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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.

Police seize £12m worth of cocaine in Essex

Police have seized around £12 million worth of cocaine following a six-month investigation into the "top echelon" of organised crime.

Former England international keeper Paul Robinson

Blackburn goalkeeper Paul Robinson has blood clot on lung

Blackburn Rovers goalkeeper Paul Robinson will be out of action for six months as a result of a blood clot in a lung.

Carbon monoxide poisoning suspected as police name mother and daughter who died in Lake Windermere boating tragedy

Police have named a mother and daughter who died in a Bank Holiday boating tragedy on Lake Windermere.

Ian Holloway: Blackpool’s former manager saw his new side suffer a third defeat in a row

Blackpool 1 Crystal Palace 0 match report: Matt Phillips leaves it late to ruin Ian Holloway's return

There was no joyous ovation, no mention of him over the PA and little interaction with the home support – it was as if Ian Holloway had never set foot inside Bloomfield Road before.

Engineers working on the drilling platform of the Cuadrilla shale fracking facility in Preston, Lancashire

Gas extracted by fracking in Britain could fuel British homes within three years

Energy chief believes controversial method will safeguard supply

‘I didn’t see it coming,’ admitted Gianfranco Zola of the equaliser

Watford 3 Burnley 3: match report - Zola puzzled by Watford wobble at the vital time

Watford's chances of promotion to the Premier League may have seemed strong a month ago but they are now in danger of unravelling in front of Gianfranco Zola's eyes after this latest wobble.

Snow in Sheffield

Whatever happened to spring sunshine?

March's dismal weather has been breaking records. David Randall reports on the disruption and chaos that have hit most of Britain

Gills’ Leon Legge wins a header

Gillingham 1 Accrington Stanley 0 match report: Matt Fish breathes life into Gills to stretch lead

Gillingham's League Two promotion charge stays on course, but Accrington's survival is in doubt

Horsemeat is very popular in several European countries

100kg of horsemeat sells as beef, including at shop just up the road from Aintree racecourse

Horsemeat weighing 100kg (220lb) and falsely labelled as beef has been identified by council officials, with 40kg (88lb) of it already sold to the public.

Hundreds of Newcastle United fans accused of causing trouble before controversial Wigan Athletic game

The fans disrupted amateur matches near the DW Stadium

Sex change teacher found dead

A primary school teacher in the early stages of a sex change has been found dead just weeks after it was announced he would be starting the spring term as a woman.

Glenn Keeley holds aloft the Full Members Cup in 1987

Glenn Keeley: This would beggar belief – if the same thing didn't keep happening over and over at Blackburn

Michael Appleton was sacked yesterday, just 67 days after being given the job

Top: the instrument alleged to have belonged to Titanic band leader Wallace Hartley who died when the ship sank. Bottom: the ocean liner which sank on its maiden voyage after hitting and iceberg

Authenticity row erupts after violin played moments before the Titanic sank is 'discovered'

The instrument, alleged to have belonged to band leader Wallace Hartley and to have been strapped to his chest when he was plucked from the sea, is set to be auctioned. But the Titanic Historical Society has questioned its origins

Capable of 'work-related activity': Partially blind Thalidomide victim with brain tumour fights Atos decision to force her to attend interviews and put together CV

A Thalidomide victim with a brain tumour who is blind in one eye and has trouble walking is battling against a decision by Atos that she is capable of “work related activity”.

A view of CSI vans at the Jamea Al Kauthar school in Lancaster, following the arrests of three men over claims of sexual assault and false imprisonment

Three held over claims of sexual assault and false imprisonment at Islamic girls school

Searches are continuing within the grounds of an Islamic school for girls as police investigate claims of sexual assault and false imprisonment.

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Fifa corruption: Strip Qatar of the World Cup? Not likely

Strip Qatar of the World Cup? Not likely

But if a real smoking gun is found, that might change things, says Tom Peck
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Twenty two years on, Jurassic Park faces questions over accuracy
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The inside story of how Bill Clinton built a $2bn global foundation...

... and how it may undermine Hillary's chances in 2016
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Mother’s genes play key role in decision to start a family

Study's findings suggest that human fertility is still evolving
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Rafa Benitez Real Madrid unveiling: New manager full of emotion at Bernabeu homecoming

Benitez full of emotion at Bernabeu homecoming

There were tears in the former Liverpool manager’s eyes as he was unveiled as Real Madrid coach. But the Spaniard knows he must make tough decisions if he is to succeed
England can win the Ashes – and Elvis Presley will present the urn

England can win the Ashes – and Elvis will present the urn

In their last five Test, they have lost two and drawn two and defeated an India side last summer who thought that turning up was competing, says Stephen Brenkley
Sepp Blatter resignation: The beginning of Fifa's long road to reform?

Does Blatter's departure mean Fifa will automatically clean up its act?

Don't bet on it, says Tom Peck
Charles Kennedy: The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

Charles Kennedy was consistently a man of the centre-left, dedicated to social justice, but was also a champion of liberty and an opponent of the nanny-state, says Baroness Williams
Syria civil war: The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of this endless conflict

The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of Syria's endless civil war

Sahar Qanbar lost her mother and brother as civilians and government soldiers fought side by side after being surrounded by brutal Islamist fighters. Robert Fisk visited her
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William Shemin and Henry Johnson: Jewish and black soldiers receive World War I Medal of Honor amid claims of discrimination

Recognition at long last

Jewish and black soldiers who fought in WWI finally receive medals after claims of discrimination
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