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

Coyle says he did not betray Clarets with Bolton move

The new Bolton manager Owen Coyle has spoken of the frustration he felt at Burnley, a club in need of £30m to compete with the rest of the Premier League, and dismissed the suggestion that he has betrayed the club in his move across Lancashire.

Observations: Sew and sews needle the west London art cognoscenti

If your idea of embroidery is a fuddy-duddy, old-fashioned sewing skill, then a visit to the forthcoming exhibition, Beware of Embroidery, at west London's PM Gallery from 15 January, will change your mind. Five international artists – Kate Keara Pelen, Louise Riley, Tilleke Schwarz, Laura Splan and Tamar Stone – all employ their embroidery skills in very different ways but each brings the medium bang up date.

Best children's books for Christmas

Composing new nursery rhymes that actually work is no easy matter, but Faustin Charles has done so in The Selfish Crocodile Book of Nursery Rhymes (Bloomsbury, £6.99). With a CD included, the book has characters that range from Little Jack Zebra to Twinkle Twinkle Butterfly, all riotously illustrated by Michael Terry. Joanna Skipwith's I Choose You! (Silver Jungle, £5.99) also comes off well. Illustrated by Lisa Jones, each of its creatures has its own rhyme. Order it directly from and £1 will go to help preserve monkeys in the rainforests, away from the pet trade.

Neighbours not amused by developers' joke name

Neighbours of a planned housing development reacted angrily to a joke by developers that they would call the estate a rude name after objections to the proposals.

MEP clashes with bishop over 'climate alarmism'

A controversial Conservative Euro MP has careered into a clash with a bishop over his claim that the Church of England has "abandoned religion" to preach the gospel of climate change.

Hull deny Brown sacking reports

Hull have denied reports Phil Brown has been sacked as their manager.

Windass says Brown should leave Hull

Dean Windass has called for Phil Brown to "get moved on" amid the mounting speculation over the Hull manager's future at the KC Stadium

Council news 'keeps local papers afloat'

A councillor yesterday claimed that local authority newsletters helped to sustain, rather than kill off local newspapers.

Tory MP asked to repay £63,000 allowances

A Tory MP has been asked to repay £63,250 in taxpayer-funded second home allowances he spent on renting a farmhouse from his sister-in-law, it emerged today

Standard hit by permit problems on home turf

The London Evening Standard's second day as a free newspaper did not go as smoothly as the first, after its distributors were forced off the streets of Kensington and Chelsea because they did not have correct permits.

MP who served Labour and Tories retires

A long-serving Conservative MP is standing down at the general election. John Horam, who represents Orpington, in Kent, has spent more than 30 years as an MP, serving as a minister in both Tory and Labour governments. The resignation of the 70-year-old, who was untouched by the expenses scandal, brings the number of Commons retirees to 108.

Rob Williams: It's not always bad news when a local newspaper stops printing

The inevitability of the closure of yet more local newspapers across Wales is no consolation for those who have already lost their jobs.

Bradshaw's warning to the BBC: you must change to survive

Culture Secretary issues tough message as high-profile MPs wade into the Marr row

Rob Williams: Lots of local newspapers are rubbish - I doubt we will actually miss them

he inevitability of the closure of yet more local newspapers across Wales is no consolation for those who have already lost their jobs. The latest newspapers to fall victim to print media cuts are the Neath and Port Talbot Guardians. Their owner, Media Wales, has decided to close them due to the ‘tough economic times.’

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