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A family argument Sunday in Ohio ended in the shooting deaths of eight people in two places, including an 11-year-old, and two more people were wounded.

Ohio demolition error sends spectators running

A smokestack being demolished at an old power plant toppled in the wrong direction and sent spectators scrambling before knocking down two 12,000-volt power lines and crashing into a building which housed back-up generators.

FedEx to buy transport firm

FedEx to buy transport firm

Meter 'angel' grounded

A 63-year-old Cincinnati grandmother was found guilty of obstructing official business by putting coins in expired parking meters in a random act of kindness.

Fairy meter grandmother

A 63-year-old Cincinnati grandmother was found guilty of obstructing official business by putting coins in expired parking meters in a random act of kindness.

Letter: Redwood wins,either way

From Mr Peter Stockill

Mine fatality

Mine fatality

Health Update: Caffeine just the job

NIGHT-shift workers who must remain alert when their bodies are at their lowest ebb would benefit from a four- hour nap the evening before the shift begins - plus strong coffee on the job, say American researchers.

Late return to ancestral home

CLEVELAND, OHIO - Tambo Tambo, an aborigine brought to America last century to perform in freak shows, is going home toE Australia after undertakers discovered his mummified body in a funeral home about to be closed. Tambo died in a Cleveland hoteTHER write errorl of pneumonia on 23 February 1884, aged 21, while on a theatrical tour of the US. He was embalmed, but the funeral home was left with the remains, after confusion over the legality of burying him. Reuter

Letter: Ohio thought that we were bonkers

Sir: Keith Elliott states ('Outsider smashes his way to conker title', 11 October) that conkers is a popular game in Ohio, hence the name the Buckeye State.

Nobel winner leads way for black American writers

THE BURGEONING modern school of black American writers received a supreme and unexpected international accolade yesterday when the Ohio-born novelist Toni Morrison won the 1993 Nobel Prize for Literature, in recognition, according to the Swedish Academy, of her gift for bringing 'life to an essential aspect of American reality'.

Sports Letters: Outdated title

Sir: Given that the IAAF is now intent on contesting the decision by the Ohio courts involving an award of damages to Butch Reynolds for loss of earnings, would now be an appropriate time for that organisation to drop the 'amateur' from its title?

New 'Ivan the Terrible' claim

WASHINGTON (Reuter) - The Second World War Nazi death camp guard known as 'Ivan the Terrible' is alive and may soon be taken into custody, a US congressman claimed.

Health Update: Blue cycle

WOMEN on antidepressants may need higher doses just before their periods. Doctors at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Ohio report two cases where blood concentrations of antidepressant halved before menstruation; both women had said their symptoms became worse in the premenstrual period. Increasing the dose seven to 10 days before a period improved symptoms, says a report in the Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

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Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there