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George Zimmerman in a booking photo after being arrested in connection with a 'domestic disturbance'

George Zimmerman charged over pointing gun at his girlfriend and assault

George Zimmerman, who shot dead unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin sparking a nationwide debate in the US about race and self-defence, has been accused of pointing a shotgun at his girlfriend, police said last night.

The house in Hillingdon features almost exclusively purple decor and furniture

Who would live in a house like this? Purple lovers' dream home goes on the market

House in Hillingdon, Middlesex featuring almost exclusively purple decor and furniture could be yours for £400,000

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Make bedtime less of a battle with our pick of the best beds your little ones will be desperate to settle down in for lights out

The kitchen in the 4 bedroom semi detached house for sale at Walney Road, Heworth Village, York. On with Ashtons for £325,000

The kitchen is now the most valuable room in the house

UK homeowners have spent £413 on kitchen gadgets in the past year

Video: Self-assembling robots cubes jump and snap together

Palm-sized cubes use flywheels and magnets to snap together with future applications including emergency repairs and configurable furniture

Student houses of horrors: A cautionary tale of student rental

Holes in the roof, haunted fire alarms and over-friendly cockroaches; Louise Tompkins has lived to tell the tale

Ingvar Kamprad, 87, officially retired from the Ikea board in June

Ikea boss handed billions to sons after legal battle, claims book

Book claims thrifty furniture billionaire battled to retain control but was finally defeated

Frank Kohler, aged 50, was one of the 12 victims killed in the rampage

Victims of Washington Navy Yard massacre: 'Arthur was always helping others, I wonder if he was doing that when he was shot'

If after the Newtown school massacre last year, the US was in shock because of the tender ages of so many of the victims, it was the maturity of those gunned down during Monday’s deadly rampage at the Washington Navy Yard that hit home today. The youngest was 46, all had had long careers, some were grandparents.

Harriet Walker: 'I log on to Facebook and see nothing but new houses, weddings, dogs and babies'

I had an existential crisis last week. I know I did, because my infinitely patient boyfriend pointed out that that was the problem.

With a dark, autumnal colour palette and plenty of quirky touches, the Abigail Ahern Debenham's collection launches on 1 September. It includes this schnauzer cushion. £40, and a rather fine hare table lamp, £85, debenhams.com

Dark side of the room

Abigail Ahern’s new range for Debenhams blends quirky animal life with darker tones. It isn’t what you’d call bright and breezy, says Trish Lorenz

Video: 170-year-old robotic sofa balances on one leg

'Balance from Within' uses satellite gyroscopes (and magnets) to keep itself together.

Lloyd Langford

My Edinburgh: Lloyd Langford on playing Russian roulette with luck at the Fringe

Upon arriving in Edinburgh for the Fringe, my show aside, my main concern is my accommodation. For performers, finding suitable accommodation for the festival is often a mixture of trial and error, following tip-offs and plain dumb luck.

'There should only be joy in decorating': Megan Morton on how to create the happiest of homes

The Australian interior designer, dubbed the "house whisperer", invites readers into her Sydney home in her new book, Things I Love

Dwell founder attacks former management

The founder of Dwell has attacked the failed furniture retailer’s previous management for leaving customers in a “terrible situation”.

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Paranoid parenting is on the rise

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We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

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The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

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20 best days out for the summer holidays

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