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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

Sheikh Mohammed launches internal investigation after police seize drugs from Dubai jet

British horse racing's governing body says there is no link between the seizure of unlicensed veterinary products reportedly from a Dubai government private jet and the doping-stained Godolphin racing operation run by the country's ruling monarch, Sheikh Mohammed.

The developers’ charter spells doom for our green spaces

This plan shows the government’s view of landscape as a commodity

Navy Vice Admiral Timothy Giardina, the second-in-command of the US nuclear arsenal, is the subject of an illegal gambling investigation into the use of counterfeit poker chips at an Iowa casino

American nuclear chief investigated over casino cheating

Navy Vice Admiral Timothy Giardina is accused of using counterfeit poker chips at an Iowa casino

Nicholas Barber's the Watch List: Vampire movies

In Runner Runner, Justin Timberlake loses a fortune playing online poker, and then flies off to confront the owner of the website, Ben Affleck. But perhaps he could have saved himself the trip if he’d watched a few poker films before logging on.

Doped: The 1960s Racehorse Doping Gang, by Jamie Reid

"He would, wouldn't he?" Mandy Rice-Davies famously remarked at the Old Bailey on 23 July 1963 when told that Lord Astor denied having sex with her. On the same day, an attractive 26-year-old Swiss woman, Micheline Lugeon, also appeared in court, at Brighton, charged with conspiring to dope racehorses.

Online woes spark another Ladbrokes profit warning

Ladbrokes shocked the City with its third profit warning of 2013 today as the bookmaker’s ailing online business lost yet more ground on its rivals.

Harry Goodwin photographed in 2010, holding a book celebrating his life's work

Harry Goodwin: Photographer acclaimed for his pictures of the stars of the 1960s and '70s

Harry Goodwin was the celebrity photographer who made his name with his pictures of virtually every major figure from the world of rock and pop during the 1960s and '70s during his decade-long residency at Top of the Pops.

Lady Cecil, centre, has Group One entries at Newmarket on Saturday

Lady Cecil commits to keeping flag flying at Warren Place

Lady Cecil has confirmed that she is to continue to train from Warren Place in Newmarket next season, planning to be active at the autumn sales and declaring that she would “love to win a Group One” – the traditional signal for the Cecil standard to be flown at the yard – next season.

Paolo Di Canio

Paolo Di Canio paid the price for his outdated style of management according to former Sunderland boss Steve Bruce

The Italian was sacked after just 13 games in charge of the Black Cats after a turbulent time in charge

2/1 for a 2:1? Ladbrokes to let students bet on their final marks

Ladbrokes is offering students the chance to gamble on a first when starting their degrees.

New iPhone apps read blood alcohol levels and hail taxis

Simple to use breathalyser gadgets will help combat drink driving

The smallest movements betray a winning hand, researchers found

Gamblers need poker arms, not a poker face, says study

Observers can make a correct judgement in just two seconds

Leading the home: Leading Light, ridden by Joseph O’Brien for his father, Aidan, keeps the field comfortably at bay as he wins the St Leger at Doncaster

Leading Light sets shining example

Jockey O’Brien rides the perfect race to bring his father a fourth St Leger triumph – a year late

Royal Mail sell-off to begin within weeks - but so will strikes

The Government came under fresh attack over its controversial plans for the Royal Mail as Business Secretary Vince Cable confirmed it will press ahead with privatising the service.

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Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project
Diana Krall: The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai

Diana Krall interview

The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai
Pinstriped for action: A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter

Pinstriped for action

A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter
Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: 'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'

Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: How we met

'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef serves up his favourite Japanese dishes

Bill Granger's Japanese recipes

Stock up on mirin, soy and miso and you have the makings of everyday Japanese cuisine
Michael Calvin: How we need more Eric Cantonas to knock some sense into us

Michael Calvin's Last Word

How we need more Eric Cantonas to knock some sense into us