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Colorado officials replace '420' mile marker with 419.99 to deter marijuana-minded thieves

The number 420 has been long associated with cannabis use

National Crime Agency reins in attempts to seize tycoon Israel Perry’s assets

The new National Crime Agency is facing a major embarrassment after it abandoned most of its attempts to seize the UK and US assets of Israel Perry, the Israeli tycoon who is also suing the agency for £10m for compensation of losses allegedly caused by the lawsuit.

Review: 'The Lie' by Helen Dunmore

A Great War novel that traverses themes of delayed trauma and survivor guilt

Paul Redd-Butterfield, second left, and his husband Tony Butterfield cook dinner with their adopted 11 year-old twin sons Lucas, left, and Liam at their home in Sandy, Utah. Paul and Tony were legally married in 2013. The US Government said it will recognise same-sex marriages in Utah even though the state itself will not.

US federal government to recognise gay marriage in Utah even though state will not

Same-sex marriages will be considered legal and couples can claim benefits

House of Lords warned not to 'ignore the public's wishes' on EU referendum debate

The House of Lords has been warned that it would be “ignoring” the wishes of ordinary people if it blocks a referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU.

Two out of five marriages end in divorce but filling in the paperwork wrong can prove very costly

Anything that makes divorce harder gets my vote

For the sake of their children, parents must try hard to stick together

G4S and Serco could have to pay the government between £3m and £4m in rebates for 'poor performance'

G4S and Serco face £4million penalty over 'substandard' accommodation for asylum seekers

Asylum seekers are being crammed into overcrowded and substandard accommodation by G4S and Serco, according to a watchdog.

New Jersey governor Chris Christie fires top aide in 'bridge-gate' scandal

Embattled New Jersey governor Chris Christie has fired one of his top aides, who allegedly engineered traffic jams on a New York bridge to punish a political opponent.

A logical conclusion for the arch critics of censorship

How to stop children easily accessing legal internet pornography poses a dilemma for the Liberal Democrats that it doesn’t for any other British political party.

Goggins: he served in the Home Office and Northern Ireland Office

Paul Goggins: Respected and admired Labour MP whose politics and social activism were fuelled by his Roman Catholic faith

The unusually subdued and non-partisan mood that came over MPs during Wednesday's Prime Minister's Questions was partly attributable to the shock caused by the early death of the conscientious and popular Labour MP, Paul Goggins. "He was a kind, brilliant man who believed profoundly in public service," David Cameron told the House, while Ed Miliband described him as "someone of the deepest principle."

Rev Ian Paisley has moderated his views on certain issues in older age

Cameron was right to 'tell the truth' on Bloody Sunday: Introducing an older, more mellow Rev Ian Paisley

The former firebrand was looked back on his 60-year career in politics during a series of interviews with the BBC

Up to 40,000 people could have been wrongly identified as eligible for the so-called 'bedroom tax'

'Up to 40,000' people wrongly identified as eligible for 'bedroom tax' – and may have already been forced to move

Up to 40,000 people could have been wrongly identified as eligible for the so-called “bedroom tax”, according to a report.

A crowded sales counter at a marijuana retailer in Denver

Colorado cannabis store sales believed to have exceed $5m in first week

If correct, at least $1m of this revenue is destined for the state’s tax coffers - to be spent on the state’s schools, roads and other public projects

Voices in Danger: For putting on a play, Carlos Santos was tortured by an El Salvador death squad

“I still have the scars on my hands from when I was hung from the roof”

Burnt out cars lie in the road after riots on Tottenham High Road on August 7, 2011

Reaction from the streets of Tottenham: ‘There will be plenty more Mark Duggans. He won’t be the last’

On the streets of Tottenham, it seemed almost everyone knew Mark Duggan somehow – though most only through friends of friends. His death and the subsequent riots that swept the country have not been forgotten.

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Vanity project on a high-speed track to nowhere

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Alexander Armstrong on insulting Mary Berry and his love of 'Bargain Hunt'

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Sanchez helps Gunners hold on

Olivier Giroud's moment of madness nearly costs them
A Christmas without hope: Fears grow in Gaza that the conflict with Israel will soon reignite

Christmas without hope

Gaza fears grow that conflict with Israel will soon reignite
After 150 years, you can finally visit the grisliest museum in the country

The 'Black Museum'

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No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

Doctor Who Christmas Special TV review
Chilly Christmas: Swimmers take festive dip for charity

Chilly Christmas

Swimmers dive into freezing British waters for charity
Veterans' hostel 'overwhelmed by kindness' for festive dinner

Homeless Veterans appeal

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
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'
He's behind you, dude!

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

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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