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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.

Luis Reece, the 22-year-old opener for Lancashire

On the Front Foot: Refurbishment of Old Trafford trying too hard to make point

One of the architectural questions of the age will be answered at the Third Test, which starts at Old Trafford on Thursday. Come the close of the first day, it should be known if there is a point to The Point.

(Top) Four-year-old twin girls Holly and Ella Smith, (Bottom from left) Reece Smith, 19, and Jordan Smith, aged two

Freckleton house fire: Teenager Dyson Allen guilty of killing four siblings in blaze

Four-year-old twins Holly and Ella Smith and their two-year-old brother Jordan were asleep as the fire took hold

General views of the Cuadrilla shale fracking facility in Preston, Lancashire, pictured here in 2012

Fracking controls 'removed in dash for unconventional energy resources'

Councils no longer able to investigate issues such as seismic activity, venting and potential impact on ground water supplies

Lynton Crosby, the Conservatives’ election strategist

After cigarette packs and alcohol prices, David Cameron now faces questions about Lynton Crosby and fracking

Prime Minister is under pressure over his strategist’s potential conflict of interest

Jeetan Patel’s four wickets helped Warwickshire wrap up the win

Warwickshire 463 & 180-6 Nottinghamshire 217 & 210: Champions' gamble pays off as Jeetan Patel keeps slim title hopes alive

Champions Warwickshire have left themselves with still plenty to do if they are to mount a successful defence of their title, but a comprehensive victory over Nottinghamshire will serve notice to those above them that they cannot be discounted.

Sir Bruce Keogh’s report: The 14 NHS trusts and their failings

Of the 14 trusts investigated by Sir Bruce Keogh’s team, all but Colchester, Dudley and Blackpool are now under special measures. However, the report outlined specific failings at all 14 trusts.

Stuart Hall was sent to jail after admitting a series of indecent assaults on girls as young as nine

Disgraced BBC presenter Stuart Hall faces five new sex abuse allegations

Five new claims, including the alleged rape of a 12-year-old girl, have now been made against the former presenter

Industry figures Lord Browne, Baroness Hogg, Sam Laidlaw, and Lord Howell all advise the government

Revealed: Fracking industry bosses at heart of coalition

Campaigners warn of potential conflicts of interest from energy-sector leaders advising on policy

Ricky Ponting celebrates his century

Ricky Ponting hits century in final first-class innings

The former Australia captain was playing for Surrey

William Gladstone in 1861

The 120-year-old dilemma that continues to haunt Westminster

It is a question that is over 120 years old but has yet to be solved. William Gladstone was the first to raise the conundrum of whether elected representatives should be able to vote on issues which would have no effect on the lives of their constituents. In 1886, the four-times Prime Minister, talking about issues raised by Irish home rule, said: “If Ireland is to have domestic legislation for Irish affairs they cannot come here for English or Scottish affairs”.

Roses game ends in tie as Yorkshire are denied victory by Lancashire

In a nail biting final over Yorkshire tied their Friends Life t20 game with Lancashire in front of a capacity crowd of 15,000 at Headingley.

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