News Governor Chris Christie cannot ignore the impact of ‘Bridgegate’

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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Roy Hodgson wants Rio Ferdinand (left) and Ashley Cole to put their differences behind them

Rio Ferdinand and Ashley Cole warned not to wreck England spirit

Roy Hodgson has left Rio Ferdinand and Ashley Cole in no doubt that the pair would have to put their feud behind them and ensure there was no "tension" now that the Manchester United defender has been recalled to the England squad.

Flashback to almost exactly five years ago when the Oscar Wilde ferry hit the Cherbourg key after breaking cables in a storm

After 20 hours stuck on storm-tossed seas before they docked, Channel ferry passengers are trapped because doors are stuck

Hundreds of passengers anxious to get off a stranded ferry have been forced to remain onboard at a French harbour as the ship's doors failed to open.

Travel agenda

Campervan weekends, Malawi, Paris by bike, cool sleeps, Harbour House, Cuban cruise, and trolley cases

Neil McCorkell: Hampshire cricketer from the 1930s to the 1950s

Neil McCorkell was a regular in the Hampshire cricket XI from 1932 to 1951, a quiet man of no great height who kept wicket and, for much of his career, opened the batting, a demanding combination in the six-day-a-week schedule of those years.

Cyclone Rusty heads for Australian north west

Australia's major iron ore port was shut down and residents along a remote stretch of the country's west coast ordered to take shelter as a powerful cyclone bore down on the region today, bringing drenching rains and lashing winds.

Lobbyists' demands were 'copied into law by MEPs'

Sensitive personal information risks being left vulnerable to hoarding and misuse by banks, retailers and insurance companies due to three British MEPs accused of directly inserting major firms’ suggestions into EU laws, according to privacy campaigners warning of the most intense lobbying effort ever seen in the European Parliament.

Declan Kidney keeps a watchful eye on Ireland in training

England contest could decide Declan Kidney's Ireland fate, as well as the Grand Slam

With his future tied to Ireland's fate in this Six Nations, coach Declan Kidney has stuck with his strongest hand for the potential Grand Slam decider with England on Sunday.

Rocks stars: An Eden of exotic vegetation on the Aeolian Islands

It had to be an island, but what we really wanted was Italy. The food, the heat, the Spirito di Punto. But Sicily and Sardinia were too big; Capri too crowded. And then I remembered the Aeolian Islands: eight specks of volcanic rock adrift in the Tyrrhenian Sea; often read about, but always just beyond reach.

The USS Guardian (R) at the Tubbataha reef after it ran aground, in western island of Palawan, while another US vessel stands by. The US Navy will have to break it into pieces and then move it

US Navy to scrap $277m warship grounded on Philippine reef

The US Navy plans to dismantle a $277m (£174m) minesweeper that ran aground on a coral reef off the Philippines because removing it intact would cause more damage to the reef and the hull.

Body found in search for boat missing in gale-force conditions off Devon coast

Rescuers searching for a missing fishing boat in gale-force conditions have found a body.

Man hailed as hero after rescuing baby boy who was blown into marina by strong winds

A heroic dock master has spoken of how he dived into freezing cold waters in Somerset to rescue a six-month-old baby boy after his buggy was blown in by strong winds.

River rescue fails to save canoeist

A canoeist died after being pulled from a river in a resuce operation yesterday. The man, in his 30s, became trapped in debris in the River Arkle in the Yorkshire Dales.

50 injured as New York commuter ferry crashes into dock

At least 50 people were injured, two critically, when a commuter ferry struck a dock in New York’s financial district during this morning’s rush hour.

Francesco Schettino, the captain of the Costa Concordia

Costa Concordia captain Francesco Schettino: I'm not as bad as Osama Bin Laden

Francesco Schettino, the captain who crashed the Costa Concordia liner into rocks off the Italian coast with the loss of 32 lives, has complained he has been depicted as “worse than Bin Laden”.

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