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LA rebels plan breakaway `white city'

LOS ANGELES is the city that everyone loves to hate - including, it seems, 200,000 of its inhabitants.

Hollywood: Movers and shakers

In Hollywood, you are only as big as the house you own. Andrew Gumbel meets the estate agents making as much money as the stars. Photographs by Robert Gallagher

Monitor; All the News of the World US reaction to the confirmation that Thomas Jefferson had a child with a slave

THOMAS JEFFERSON was human. Now, thanks to the same DNA testing employed to expose Bill Clinton's frailties, we learn that the author of the Declaration of Independence and third president of the United States fathered a child with a slave. It is reassuring, indeed liberating, news that the loftiest and most inspirational American of them all was also torn by the torments and rewards of more base pursuits. Perhaps we'll begin at last to treat our heroes as the complex human animals they've always been, driven by lust as well as idealism, capable of immoral disarray in their personal lives while performing perfectly on the public stage. They should still be heroes for what they accomplished, but they should never be worshiped as idols.

Dead man in California poll

THERE IS a dead man on the ballot in tomorrow's race for sheriff of Los Angeles County. Sherman Block, the 74-year-old incumbent who was gunning for an unprecedented fifth term in office, died of a brain haemorrhage last Thursday - too late for another candidate to take his place.

Athletics: Downfall of a man quick to accuse

Sprinter Darrell Robinson suffered for his outspoken views. By Gerard Wright in Los Angeles

Clinton Crisis: Stand-up comics fail to see funny side of Clinton fiasco

CIGARS, ANYONE? How about a little tearful repentance over breakfast? Much of the White House fiasco sounds like the script of a raunchy, off- the-wall comedy show.

'This humiliation is my mistake, and his fault'

Five years ago the 'American Spectator' published the scandal, and was damned

From lunatic to luminary

HE OPPOSED restrictions on abortion, supported gays in the military, and thought Pat Robertson's religious right was a bunch of "kooks". To hear the television news and read the obituaries, you might have thought that Barry Goldwater was a liberal.

Athletics: Time will be Gebrselassie's main rival

HAILE GEBRSELASSIE came face to face yesterday with the rival he will confront in the National Indoor Arena on Sunday evening. The clock at the head of the back straight was not switched on, unlike the familiar beaming smile of the Ethiopian running phenomenon.

Fate of Clinton hangs on slender thread

Oral sex is not adultery, apparently ... to the man who didn't inhale

Media: Front page meets bottom line as the LA Times expands

The Los Angeles Times is one of America's national institutions. Now fears that the impact of commercialism will turn it upside down have prompted an exodus of top journalists. Tim Cornwell finds out whether their fears for the future are justified

Five years on, LA remembers how war erupted on its streets

Tim Cornwell on how Angelenos have come to terms with the 1992 riots

Obituary: Alfred Sheinwold

Alfred Sheinwold was a highly respected and versatile bridge player and writer.

The White House smells a conspiracy

Is the Paula Jones case an isolated assault on the President's good name? Not a bit of it, says the White House.
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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

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Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

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Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

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I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

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Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

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Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
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Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

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