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The Pennsylvania Casino have denied claims that there may be snakes inside the building following posts on social media of a snake bite

The many faces of Labour leader Ed Miliband

PMQs: 50 Shades of Miliband – loud Ed is dead, red Ed is dormant. Long live quiet Ed!

A less doggish approach works well for the Labour leader. Let's hope he sticks with it

Forcing children to kiss family members 'could affect their sexual development'

Sex Education Forum chief also warns quality of teaching in schools 'a lottery'

Tipple of laughter: Greg Davies as Jennitta Bishard in 'This Is Jinsy'

This Is Jinsy: Comedy gold on fantasy island

Cult sitcom This Is Jinsy has attracted TV's biggest names. Gerard Gilbert visits the surreal show's creators on set

Irish trainer Willie Mullins must choose between several Festival targets for Annie Power, pictured

Willie Mullins aims to find Annie Power’s real strengths

Annie Power, unbeaten in eight starts, goes on trial at Cheltenham on Wednesday in the Dornan Engineering Hurdle, but nobody seems really sure which Festival race she is on trial for.

Marvin Martinez found the ticket while working near his home

Landscaper collects half a million pound winnings from lottery ticket he found on the floor

A man has collected his prize money one year after discovering a lottery scratch card worth half a million pounds in a pile of leaves.

What the Sunday papers said

Independent on Sunday: IT firms lose billions after NSA scandal

American technology firms have lost billions of dollars of business from Asia in the wake of the National Security Agency scandal. Financial filings from IBM and Cisco reveal the two have seen sales slump by more than $1.7bn (£1.03bn) year-on-year in the key Asia-Pacific region as governments and businesses shun American IT firms.

Letters: Seasteads - islands of hubris and exploitation

These letters were published in the 30th December edition of the Independent

Gerardo Gamboa who handed in $300,000 found in the back of his taxi

Las Vegas taxi driver finds - and hands in - $300,000 left on his backseat

A Las Vegas taxi driver proved it is the season of goodwill - after he handed in $300,000 left in the back of his cab.

Silviniaco Conti turns tables on Cue Card to restore Nicholls’ King George crown

Another day, another race. Silviniaco Conti, only third behind Cue Card when the pair met in the Betfair Chase at Haydock last month, took glorious revenge yesterday in the second of the domestic season’s four top-level staying chases, the King George VI Chase at Kempton. And the seven-year-old’s three-and-a-half-length defeat of his rival has sent him to the head of the market for the third, and most important, the Cheltenham Gold Cup itself.

King George VI Chase: Long Run has the stamina to trump Cue Card

Conventional racing wisdom has it that speed, rather than an abundance of stamina, is the most important attribute in a potential King George VI Chase winner, hence the proliferation of specialists over shorter distances than three miles lining up at Kempton on Boxing Day.

Graeme Swann announces his decision to retire from international and first-class cricket

Ashes 2013-14: Graeme Swann denies those 'up their own backsides' are among the England side

The retired spin bowler appeared to be taking a swipe at the team he leaves behind in Australia

Two women display 'El Gordo' lottery tickets on their bodies as they wait for the beginning of the draw at Madrid's Teatro Real

Spain's El Gordo lottery: Fat chance or a ticket out of economic turmoil?

The world’s biggest lottery saw millions in the cash-strapped country hoping for a big win

Strictly Come Dancing 2013: Abbey Clancy crowned champion as more than 12m watch the final

Final of the BBC1 dance contest pulled in its lowest ratings for a final for four years

Dopers, nobblers, dibbers and dobbers: 2013 in sports books

A high proportion of the standout books of 2013 deal with dirty dealings of one kind or another. Then again, as Mike Rowbottom points out in Foul Play: The Dark Arts of Cheating in Sport (Bloomsbury, £12.99), athletes have sought an illegal edge since ancient Greece. His excursion into the grey areas of sport’s moral maze is illuminating and entertaining, if somewhat disheartening.

Gordon Elliott can win The Ladbroke, for the second year running, with Flaxen Flare at Ascot

Ascot: Big Buck’s looms large as stayers cross swords

While At Fishers Cross and Reve De Sivola do battle for the Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot today, one cannot get away from the sense that the most significant action in their staying hurdlers’ category took place in a training spin at Exeter on Thursday.

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Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

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Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

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The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

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'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

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His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
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12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
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How to make a Lego masterpiece

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Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

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Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

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