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A man who killed his wife in an axe attack "got away with murder", her family said today.

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House Doctor: My survey shows the house I'm buying has asbestos. Should I pull out of the deal?

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Deborah Ross: 'Making your own jam will save you having to go to the corner shop to buy it, which can take nearly two minutes'

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Both chains also raise dividends for shareholders

Insurers pay out &#163;2.85m a month in pothole claims

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Radio 4 to air Morecambe and Wise recordings found in garage

An unheard treasure trove of vintage recordings by comedy greats Morecambe and Wise is to be aired for the first time by Radio 4, it was announced today.

Nikolas Zirganos: They lived the myth through the boom years &ndash; then reality hit

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An elderly woman was rescued from her car after she crashed through a garage and into a river, police said today.

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