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A teenage boy was yesterday charged over online attacks by the international hacking gang Anonymous.

Student charged over Anonymous hacks

A British student was charged today over online attacks by international hacking gang Anonymous.

Northern England put on flood alert

A large swathe of northern England was put on flood alert today as a heavy band of rain threatened to cause disruption.

The tide is turning on the coast of coal

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Government names eight new sites for nuclear power plants

The Government is to press ahead with the biggest nuclear programme for a generation, announcing yesterday eight sites where new reactors are planned. Environmentalists denounced the move, but a review of the proposals after the Fukushima disaster in Japan concluded there was no risk of a similar accident occurring in Britain.

Man dies in early-morning blaze

A man was killed in a house fire in the early hours of this morning, police said.

Major incident as blast kills man

The emergency services launched a major incident operation after a man was blown up in his car today.

Crew rescued from swamped North Sea rig

Nineteen crew members were evacuated from a mobile rig in the North Sea today after becoming swamped by the rising tide, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said.

A local pub for local people: 'Micropubs' are catching on

Martyn Hillier didn't want to be a landlord. When he was told that he could turn his off-licence in the Kentish village of Herne into a pub, the 51-year-old was taken aback. "I thought: 'Pub? No, not for me,'" he says. "I never, ever wanted to run a pub."

Firm extends life of two nuclear power stations

Power firm British Energy today announced plans to extend the life of two of the UK's nuclear power stations for a further five years.

Man jailed after microwaving 'favourite' hamster

An unemployed construction worker who microwaved his favourite hamster to death was jailed for nine weeks today.

Mandy: If he was made of chocolate, he'd eat himself

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There's nowt grim about taking a break up north

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Dominic Lawson: Lord Mandelson makes the case for Divine Right

New Labour has amply demonstrated its unfitness for office over a dozen years

Business Diary: Repaying the good people of Hartlepool

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