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Latoya Ammons, who is a mother of three, told authorities that demonic spirits caused her 9-year-old son to walk backwards on a hospital ceiling

Culture Secretary Ben Bradshaw: 'BBC must change in order to survive'

The BBC must "change in order to survive", Culture Secretary Ben Bradshaw said today.

David Lister: Carnaby Street personified – and that was the problem

Long before Jonathan Ross there was a BBC TV presenter whose ego blazed through the screen and who embarrassed the corporation because of his salary. Simon Dee may well have a claim to be the first of the television superstar presenters. But in his Sixties heyday, the BBC was tougher, and it never caved in to his salary demands, "letting him go" instead.

Kidnap man could be serial killer from the 1990s

Phillip Garrido, the convicted sex offender accused of kidnapping a schoolgirl and holding her in his backyard for 18 years, has been named a "person of interest" by police investigating the murders of local prostitutes in the 1990s.

Girl, 13, told to delay solo sailing voyage by courts

Dutch teenager's plans to attempt solo sailing world record halted by courts

Blears bid to rebuild trust starts to show cracks

Former Communities Secretary has car window smashed while on campaign trail

Pain of 'toxic soup' case boy

Teenager Dylan South endured medical treatment every day for the first five years of his life.

BNP supporters 'beat man who clashed with Griffin'

Supporters of the British National Party were accused last night of operating like "a private army" after they set upon a man who poured a drink on the group's leader.

Briton killed in Madonna stage collapse named

A British workman killed while setting up the stage for a Madonna concert in France was named today.

Amanda Holden blasts wind farm plan

Amanda Holden said today she was "appalled" by plans to build a wind farm close to her holiday home.

The demise of the free press: you can't give them away

The wheel is coming off the once rolling bandwagon of free newspapers, reports Tim Luckhurst

Dom Joly: Unhappy expat? Should have gone to Iceland

I'm in the South of France for a week. One of the ways to get under the skin of wherever you are is to read the local newspapers. I bought myself a Nice-Matin but also found a curious little magazine called the Riviera Reporter. This is an English language magazine that comes out every other month and services the large number of expatriates who have fled the UK for the Cote d'Azur. I'm always half thinking of making a move to somewhere sunny but one look through this type of magazine brings you back to your senses.

Hogg stands down to spend more time cleaning his moat

More MPs expected to resign as anger grows over expenses scandal

Leading article: This Parliament needs more than cosmetic reform

A new Speaker and outside regulation are necessary, but not enough

Tesco hit by checkout failure

Tesco has been rocked by an IT failure that has resulted in its main checkout tills being down in up to 150 of its larger stores this morning.

An offer from the BBC that's not as generous as it sounds

Local news groups need the BBC's money rather than its stories, argues Tim Luckhurst
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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

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