5, 4, 3, 2, 1... Thunderbirds are go all over again

The Thunderbirds are go! Again. And with strings attached – or not, as the case may be.

Ohio: Boy, 10, 'shot his mother after row'

A ten-year old boy suspected of shooting dead his mother may have argued with her beforehand about whether to carry firewood into the home, a sheriff's deputy said.

Man dies in bungalow fire

An investigation was under way today into the cause of a New Year's Eve house fire which left a man dead.

Christmas gift guide: Home helpers

Stunning pieces to transform any interior

Complaints mount over Canvas launch

Project Canvas, the initiative designed to bring internet TV into the living room, faces further pressure after a fifth complaint emerged, calling for it to be probed by the regulators.

Spotify signs deal to bring its service to the living room

Spotify has signed a deal to take its music-streaming service beyond the PC and into every room in the house, in a move to encourage more customers to pay for a monthly subscription.

'Recluse' stabbed mother 80 times

A "reclusive" teenager stabbed his mother to death at their family home, then called emergency services saying: "I have killed my mum", a court heard.

Tinkers, By Paul Harding

Tinkers, a first novel by Paul Harding, was the surprise literary success of 2009 in the US. Rejected by several major houses, it was published by a small independent, and went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Perhaps the biggest surprise is the nature of the book that has achieved all this. Much American fiction is still written in a stripped-down, offhand, monochrome prose that has become the default style of a thousand college writing courses. Tinkers is about as far as you can get from that. Its prose is complex, sometimes convoluted, but at its best suffused with brilliantly realised imagery and a reminder of how rich the written language can still be.

Orange in talks to join Project Canvas

The mobile operator Orange is in talks to join Project Canvas, the joint venture set up to bring online catch-up television to the living room when it launches next year.

Woman 'made obscene comments about neighbour'

A wealthy property developer repeatedly made obscene comments about her neighbour's genitalia as part of a relentless campaign of abuse against those living around her, a court heard today.

Policeman walks free after sex act with victim

A police officer walked free from court today after he admitted engaging in sexual activity with a victim of domestic violence he was sent to help.

One Minute With: Dorothy Koomson

Mother accused of torturing lover to death

A mother of four accused of torturing to death her partner today denied she had intended to murder him.

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Wilko Johnson, now the bad news: musician splits with manager after police investigate assault claims

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Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

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The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

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Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

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11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

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Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

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Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

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Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

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How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
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Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
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The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker