the FA Cup sixth-round draw has been kind to the remaining leading clubs, with Tottenham, Liverpool and Chelsea all receiving home draws – although the two London sides have replays to negotiate first. Liverpool and Spurs have been named as the bookies' favourites, followed by Chelsea, who have yet to guarantee their place in the sixth round.

More commuter misery as Britain's big freeze continues

Britain's big freeze shows little sign of relenting with sub-zero temperatures set to bring more misery to commuters up and down the country in the coming days.

Many motorway drivers were forced to spend the night in their cars as the snow brought traffic to a standstill on the M25, while Heathrow Airport cancelled a third of its flights.

Heavy snow leaves roads treacherous

Heavy overnight snow brought severe disruption to road, rail and air travel today with motorists being urged to take extra care in treacherous conditions.

Rome: -1C

Britain joins the European single weather zone

Temperatures fall to -12 as freeze kicks in

The Train in the Night: A Story of Music and Loss, By Nick Coleman

Notes from the day the music died

Britain braced for snow chaos

Parts of Britain have been placed on amber alert today as the country lies in wait for widespread snow.

Weekend snow warning as UK shivers

The Met Office has raised fears for the elderly and ill by issuing a serious England-wide weather alert as the nation shivers in freezing conditions.

Private firm vows to breathe new life into struggling NHS hospital

Boss says turning round failing institution with £40m debts is all a question of cutting waste

Patience (After Sebald) (15)

Starring: Jonathan Pryce

Virgin Trains 'the least punctual'

Virgin Trains was the least punctual train company over the festive period, according to monthly performance data released today by Network Rail.

Rail travel chaos after cable theft

Tens of thousands of rail passengers suffered travel chaos today after another cable theft, and a cracked rail, led to huge disruption on some of the country's busiest routes.

Get with the beasts: a big game hunter's guide to modern Britain

Reports of a big cat going wild near Stroud only scratch the surface. Tom Peck and Joshua Carroll investigate

Mercedes-Benz E 250 CDI - iDrive

'Despite a biblical storm, the E-Class powers on'

Savile probe police arrest pensioner

A pensioner arrested as part of the Jimmy Savile sex abuse investigation has been released on bail.

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Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

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Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

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