News George Osborne has cautioned against 'self-defeating' minimum wage increases

Chancellor says he wants to see low-paid workers' earnings rising, but not at the cost of jobs

Album: Darker My Love, Alive As You Are (Dangerbird)

You'd never guess from Alive As You Are that Darker My Love's Tim Presley and Rob Barbato were once part of The Fall: this third album from their Los Angeles quintet shows that the kind of psychedelia they're interested in is not the garage psych-rock beloved of Mark E. Smith, but a more refined strain rooted in the sylvan harmonies and cosmic sentiments of West Coast alumni such as The Byrds and Grateful Dead.

Bought at a garage sale for $45, the photographs worth more than $200m

Rick Norsigian, a Californian antique buff, knew exactly what he was looking for when he went rooting through a Fresno garage in 2000. He was looking for a vintage barber's chair, to add to his eclectic collection of old telephone switchboards, petrol pumps and aeroplane propellers. But when the chair turned out to be a dud, he chanced upon something that changed his life: two boxes of antique glass negatives which, a Beverly Hills art appraiser declared yesterday, were the work of Ansel Adams, the father of American photography.

Man jailed for 30 years for lover's suitcase murder

An IT worker who killed a woman he met on the internet before emptying her bank account and dumping her body in a suitcase was jailed for life today.

Man quizzed over woman's body in car boot

A man was being questioned today over the murder of a woman who was found shot dead in the boot of a car.

Family slams Crown Office in axe killing case

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

Body of evidence: A radical new approach to forensic pathology

Virtual cadavers, needle-wielding robots – and not a scalpel in sight. Laura Spinney meets the research team behind the 'virtopsy', a radical new approach to forensic pathology

Morecambe and Wise: The Garage Tapes, Radio 4<br/>Pistols at Dawn, Radio 4

A hoard of early comedy sketches shows that later classics had a long gestation

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

Question: The survey on a home we're buying has just shown a likelihood of asbestos in the property and in the attached garage.

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'

If you ask me about making your own jam – it is "very back in fashion", according to a Sunday magazine – I will tell you that I've looked into it and have discovered that all you need are the following: jars, lids, thermometers, a funnel, a ladle (all sterilised), a preserving pan the size of a garage, oodles and oodles and oodles and oodles of fruit (with pith, stalks, leaves and pips removed) and something called "jam sugar" which isn't normal sugar, because it is jam sugar, and therefore the best sugar for jam.

Next and B&Q eye expansion after surprise surge in profits

Both chains also raise dividends for shareholders

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

Insurers paid out an estimated £2.85m in claims last month to people whose cars were damaged by potholes.

Pere Ubu, The Garage, London

He showed them who's the daddy

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

A year after the great Greek riots, the global economic crisis covers the blue Athenian sky like fog. Only four months after the election victory of the Socialist Party, which promised "better days", Greeks have suddenly realised they can't "live their myth" any more. The carefree days have passed, never to return. The future looks dim and uncertain. Disaster is at the gate.

Woman crashed through garage into river

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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