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Six NHS trusts have “persistently” high death rates for patients who die in hospital or within 30 days of discharge, according to new data.

Anne Kirkbride, who as Deirdre Barlow is on-screen wife to William Roache's character Ken Barlow, Chris Gascoyne - his son Peter Barlow in the ITV soap - and actress Helen Worth, who plays Gail Platt, are expected to give evidence in Roache's defence

William Roache trial: Deirdre Barlow actor says he was a 'perfect gentleman'

The Coronation Street actor William Roache always behaved impeccably in the company of young women, Anne Kirkbride, who plays his on-screen wife Deirdre Barlow, has told a court.

Four bedroom flat to rent in Marchmont Road, Edinburgh EH9. On with Grant Property for £900 pcm (£208 pw)

London rents are more than double the rest of the UK

The most popular region to rent a property in the UK in 2013 was Aberdeen

Cuadrilla operated drill site in Balcombe, West Sussex. The company has withdrawn applications for permits to frack in Lancashire

Caudrilla withdraws applications to frack in Lancashire after encountering problems with radioactive waste disposal

Cuadrilla, the fracking company responsible for a series of earth tremors around Blackpool in 2011, has withdrawn applications for permits to frack in Lancashire after problems surfaced relating to the disposal of radioactive waste.

Former Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans leaves Preston Crown Court after his pre-trial hearing to face charges of sexual assault on January 24, 2014 in Preston, Lancashire.

Former deputy speaker pleads not guilty to all sex offence charges

The Conservative MP resigned as Commons deputy speaker after he was charged in September

Andy Reid celebrates during Nottingham Forest's 5-0 FA Cup win over West Ham

FA Cup: Nottingham Forest v Preston match preview

A look ahead to this week’s FA Cup fourth round match at City Ground

View of Bavaro beach, in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, where two schoolmates from a Lancashire boarding school ran away to in mid-January

Lancashire boarding school runaways found safe and well in the Caribbean

Edward Bunyan and Indira Gainiyeva disppeared from Stonyhurst boarding school early on Monday 13 January.

Caribbean castaway: the British Virgin Islands

Two teenagers run off to the Caribbean? Well, good for them!

At sixteen the challenge is as much about earning life experience as anything else

Steven Finn has returned to the UK from England's Tour of Australia

Steven Finn hoping to draw inspiration from teammates James Anderson and Stuart Broad in hope of an England return

Finn returned home from Australia after failing to make an appearance due to concerns over his bowling technique

Coronation Street actor William Roache arrives at Preston Crown Court for the third day of his trial in Preston, Lancashire.

William Roache trial: Coronation Street star 'raped 15-year-old girl in his two homes', trial hears

The Coronation Street actor William Roache was “cold and calculated” when he pushed a 15-year-old girl on to a bed before raping her, jurors were told.

Teenagers who complained about Lancashire's 'cold and rainy' weather run away from Clitheroe boarding school and fly to Dominican Republic

The two 16-year-olds are known to have taken a taxi to Manchester airport and are thought to have then caught a flight to the Caribbean island

Actor William Roache arrives at court in Preston

William Roache trial: Coronation Street actor ‘sexually abused 14-year-old fan in his Rolls-Royce’

Mr Roache denies five counts of indecent assault and two counts of rape between 1965 and 1971

Andy McSmith's Diary: David Cameron tussles with ancestors, A-roads and Aziz

Given how sensitive David Cameron is to the accusation that he is a “posh boy”, he is not going to be pleased when he opens the current edition of The Spectator, in which his father-in-law, William Astor, revisits the family link to the old Profumo scandal.

Margaret Rigby, girl guide

Page 3 Profile: Margaret Rigby, girl guide

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Sammy Taylor: Left-winger who helped Preston North End give Wolves a run for their money at the top of the table

Sammy Taylor was an industrious imp of a footballer, a goal-scoring winger who prospered with Preston North End during the best years of their modern history in the late 1950s, when twice they entertained hopes of winning the League. Had he been born half a century later, he would surely have accumulated a substantial collection of Scottish caps. As it was, the irrepressibly chirpy little fellow from the Gorbals district of Glasgow found himself stymied internationally by the exploits of such illustrious rival flankmen as Gordon Smith, Alex Scott, Graham Leggat and Tommy Ring.

Trio return for England women's Ashes defence

Katherine Brunt, Heather Knight and Anya Shrubsole return from injury to feature in the England squad for the defence of the women's Ashes in Australia in the new year.

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there