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Good Samaritan is believed to have been involved in a collision after going to help a man who jumped

Olympic spectators braced for return of wet weather

Olympic spectators are bracing themselves for the return of more wet weather today.

Six jailed for insider dealing

Six men were jailed for between 18 months and three-and-a-half years today for their part in an insider dealing ring at major investment banks, the Financial Services Authority (FSA) said.

Tony Bushby jailed for Boxing Day murder of girlfriend Catherine Wynter

A teenager who stabbed his girlfriend to death on Boxing Day as she babysat two young children was jailed for life with a minimum 25-year term today, Hertfordshire Police said.

Gianfranco Zola has been confirmed as the new manager of Watford

Zola confirmed as Watford manager

Gianfranco Zola has been confirmed as the new manager of Watford following their takeover by the Italian Pozzo family. The 45-year-old former Chelsea player and West Ham manager has signed a two-year contract and replaces the recently dismissed Sean Dyche.

Market hunt for £63.8m winner

Lottery organisers hit the streets yesterday as they stepped up the hunt for a mystery millionaire.

Lib Dems suffer landslide defeat in County Durham by-election

Liberal Democrats went down to a landslide defeat in the latest council by-elections on one of the biggest swings since they formed the coalition Government with the Tories.

M25 widening work is finally completed

Two widening schemes on Britain's busiest motorway were completed today after three years of work.

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Hosepipe bans to be lifted at last ... but floods are set to stay

Millions see the end of the 'drought' as yet another severe weather warning is issued

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John Terry provides fitness boost for England

The Football Association have confirmed their entire 23-man squad, including John Terry, will be on the plane that leaves Luton Airport for their Euro 2012 mission this afternoon.

England celebrate Welbeck's goal against Belgium

England cannot outplay elite teams, warns Gareth Southgate

As England fly to Euros today, FA director says being hard to beat is best they can hope for

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is being encouraged to gamble on the ball

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain shows the courage to fail

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain looked a little out of his depth as he chugged across the 17th fairway of the Grove Hotel's championship golf course in a buggy in search of a lost ball last Wednesday. Your correspondent sensed a result when something white and spherical glinted in the general vicinity – but not the Arsenal player's ball, it transpired. "Sorry Alex," the conversation wound up. "My fault for shanking it," he replied.

Osprey spreads its wings in California

Rich Californian shoppers are a target for the British-based upmarket handbag and accessories business Osprey London.

Where most royalists will raise a toast...

Is Hertfordshire the most patriotic place in the country?

Police seize £4m in fake coins

Fake coins totalling £4.1m in value have been discovered in a freight container, a haul that Scotland Yard believes is the biggest of its kind to ever be found in the UK.

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Former Dr Feelgood splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

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
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

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Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
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Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
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Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
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Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

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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11 best sonic skincare brushes

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How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
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Lost in translation: Western monikers

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
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

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KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker
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'Renée Zellweger's real crime was to age'

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Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

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Thousands of teenagers to visit battlefields of the First World War in new Government scheme

Pupils to visit First World War battlefields

A new Government scheme aims to bring the the horrors of the conflict to life over the next five years