News George Osborne has been accused of burying a 'stealth cut' in the Autumn statement

More than three million low-income families risk missing out on the economic recovery even if wages start to keep pace with inflation, according to an analysis for The Independent.

Coe warns Spurs stadium plan would 'trash our reputation'

Sebastian Coe, chairman of the London 2012 Olympic Committee (LOCOG), said yesterday that Britain's reputation would be "trashed" if Tottenham Hotspur's plan to rip down the Olympic Stadium was given the go-ahead next week.

Ennis looks good in season's opener

Jessica Ennis opened her indoor season in impressive fashion at the North of England Championships in her hometown, Sheffield, on Saturday.

Officers escape action over attack on royal couple

No officers will face disciplinary action after a mob attacked the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall during the tuition fees protests, Scotland Yard said today.

Chris Smalling: 'Next thing I knew I was meeting Sir Alex. It was a bit surreal'

The defender tells Ian Herbert how United's manager convinced him to reject his beloved Arsenal and head for Old Trafford instead

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Why are men's magazines being left on the shelf?

What do men want? It's an imponderable question which I feel strangely unqualified to answer. I suspect there are quite a few men who feel like me: I have an aversion to shopping, contempt for most advertising, only a vague notion of where I'm going in life, a bemused attitude to extreme sports, and a fairly strong conviction that repeatedly showing me images of semi-naked women will do nothing but make me feel depressed, frustrated and grubby. So when I leaf through a pile of men's magazines, I can't help wondering who they're addressing.

Jim Greenwood: Lions rugby union player who became acknowledged as one of the game's leading thinkers

He may never have coached an international side, but Jim Greenwood made a lasting influence on many of the world's leading coaches and became known as "Mr Rugby"in New Zealand. Acknowledged across the rugby union-playing world as one of the greatest thinkers on the game, his two books, Total Rugby and Think Rugby, became classic texts for coaches at all levels.

Bull attack woman fighting for life

A woman critically injured by a bull which killed her husband was fighting for her life in hospital today.

Lover 'found lottery winner's body'

A lottery winner who hanged himself in his home was found by a live-in lover his family had no idea existed, an inquest heard today.

Britain's building societies are key to getting decent financial services

Members of the Kent Reliance are being asked today to vote to turn it into a bank. But we must fight for mutuality, says Simon Read

Barbershop boys land £1m record deal

An award-winning barbershop quartet is tackling a new style of cut - after landing a major record deal.

Undertaker, 17, sets up his own business

A boy of 17 has become possibly the youngest funeral director in Britain to set up his own business.

Swimming: Simmonds takes gold in British one-two

Lizzie Simmonds and Gemma Spofforth claimed a one-two for Great Britain in the 200 metres backstroke at the European Championships in Budapest yesterday.

Swimming: Fogg is pick of British 10km trio

Daniel Fogg was the first of three British swimmers home when he finished 11th in the 10km open water event as the European Aquatics Championships got under way in Budapest yesterday.

Man stabbed to death in 'disturbance'

A murder investigation is under way after a 23-year-old man was stabbed to death today, police said.

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Downfall of Dustin 'Screech' Diamond, the 'Saved By The Bell' star charged with bar stabbing

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The Locked Room Mysteries: As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor Otto Penzler explains the rules of engagement

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Amy Adams on playing painter Margaret Keane in Tim Burton's Big Eyes

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Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

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Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog, Ed Richards
A look back at fashion in 2014: Wear in review

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Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015. Might just one of them happen?

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War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

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Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

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Many flyers are failing to claim compensation to which they are entitled, a new survey has found
The stories that defined 2014: From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions

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Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

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