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LA police in mire of widespread corruption

IT IS unlikely to be a happy new year for the Los Angeles police. Already mired in one of the worst corruption scandals in its history, the force had hoped to kick off the new millennium with a relatively straightforward, headline-catching vice case - the trial of Jody "Babydol" Gibson, a Hollywood madam in the Heidi Fleiss tradition with, it is alleged, a tantalising client list of the rich and famous.

LA police rocked by new claims of brutality

SEVEN YEARS after police brutality triggered the worst riots in Los Angeles' history, the city's police department is being rocked by a massive corruption scandal. Former officers admit fabricating evidence against suspected gang members, assaulting and shooting suspects without justification, then framing them for crimes they did not commit.

Flat Earth: San Diego blues

San Diego hasn't been the same since its harbour traffic veered north to Los Angeles and its naval base was cut back at the end of the Cold War. So, to cheer itself up, the southernmost of southern California's cities has decided to look for an official song.

Media: Warning: the Internet will eat your advertising

The Net has started to devour the classified revenue of the US press. So will their British counterparts suffer a similar fate?

Travel: Short breaks - 48 hours in LA

Actors sipping tall skinny lattes, muscle men on Venice Beach, Pretty Women shopping in Rodeo Drive: a visit to LA is the ultimate California experience. By Aoife O'Riordain

Swimming: Heyns again breaks world record twice

THE SOUTH AFRICAN Penny Heyns twice broke the world record in the 100 metres breaststroke here on Sunday, just a day after twice breaking the world record in the 200m event.

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ObituARY: Jean Vander Pyl

HOW MANY syllables are there in the name Fred? One? Not if you are a fan of The Flintstones. You would know there are two: "Fre-" and "- Ed". That was the way Jean Vander Pyl pronounced it and she should know. She was Wilma, the wife of Fred, head of the Caveman clan, living in the Stone Age city of Bedrock.
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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

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'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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US stars in UK panto

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Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
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Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

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