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How an abortion divided America

Single mother who took a pill to end her pregnancy is now fighting a landmark prosecution in a conservative state

Jens Hofma, chief executive of Pizza Hut in the UK, at one of his restaurants

Jens Hofma: Meet the man who wants to sell a slice of Pizza Hut

He has been leading the restaurant chain's recovery and wants to whet the appetites of buyers for the British division

Tim Lang: Will this new anti-obesity wheeze work? Fat chance

Today's initiative is another example of a very soft Government approach to food policy. Most of us who study this area know that while on the surface these little initiatives sound good, they are hopeless when confronted with the enormity of change required.

Leading article: Dodging the issue on obesity

Another week, another Government-backed healthy-eating initiative. Just after Christmas, it was cut-price school meals to tempt children away from the chip shop. Now it is a celebrity- chef recipe mailshot and low-price deals on healthy ingredients at three big supermarkets.

Album: Various Artists, Earle Brown Contemporary Sound Series Vol. 4 (Wergo)

This fourth 3CD volume of re-issues from the Earle Brown-curated series of '60s avant-garde milestones focuses on chamber orchestral performances.

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Elvis Costello's live CD/DVD package takes a different approach to Kylie's live show in which she uses a large spinner to select which songs to sing.

Easterbrook goes to Pizza Express

Steve Easterbrook, the head of McDonald's Europe, is leaving the fast-food giant to run Pizza Express.

Junk food firms in anti-obesity drive

The Government's anti-obesity strategy has come under attack after Andrew Lansley, the Health Secretary, signed partnerships with private junk food firms.

McDonald's serves more customers

The fast-food giant McDonald's said it saw its busiest weekend on record in the UK last month as cost-conscious families searched for cheap deals.

Video: Happy Meals not so cheery amid lawsuit

McDonald's grimaces at Happy Meal lawsuit which wants the firm to stop selling the children's meals.

The land of junk food and celebs

England is a nation of celebrity-obsessed junk food addicts, according to the latest Lonely Planet travel guide. It describes the British economy as "looking dicey" and said there may be "choppy waters ahead".

The sandwich that ate McDonald's

Subway, the US chain with a big appetite for expansion, is putting the crunch on fast food's proudest name, by David Usborne

Leading article: Super sub

It is a moment in history. The Golden Arches are now outnumbered by the Subway chain. McDonald's still serves more meals and makes more money. But in terms of outlets, the sandwich and sauce formula has conquered that of burger and fries.

Album: Gurf Morlix, Blaze Foley's 113th Wet Dream (Rootball)

Blaze Foley was quite a character, even by the standards of the Austin new-country scene. In the 1970s, he lived in a treehouse, and never quite became accustomed to home life thereafter, preferring to sleep beneath the pool table in his local bar.

Lab Notes: Is fast food making children stupid? Don't swallow the stories

Junk food rots your brain, scientists say. Well, actually, I just made that up. What scientists have really shown is that feeding junk food to young children from the age of three "may be associated" with a slightly lower IQ score at the age of eight.

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Will revolutionary Cuba take 'bourgeois' golf to its heart?

Fidel Castro ridiculed the game – but now investment in leisure resort projects is welcome
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As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor explains the rules of engagement
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Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog, Ed Richards
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The West needs more than a White Knight

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