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Lying low as the lane closure storm blows all about him hasn’t really been an option for New Jersey’s Chris Christie, least of all today. His diary said “State of the State”, the speech every Governor must give at the start of each year just as the President must give the State of the Union. There was no ducking it. 

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Hacking trial: Jury sees CCTV footage of a “complicated and risky plan” to keep evidence out of police hands

CCTV footage of a "complicated and risky plan" involving the husband of Rebekah Brooks and News International security men allegedly trying to ensure that material was kept out of the reach of police, has been shown to the phone hacking trial at the Old Bailey.

Rory McIlroy takes part in a PR stunt ahead of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship

Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship: Rory McIlroy claims to be 'smarter' having learned from previous distractions

The Northern Irishman says Caroline Wozniacki 'is the right girl for me' following their recent engagement

New Jersey governor Chris Christie fires top aide in 'bridge-gate' scandal

Embattled New Jersey governor Chris Christie has fired one of his top aides, who allegedly engineered traffic jams on a New York bridge to punish a political opponent.

Chatham dockyard's bid for Unesco World Heritage Site status is blocked

Kent dockyard loses out to Lake District national park as UK's next world heritage site

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As the UK counts down to midnight, countries around the world have been ringing in the New Year with a series of dazzling firework displays.

Man killed in 'suspicious' incident on Christmas Eve

One man was killed and another injured in an incident late on Christmas Eve.

The HM Naval Base in Portsmouth dockyard

Ian Burrell on Portsmouth hometown: Scuttling of 800-year-old institution is shameful

Most locals knew someone who worked there. Ian Burrell recalls growing up close to the dockyard

Argo Group Gold Cup: Ben Ainslie yields top place to Francesco Bruni

So near and yet so far, Britain’s Olympic sailing supremo Sir Ben Ainslie, four golds and a silver, had to give best to the first Italian winner of the Argo Group Gold Cup, winner of the penultimate Alpari World Match Racing Tour grand prix, Francesco Bruni.

Adoring fans greet Prince Harry in Sydney for Australian Navy commemorations

Harry met with Australia's newly-elected Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his family during the visit

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Bear Grylls grilled by council over cliffside slide

A slide pinned to a cliff face that shoots users into the sea – as long as the tide is in – has landed adventurer Bear Grylls in hot water.

Rebel Wilson's favourite One Direction member is Harry Styles

Rebel Wilson's One Direction joke cut from Teen Choice Awards

Aussie actress defends 'pretty funny joke'

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The Southwest Airlines plane sits on the tarmac as passengers disembark at LaGuardia airport, New York

10 passengers hurt as landing gear collapses and Flight 345 'nosedives' on to runway at New York LaGuardia airport

Passengers and crew escape with minor injuries after landing incident

The deserted telegraphy office in Mumbai where telegrams were processed and filed

Silence of the ’grams: India’s telegraph offices go quiet after 160 years

India’s telegram service has been withering for decades, to the extent that yesterday the last private messages were sent more than 160 years after the first. Yet for 24 hours it was like the good old days as hundreds of people visited the country’s 75 offices to send their final missives to friends and family, and staff holidays were cancelled to meet the demand.

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The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
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The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
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The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
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Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
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Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
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