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A look ahead to this weekend’s Divisional Playoff match at Gillette Stadium in New England

Great-grandmother beats the scientists

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OBITUARY : Shannon Hoon

The rock band Blind Melon's last show in Britain was at the Mean Fiddler club in London on 8 September. Shannon Hoon, the lead singer, appeared on stage wearing a false moustache and glasses, and a red, flashing clown's nose. He looked like a man with an insatiable lust for life. It is the image by which he will be best remembered.

Pesticides' global threat

Some of the most dangerous environmental pollutants have been found in the some of remotest parts of the world, from the Arctic to the Equator, writes Steve Connor.

Obituary: Orville Redenbacher

Orville Redenbacher, agricultural scientist; born Brazil, Indiana 1909; married (two daughters); died Coronado, California 19 September 1995.

BAA spreads wings in Indianapolis

BAA yesterday signed a management contract to run Indianapolis airport in the US, and said its ambitions to expand in Australia could cost up to pounds 300m.

Let the cyber-guardians wade through the rubbish

They've already trawled the whole Net for you - and they'll post you the results on free e-mailing lists. Subscribe, advises Andrew North

Merger of US banks to form $120bn colossus

Consolidation among American banks moved up another gear yesterday with the announcement of an agreed mega-merger between First Chicago Corp and NBD Corp. The completed deal would forge a Midwestern banking colossus with $120bn in assets.

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Lugar joins presidential hopefuls

Lugar joins presidential hopefuls

Boxing: Tyson fuels bid for early release

Mike Tyson, the former heavyweight champion, has improved his chances of an early release from prison. Tyson is at present serving a six-year sentence for rape at the Indiana Youth Centre in Plainfield and is scheduled for release next May. However, he has just completed a six-week substance-abuse counselling programme, the completion of which Indiana law states qualifies an inmate for early release. Among the reasons why an earlier petition had been unsuccessful was his failure to complete any such programme.

Good Answers: Verbatim erudition

AROUND 300BC, Romans ceased wearing beards, writes William Hartston. Indeed, the first Roman known to have shaved daily was Scipio Africanus (237-183BC). That is the sort of thing you learn from reading Verbatim, the Language Quarterly, published in Indianapolis.

Boxing: Lawyers deny Tyson 'deal': Rumour of former champion's early release knocked down

RUMOURS that Mike Tyson, the world former heavyweight champion, might get out of jail early appeared yesterday to be ill-founded.

Motor racing: Mansell not quick enough

Nigel Mansell went out late in the qualifying session for a desperate attempt to take pole position for today's Milwaukee Mile but the best he could do was a lap four-tenths of a second slower than the Brazilian Raul Boesel, writes Toni Toomey. In a tight session only half a second covered the top 10 qualifiers, which did not include Al Unser Jnr. He maintained something of a tradition for Indianapolis 500 winners by lapping the one-mile circuit at the Wisconsin State Fairgrounds well off the pace.
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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

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In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

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People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

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Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

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Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
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Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

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Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas