News Danny Cousins, 21, and his 66-year-old father, Mick, are sharing a one-bed flat in Luton while Danny saves for a house

Official figures show Britain now has more than 3m ‘boomerangers’, and it’s getting worse

Ian Bell is expected to recover from tonsillitis in time to play for England in the second Test against New Zealand

Ian Bell to recover in time to play for England in the second Test against New Zealand

Ian Bell is expected to recover from tonsillitis in time to play for England in the second Test against New Zealand starting on Friday.

Flashback to 17 April when massive explosion rocked West, Texas fertilizer plant

One month on, arson remains a focus for Texas blast investigators

But they cannot eliminate plant's electrical system or electric cart as potential causes

Firefighter conduct search and rescue of an apartment destroyed by the explosion

Texas explosion: Biblical scene of destruction on Waco’s doorstep

Another tragedy strikes Texas town as explosion at fertiliser plant kills up to 15 and flattens landscape

Gravely ill woman who ran away from home should not be reunited with family, court rules

Court of Protection rules 64-year-old's decision must be respected, 'terribly sad though that be'

Care home worker arrested over murder of resident in Manchester

A member of staff at a care home has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of a 73-year-old resident.

The author’s mother, Doris, around the time of her marriage in 1940

Even mums don't last for ever

David Randall on the phone call that meant his childhood was finally over

Stafford nurse refused to lift 'naughty little monkey', tribunal told

A senior nurse in a scandal-hit hospital told a seriously ill elderly woman patient she was a “naughty little monkey” and refused to help lift her from a wheelchair on to a bed, a tribunal heard today.

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Iris isn't sure she really wants to inherit the old house. But it's been left to her by her grandmother, Bertha, so after the old lady's funeral, when her mother and aunts have gone back to their lives, Iris moves in. Temporarily, at least.

Actor Timothy West

Timothy West: Film roles for pensioners shouldn't just be about old people's homes

Timothy West has warned that older actors are still being typecast despite a raft of new films featuring them.

Distinctive BBC radio announcers Patricia Hughes dies aged 90

One of the BBC's most distinctive radio announcers Patricia Hughes has died at the age of 90, the corporation said today.

Rachel Joyce: Morality tale celebrates the kindness of strangers

Paperback review: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, By Rachel Joyce

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Sydney 2012: a new strain of norovirus blamed for most winter vomiting cases

A new strain of norovirus has been responsible for the majority of recent cases of the winter vomiting bug, health experts said.

Norovirus the food poisoning bug that causes violent stomach flu

Revealed: 100,000 were struck down with vomiting bug over Christmas

Around 100,000 people were struck down with the winter vomiting bug over Christmas, latest figures suggested as it emerged the number of confirmed cases was 72% higher than this time last year.

Norovirus the food poisoning bug that causes violent stomach flu

Norovirus: Vomiting bug cases are up by 80 per cent

The number of laboratory-confirmed cases of norovirus is 83 per cent higher than the same time last year

Care home directors and owners to be made criminally liable for abuse

The new plans could lead to fines – or even prison sentences – for directors who fail to safeguard vulnerable patients in homes which they run

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The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
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Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
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You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

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Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
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Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

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