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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

Alan Johnson: 'I'll fight next election'

Alan Johnson today declared his intention to fight the next general election - insisting his resignation from the shadow cabinet did not mean an end to his political career.

Gerrard and Torres may be rested, says Hodgson

Roy Hodgson has admitted that he will rest Liverpool's star players Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres during a busy programme of matches. Both Gerrard and Torres have recently recovered from injuries and Hodgson could not guarantee their involvement in all of Liverpool's six remaining games this month.

MPs paid £3m in approved expenses

MPs were paid £3.1 million in expenses in the first three and a half months after the general election, details published by a watchdog showed today.

A ray of sunshine: the man making money from local papers

The founder of Tindle Newspapers tells Matthew Bell how his empire defies the nay-sayers

Kim Sengupta: Out of the mine and into the media scrum

Many of the miners' families had expressed the fear that the ordeal of facing journalists may prove to be more traumatic than 68 days buried alive, and elaborate measures had been taken by the authorities to protect the men from media intrusion. At the end, however, what unfolded was historic television coverage full of drama but also with its share of bathos.

Saracens handed a painful lesson in Venter's absence

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New rules to limit 'town hall Pravdas'

The Government will today take action to curb the growth of so-called "town hall Pravdas", the in-house newspapers produced by local authorities from public funds and delivered for free through letter boxes.

Hunt's plan to put the local back into TV

The Culture Secretary wants to encourage regional programming but is it economically viable?

Court napping, the magistrate who fell asleep at the bench

A magistrate has been removed from office after he fell asleep on the bench, causing an assault trial to collapse, the Office for Judicial Complaints said yesterday.

Man jailed for 12 years for putting child porn on rival's PC

At 8.30am on October 25 2006, Eddie Thompson answered the door of his east London home. He thought his visitor was an engineer coming to read his gas meter.

Two held over assisted suicide

A team of professionals held an urgent meeting to discuss a disabled pensioner who repeatedly threatened to kill himself seven months before he ended his life at a Swiss clinic, it emerged last night.

Greek guerrilla group shot radio journalist

The leftist Greek guerrilla group Rebel Sect yesterday claimed responsibility for last week's shooting of a reporter, the first such incident in Greece for over 20 years. Rebel Sect sent a seven-page statement to local newspaper Ta Nea, saying it had shot dead Sokratis Giolias, 37, outside his home on July 19. Giolias, a father of one, was news chief at local radio station Thema 98.9. He was shot 16 times at close range. A journalist at Ta Nea said the letter mentioned other journalists and would be published by the paper on Wednesday.

Male model arrested in shooting probe

A boy of 17 who claimed to have turned his back on a life of crime to pursue a career as a top fashion model has been arrested following a shooting, it emerged today.

Mexican partygoers murdered by gunmen

Gunmen stormed a party in northern Mexico and massacred 17 people, authorities said.

Tim Luckhurst: Hunt's local splash is good news for all

Media Studies: British local newspapers have shed hundreds of journalists and many have abandoned entirely the democratic scrutiny of local councils, courts and businesses
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