UK braced for yet more flooding with 76 serious flood warnings in place, including 13 in already-saturated Yorkshire

Majority of flood warnings in York and surrounding villages

Man held as two men die in crash

A woman has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving after two men were killed in a car crash.

Two killed after car hits tree

Two people were killed and another was injured after a car left the road and hit a tree.

75-year-old woman dies after ambulance taking her to hospital crashes

A Lincolnshire Police spokesman confirmed the ambulance had left the road and ended up in a ditch off the A16

The sun rises over Tynemouth beach after a covering of snow

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The cold snap gripping Europe shows no sign of letting up as the UK braces itself for snow next week.

Daniel Day-Lewis, center, as Abraham Lincoln, in a scene from the film, 'Lincoln'

Steven Spielberg's Lincoln captures why we love politics

It's widely said that Daniel Day Lewis is the greatest screen actor of his generation. It's also widely said that Abraham Lincoln is the greatest President in American history. Is there any relationship between these ostensibly disparate points? The New York Times' peerless David Brooks thinks so.

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Having been rather busy on the campaign trail up until last week, it's understandable that America's First Lady Michelle Obama is keen to curl up on the sofa with her hubby and a decent box set. She was so desperate to know what happens in Julian Fellowes' hit series Downton Abbey that she wrote to ITV1 requesting to see Series Three before it airs in America on 6 January next year.

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Anyone who has spent time in the US is aware of the dangers of politicised policing

'Massive discrepancy' in UK broadband speeds revealed as slowest and fastest streets are named

Broadband users in one road suffer a download speed 500 times slower than those in a street enjoying the UK's fastest speed, a study has found.

The Forestry Commission warned ministers that funding cuts would leave them unable to deal with the costs of disease, months before ash dieback was found

Deadly ash disease found in Essex and Kent woodlands

Tree-killing spores may have been carried by winds from Europe, say government scientists

Sack race: Mark Hughes is favourite for chop, with Brian McDermott and Nigel Adkins close

Who will still have his job in two weeks' time?

In November chairmen look at League positions and work out how much relegation will cost, so managers are in the firing line

Stephen Barnes: “We fear the worst but we still hope that he has survived”

French search for missing schoolboy Pierre Barnes is scaled back

The search for a British schoolboy who disappeared on a holiday island off the south of France has been scaled down.

This year ’s British Matchplay Scrabble Championships were played out over the three days of the Bank Holiday weekend

Quaazy, zowpig and splawder: Scrabble plans to include English regional terms in dictionary

Scrabble lovers could soon be racking up double-digit scores with words like quaazy, zowpig and splawder.

Stephen Barnes: “We fear the worst but we still hope that he has survived”

Pierre Barnes: Fears for missing British boy on French island

Searches continued tonight for a 12-year-old British boy who disappeared during a bicycle ride in high winds on a tiny French Mediterranean island.

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