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Truman Capote's tale of brutal killings 'glossed over failings of lead investigator'

Truman Capote is no longer around to care, but newly unearthed evidence in the case of the Kansas farmhouse murders that became his blockbuster book In Cold Blood casts fresh doubt on his famous claim that it was “immaculately factual” from front cover to back.

Lee Duck-hee likes to see big gestures from umpires during matches

Deaf teenager says disability can help him reach the top

14-year-old Korean junior Lee Duck-hee tells Paul Newman not being able to hear makes it easier for him to concentrate

Two feared dead after being 'ejected' from bachelor party boat trip in alligator-infested lake

Charlie Jackson and Jason Cobb disappeared in the 'wet and stormy' early hours of Saturday morning

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Richard Hickock, left, and Perry Smith, the two men hanged for the murders of the Clutter family

'In Cold Blood' killers exhumed in bid to prove they murdered again

It’s hard to argue that the late Truman Capote’s most famous work, In Cold Blood, his non-fiction novel about the vicious 1959 murders of a farming family in Kansas by two drifters, Richard Hickock and Perry Smith, was not comprehensive. Yet, was it?

Florida will be the first state to have issued 1 million permits allowing people to carry concealed firearms,

Florida will be first to reach 1m concealed gun licenses

Florida will be the first state to have issued 1 million permits allowing people to carry concealed firearms, said Adam Putnam, Florida's commissioner of agriculture and consumer affairs.

Standing fans

Support for standing at football stadiums grows, but strong opposition remains

Calls for the introduction of a pilot of new standing technology - called rail seats - at football grounds

In this picture released by American magician Wayne Houchin, Dominican TV presenter Franklin Barazarte, left, reacts as Houchin's head burns while taping

Bizarre 'stunt' leaves magician badly burnt after Dominican Republic TV host doused him with flammable cologne and set fire to him

Wayne Houchin, 29, was appearing on a show called Closer To The Stars when the guest host, Franklin Barazarte, abruptly doused the magician's head with 'Agua de Florida,' a flammable cologne used in religious rituals

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Hillsborough officers under investigation by IPCC

Police officers present at the Hillsborough Disaster, including those whose statements were doctored, have been informed that they are under investigation.

The worst first date in history

Wowee! You think you've had some bad first dates? How about this one?

Woman who rode manatee arrested

Any lingering ill effects on the victim have long passed - but after a two month search, police have finally located the perpetrator. Ana Gloria Garcia Gutierrez, 53, the woman who illegally clambered on to and rode a manatee, was arrested Saturday. She faces a maximum of six months in jail and a fine of $500.

One dead as helicopter crashes at Bahamas millionaires' playground resort

One person was killed and four others injured when a helicopter carrying five American passengers crashed in a Bahamas millionaires' playground resort.

Barack Obama rebuked Egypt and Turkey

Policeman volunteers to assassinate Obama

Sam Koivisto, a 26-year-old officer of the Jacksonville, Florida police force resigined last week after commenting to coworkers: "If an order was given to kill Obama or something, then I wouldn't mind being the guy."

New suspect in OJ murder case

A documentary about an inmate on Florida's death row says that the convicted killer may have been involved in the 1994 murder of OJ Simpson's ex-wife and her friend, a case that was deemed "the trial of the century" in the United States.

Ross Barkley returns to Everton

The 18-year-old moved to Hillsborough on an initial one-month deal but that was later extended

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