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Kung fu granny: Retired British midwife, 79, makes Hollywood debut as formidable martial arts assassin

Kay D'Arcy moved to Los Angeles a decade ago aged 70 to pursue acting - ending up more Jackie Nan than Jackie Chan

Four injured in University of Southern California Halloween party shooting

At least four people have been injured in a Halloween party shooting on a US university campus, it has been reported.

Hurricane Sandy churns towards
the eastern US

'Frankenstorm' could wreak $1bn in damage on US east coast

Federal and local authorities, along with utilities across the north-eastern United States, are gearing up for a visit from a Halloween weather monster dubbed the ‘Frankenstorm’ that could inflict $1bn worth of damage as it brings gale-force winds, heavy rain, costal flooding and possibly snow next week.

Two US newspapers in Murdoch's sights

Media tycoon Rupert Murdoch is eyeing up the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune newspapers as he looks to prove there is still money to be made out of print.

LL Cool J 'breaks intruder's jaw and nose' at LA home

Rapper LL Cool J broke the nose and jaw of an intruder at his LA mansion according to reports.

Oliver Wright: Boyle's tribute to the NHS becomes reality

A clever idea – but it may be a while before we see Scarborough General (Oman) open its doors
This undated US Air Force illustration shows the X-51A Waverider set to demonstrate hypersonic flight. The X-51A WaveRider, an unmanned aircraft that could reach speeds up to 3,600 mph (5,793 kph), will be launched from the wing of a B-52 on a test flight over the Pacific Ocean. Powered by a Pratt Whitney Rocketdyne SJY61 scramjet engine, it is designed to ride on its own shockwave and accelerate to about Mach 6

Mach 6 aircraft reaches 3,600 mph for 5 minutes

The U.S. Air Force plans a key test of an experimental aircraft designed to fly at six times the speed of sound, or about 3,600 mph (5,800 kph).

Worshippers console each other near the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin

Sikh temple massacre: Gunman was convicted criminal who'd been 'looked at' by Federal authorities due to white supremacist links

Wade Michael Page was nonetheless able to legally purchase the 9mm handgun and ammunition used in Sunday’s attack.

Alfred Hitchcock is the father of the spy film and suspense thriller, and was an early example of the director as star

Page 3 Profile: Alfred Hitchcock, film director

Ah yes, the master of suspense

Do not watch Olympic Games at work - it will cause a computer meltdown, warns LA technology officer

The senior technology officer for Los Angeles is pleading with city workers to stop watching the Olympics online at work, saying it could cause a municipal computer meltdown.

Three homeless people found stabbed in Los Angeles

Police have linked three July stabbings of homeless people in the Los Angeles area to one suspect who left typewritten “death warrant” notes at each crime scene.

Voters in Los Angeles county are set to vote on whether or not actors in porn films should be required to wear condoms.

Los Angeles voters to decide on mandatory condom use in porn films

Voters in Los Angeles county are set to vote on whether or not actors in porn films should be required to wear condoms.

Police arrest Anel Violeta Noriega Rios at an apartment in El Monte

Mexico's 'Crime Queen' Anel Violeta Noriega Rios arrested in LA

Drug cartel's top boss in the US caught after cross-border tip-off

Chris Ethridge: Gram Parsons acolyte who co-wrote three of his best-known songs

Atransient but important member of The Byrds and a major influence on the Rolling Stones, the Eagles and Emmylou Harris, Gram Parsons has long been acknowledged as the father of country-rock, though he preferred to call the genre "cosmic American music".

Yemen underwear bomber was 'Saudi double agent'

A bomber from the al-Qa'ida affiliate in Yemen sent to blow up a US-bound airliner last month was actually a double agent who infiltrated the group and volunteered for the suicide mission, US media reported yesterday.

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Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

In an exclusive interview, Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea
Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

The Arab Spring reversed

Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
Who is Oliver Bonas and how has he captured middle-class hearts?

Who is Oliver Bonas?

It's the first high-street store to pay its staff the living wage, and it saw out the recession in style
Earth has 'lost more than half its trees' since humans first started cutting them down

Axe-wielding Man fells half the world’s trees – leaving us just 422 each

However, the number of trees may be eight times higher than previously thought
60 years of Scalextric: Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones

60 years of Scalextric

Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones
Theme parks continue to draw in thrill-seekers despite the risks - so why are we so addicted?

Why are we addicted to theme parks?

Now that Banksy has unveiled his own dystopian version, Christopher Beanland considers the ups and downs of our endless quest for amusement
Tourism in Iran: The country will soon be opening up again after years of isolation

Iran is opening up again to tourists

After years of isolation, Iran is reopening its embassies abroad. Soon, there'll be the chance for the adventurous to holiday there
10 best PS4 games

10 best PS4 games

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Transfer window: Ten things we learnt

Ten things we learnt from the transfer window

Record-breaking spending shows FFP restraint no longer applies
Migrant crisis: UN official Philippe Douste-Blazy reveals the harrowing sights he encountered among refugees arriving on Lampedusa

‘Can we really just turn away?’

Dead bodies, men drowning, women miscarrying – a senior UN figure on the horrors he has witnessed among migrants arriving on Lampedusa, and urges politicians not to underestimate our caring nature
Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger as Isis ravages centuries of history

Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger...

... and not just because of Isis vandalism
Girl on a Plane: An exclusive extract of the novelisation inspired by the 1970 Palestinian fighters hijack

Girl on a Plane

An exclusive extract of the novelisation inspired by the 1970 Palestinian fighters hijack
Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

The author of 'The Day of the Jackal' has revealed he spied for MI6 while a foreign correspondent