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Rain-streaked spiritual jazz from Manchester.

Murder-suicide theory over couple's deaths

Police have identified a Lithuanian couple who were found dead two weeks ago.

The secret of Mona Lisa's smile is revealed in Manchester

An exhibition celebrating the inventions of Leonardo Da Vinci opened at Manchester's Museum of Science and Industry over the weekend.

Miss England steps down after arrest

Miss England Rachel Christie has relinquished her crown after being arrested on suspicion of a nightclub assault sparked by a row over a TV gladiator.

Doves, The Roundhouse, London

Doves released their fourth album, Kingdom of Rust, earlier this year, and it has been widely hailed their best yet. Its bittersweet lyrics and sweeping melodies, delivered in epic rock songs, are not far from their first album, Lost Souls, that won them a loyal fan base in 2000. That's not to say their music hasn't developed – it just hasn't flirted with fads.

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Swimming: Phelps confirmed for "Duel" in Manchester

Michael Phelps will lead the US team for the "Duel in the Pool" against a squad of European swimmers after USA Swimming announced a 36-person team on Wednesday.

David Prosser: Shock pension news: there is no crisis

Outlook Good news and bad for the future financial security of those currently in work. Official figures show that more people are putting money into occupational pension schemes – despite what you may have heard about their demise – but also that they are saving less than they once did.

Jimmy Leach: You won't pay for news

I missed this yesterday, but Media Week have reported a survey which shows that nine out of ten UK consumers won't pay for news stories online.

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Man and woman dead in 'suspicious' blaze

Police were today treating as suspicious the deaths of a man and a woman in a house fire.

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