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Despite overwhelming evidence there is still continuing reluctance from politicians to accept just how useless short prison sentences are

Mrs Madoff speaks: 'I'm a victim too'

*Ruth Madoff, at her husband's side for 50 years, broke her silence to express not just her sympathy for the victims of Bernard Madoff's gargantuan fraud, but also to align herself as one of those victims.

<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/independent/2008/10/the-life-brow-5.html">The Life Browser: Ten best savings accounts</a>

Oh dear. Last week, as everyone fretted about losing their life savings with bans teetering on the brink of collapse around the world, The Guardian championed those that were upping savings rates to attract customers, by suggesting a list of the ten best savings accounts.

Fury as actress tells film festival 'I would have joined the IRA'

The Hollywood actress Rose McGowan has been heavily criticised after expressing sympathy with the IRA ahead of the release of her new film.

Arrest over IRA killing of officer in 1977

A 57-year-old man has been arrested in Northern Ireland for questioning over the kidnap and murder of a British army officer Robert Nairac in 1977.

Standard Life shares surge after unexpected profits rise

Standard Life shares surged yesterday after the life insurer posted annual profits ahead of expectations and sounded an upbeat note on its prospects this year.

Small Talk: Transense tyre monitor hits the road with Michelin

A little bird tells Small Talk that good news is on the way for Transense Technologies. Michelin, long a licensee of the AIM group's technology, is tipped to announce at its annual press day this week that Transense's battery-less tyre pressure monitoring sensor will be used in the next generation of its truck tyres. Production of the tyres with the Transense gadget incorporated in them could start as early as next year. There is also a suggestion among industry insiders that Michelin may go further and announce the use of the AIM group's system in car tyres as well.

Arcelor rebels threaten to sue board members

Rebel shareholders in Arcelor plan to sue individual members of the steel group's board if it continues to effectively ignore their resistance to a merger with the Russian group Severstal.

Outlook: Leaden Standard

WHAT A shower the companies that make up the long-term savings industry are. Yesterday brought news of another cut in "bonuses" from Standard Life, just the latest of many. "Bonus" is the term life funds use for what is only the investor's just rewards. Like much else about the long- term savings industry, the word bonus is in truth a con, for it implies that you are getting that little bit extra. Actually it is only the rate of return, but like so much else about this industry, it is designed to obfuscate.

Cancer victim sends friends on skiing holiday from beyond the grave

A man dying of cancer secretly arranged for his closest friends to take a holiday after his death - paid for with his life savings.

The City can wait. First, Kingston must recapture the hearts and minds of Hull

Clayton Hirst reports on the fallen local hero that is beset by shareholder anger and takeover talk as it tries to bounce back

Send your pension pot soaring to new heights

If you have the cash, and the sophistication, Sipps are a flexible way to invest, writes Sam Dunn
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