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Authorities warn of carbon monoxide poisoning as two die after using gas generator in storm 

Two held over 'live child abuse on web'

An American mother-of-four was due to appear in court today charged with child sex abuse after an investigation by police in the UK led to her arrest.

Board not behind Wenger claims Adams

Arsenal legend Tony Adams has claimed manager Arsene Wenger does not have the backing of the whole of the Gunners' board.

Gay marriage ban hangs in the balance

Rights groups warn of angry protests if California legal ruling goes against them

Artist 'tried to bite air crew'

A respected artist who has exhibited in some of London's best known galleries was being held in a cell last night after an alleged air rage incident in which she tried to bite cabin crew.

Debenhams adds to high street optimism

Debenhams has joined the growing group of retailers beginning to defy the recession, revealing yesterday that its sales are growing for the first time in a year and a half. Shares in the department store group soared as it unveiled pre-tax profits well ahead of City forecasts.

Whole foods suffers losses at London store

Whole Foods Market has laid bare the financial woes of its fledgling UK flagship store in London. In its first quarter, the world’s largest organic food retailer said its High Street Kensington store accounted for half of its 2 per cent drop in return on invested capital in stores less than two years old.

Victor McKusick: Cardiologist who pioneered the clinical study of genetic diseases

Victor McKusick founded the clinical study of genetic diseases and was a leading instigator of the Human Genome Project, serving as the founding president of the Human Genome Organisation from 1988 to 1991. In his six-decade career he published a compendium of all known human genes which is now available free online, with over 20,000 entries. He laid down the basis of relating symptoms to genetic mutations, the scientific infrastructure of genetic research, and established the journal Genomics. He mapped the genes for Duchenne muscular dystrophy and several forms of dwarfism.

Overseas: Get ready to fall in love with old America

Known for its autumn splendour, New England has year-round appeal, says Laura Latham

Man held in US on charge of threatening Obama

A man is being held in Florida by federal authorities on charges of threatening to assassinate Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.

Doomed by faith

India's Parsi community is shrinking fast. For every birth, there are five deaths, prompting fierce debate between reformists and traditionalists who are concerned about ethnic purity. By Andrew Buncombe in Mumbai

Top fund manager quits to set up 'greentech' group

Using wood to create biofuels, rather than corn and sugar, could be the way to wean the world off oil without triggering a surge in the price of basic foodstuffs, according to one of the world's most powerful pension fund managers.

'A slice of America, preserved from half a century ago'

A love of the great outdoors first brought the actor and comedian Adrian Edmondson to the Acadia National Park in Maine. He tells Nick Boulos why it's a great place for active family holidays

Book of the Week: Goodbye Gay Meadow, By Matthew Ashton (in association with Shrewsbury Town FC, £24.99)

You could not honestly claim that Gay Meadow – that most politically correct of ground names – was a thing of intrinsic beauty. The book commemorating its 97-year history, however, most certainly is.

Maine: Nature in the north

This New England state lies at the extreme north-east of the US, and offers visitors a wealth of parks, mountains and crumpled coastline, says Cathy Packe

Laporta fury at English raids on Barça youth

The Barcelona president, Joan Laporta, has launched a fierce attack on English clubs for signing some of the club's best young talent.

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A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
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Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's dishes highlight the delicate essence of fresh cheeses

Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

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Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
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