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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

How to get the look: Rain boots

Just what I was after for the office do.

Review: Meeting the Devil: A Book of Memoir from the London Review of Books

Trauma, illness and grim remembrance comprise this memoir collection – and that’s not to mention the genital warts

Brian O'Driscoll has another four months to set a new Irish appearances record

Ireland v New Zealand: Brian O’Driscoll will get no sentimental adieu from All Blacks

New Zealand within 80 minutes of finishing 2013 in the unbeaten

Nearly half UK children are so stressed they can’t sleep – and a quarter are worrying about careers

Forty five per cent of children aged between 10 and 14 say they’ve been too worried to sleep, while 60 per admit to feeling anxious or sad at least once a week, according to new research.

Flashback to August 2012: Adrian and Gillian Bayford celebrate winning the EuroMillions jackpot of over £148 million

£148m winners Adrian and Gillian Bayford announce marriage split a year after jackpot joy

He has left couple's mansion and moved into £500,000 house

Westlife's Kian Egan has emerged as an early rival for Joey Essex in the battle for the I'm A Celebrity crown

I'm A Celebrity 2013: Kian Egan tipped to rival Joey Essex for crown

Bookmakers have picked the Westlife singer as the most likely challenger

Typhoon Haiyan: British aid total tops £44m after celebrity telethon

Jamie Oliver and Amanda Holden were among the stars taking donations from callers

GTA 5 online updates: Beach Bum DLC pack and Casino Heist rumours

‘Opening Soon’ sign on already in-game casino is behind the rumours

Sam Bailey sings

The X Factor takes a patriotic twist with Sam Bailey covering The Beatles for British week

Who will be leaving the competition tomorrow?

Taquin Du Seuil (left) en route to beating Oscar Whisky at Cheltenham yesterday

Youthful Spirit mature enough to take Power

There can come a time in a young chaser’s career when everything is in place for the first big win. For Johns Spirit, Jonjo O’Neill’s attractively weighted runner in this afternoon’s Paddy Power Gold Cup, the centrepiece of Cheltenham’s three-day Open Meeting, that time is now.

Cory Allen, pictured during this year's Hong Kong Sevens, has been called up to face Argentina

Wales v Argentina: Sam Warburton pleased to see Cory Allen 'chucked in at the deep end'

Cardiff Blues man will make his debut against Argentina at outside centre due to an injury to Jonathan Davies

David Pipe's Standing Ovation looks set for a fifth win

Standing Ovation offers a fitting curtain-raiser for Cheltenham's Open Meeting

The first day of Cheltenham's Open Meeting features a race commemorating the owner who made the fixture's centrepiece his own for so long and the chaser who this autumn has come to represent his equine legacy.

Billionaire US art dealer Hillel “Helly” Nahmad admits to running $100m global gambling ring

Hillel 'Helly' Nahmad pleads guilty in Manhattan court to operating business catering for professional players, Wall Street financiers and celebrities

Tidal Bay won the bet365 Hurdle at Wetherby earlier this month

Tidal Bay at high water in Hennessy Gold Cup weights

Over the years Tidal Bay has drawn many less than complimentary opinions concerning his level of commitment to his vocation, but in the autumn of his career, revitalised since joining Paul Nicholls, he can now demand comparison with some of the stable's best.

India's Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director Ranjit Sinha addresses a press conference. He came under fire today for controversial comments regarding rape

India's top police official Ranjit Sinha apologises after 'if you can't prevent rape, you enjoy it' remark

Head of India's equivalent of the FBI comes under fire

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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

Can't find a card you like on the high street? Try one of these sites for individual, personalised options, whatever your taste
Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

The Reds are desperately missing Luis Suarez, says Ian Herbert
Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’
Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness