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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

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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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Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

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Russell Brand's interview with Ed Miliband has got everyone talking about The Trews

Everyone is talking about The Trews

Russell Brand's 'true news' videos attract millions of viewers. But today's 'Milibrand' interview introduced his resolutely amateurish style to a whole new crowd
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

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Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before
'Queer saint' Peter Watson left his mark on British culture by bankrolling artworld giants

'Queer saint' who bankrolled artworld giants

British culture owes a huge debt to Peter Watson, says Michael Prodger
Pushkin Prizes: Unusual exchange programme aims to bring countries together through culture

Pushkin Prizes brings countries together

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Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The acceptable face of the Emirates

The acceptable face of the Emirates

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