Hilton launches $6.5bn bid for ITT

In a surprise hostile bid that could transform the American hospitality and casino industry, Hilton Hotels last night revealed it was seeking to buy ITT Corp, owner of the Sheraton Hotel chain, for $6.5bn.

Learning game for Irishman

Roy Jones, the man generally acknowledged as the world's best pound- for-pound fighter, had words of encouragement for Belfast's Wayne McCullough after the Irishman had been adjudged a split-decision loser to Mexican southpaw Daniel Zaragoza in a superb battle for the World Boxing Council super-bantamweight title here on Saturday night.

Write-on Santa works miracles

Christmas around the world: Many have far too little and quite a few have had far too much

It's time to swing back to the Sixties

Good old fiftysomethings like Jagger should get back in harness and fight for the heady, idealistic values of a better time

Boxing: Steward rejects Tyson approach

The leading trainer Emanuel Steward has rejected overtures from Mike Tyson's camp to work with the former undisputed world heavyweight champion and will remain with Britain's Lennox Lewis. Frank Maloney, Lewis's manager, yesterday claimed that Steward's decision proved that Lewis was "the best heavyweight in the world".

Danilovic puts the Heat on NY Knicks

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Smokin' Joe willing to end fiery feud with Ali

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Great speech, even second time round

Watching Tony Blair's Blackpool speech on the television, I was gripped by a frisson of deja vu. Surely I had heard this speech before, at another time and another place, with another 40-something politician delivering the words? Were not many of the phrases, the structure, the rhetorical devices used, the whole tone, remarkably close to the acceptance speech given by Bill Clinton to the Democratic Convention at Madison Square Garden, New York, in July 1992?

Bowe seeks negotiated fine

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Stars mass for Bill

President Bill Clinton's master plan to recapture the limelight after the Republican convention begins with his 50th birthday party in New York tonight. The event is modelled on John F Kennedy's 45th birthday bash in 1962, and is designed to emphasise the President's relative youth compared with his 73-year-old opponent, Bob Dole.

Action stations as America recalls grand design

New life is being breathed into the decaying splendour of US railway architecture. David Usborne in New York looks at a proud rebirth

Pop Kiss Madison Square Garden, New York

Every country has its cultural signifiers: Japan has kabuki; Italy has opera; France has frogs' legs, and we have fish and chips and the Royal Family. America, on the other hand, has Kiss - the fire-breathing, blood-spitting comic super-heroes of rock. For the first time in 17 years, all four original members - Gene "The Demon, Primordial!" Simmons, Paul "The Starchild, Sensuous!" Stanley, Ace "The Space Ace, Not of this Earth!" Frehley and Peter "The Cat, Predator Unleashed!" Criss - have reunited in their famous cake make-up, skin-tight costumes and platform boots, and gone out on what is the most irresistibly dumb comeback tour of the year.

National Music Festival: 2-4-6-8 it's never too late

He went in and out of fashion but Tom Robinson is still driven by music. Rebecca Fowler meets the gay activist who became a family man

Lewis scraps towards Tyson

Durable Mercer spices heavyweight plot by posing British world title hope his toughest test
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A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

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

Scarred by the bell

The downfall of the TV star charged with bar stabbing
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Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Security breaches and overhyped start-ups dominated a year in which very little changed (save the size of your phone)
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Will revolutionary Cuba take 'bourgeois' golf to its heart?

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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

The Locked Room Mysteries

As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor explains the rules of engagement
Amy Adams on playing painter Margaret Keane in Tim Burton's Big Eyes

How I made myself Keane

Amy Adams hadn’t wanted to take the role of artist Margaret Keane, because she’d had enough of playing victims. But then she had a daughter, and saw the painter in a new light
Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

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

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

Wear in review

A look back at fashion in 2014
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Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015

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

The West needs more than a White Knight

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
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Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

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Finally, a diet that works

Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced