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At the risk of straying into territory staked out by my more lurid male counterparts, I once saw a strip bar in Nashville with a neon sign outside advertising '99 Beautiful Girls! And One Ugly One'. They can get away with that kind of playful hucksterism down in the American South. Here, outraged punters would be demanding refunds and invoking the Trade Descriptions Act.

Norwich: Robert Snodgrass, £3m from Leeds

Norwich winger Robert Snodgrass ready for crucial match against Southampton

The Scotland midfielder has provided a good link-up between defence and attack

Morrissey told a teen magazine:

Morrissey: 'If more men were homosexual there would be no wars'

Never shy to make a controversial comment, "Bigmouth Strikes Again" singer Morrissey has claimed that “homosexual men would never kill other men”.

EDF launches £5m civil claim against group of activists who shut down power station

The energy company EDF has launched a civil claim for £5m in damages against a group of activists who shut down one of its gas-fired power stations in a week-long protest last year.

Morrissey will stage a vegetarian gig in LA

'Meat Is Murder' singer Morrissey succeeds in turning LA's Staples Centre vegetarian

Singer Morrissey is to stage a totally vegetarian gig when he resumes his tour after a bout of illness which prompted him to pull a number of US shows.

Jeremy Clarkson vows revenge after Twitter account is hacked by spammers who post links to weight-loss website

The controversial presenter's account was first hacked at 11:13am yesterday by spammers who posted links to an Acai Berry diet solution site

What does 200 calories look like in takeaway food?

It's lunchtime, you're hungry, but you don't want to loosen the belt buckle. Where should you go?

Twitter hackers flip red-faced Burger King into McDonald's

Fast food giant Burger King became the latest company to find its Twitter account hacked by pranksters who posted obscene messages and changed its profile picture to one of McDonald's.

Bog standard? Walham Green loos have been snapped up by café owner Luciano Lo Dico for £585,000

Hardly bog standard: the half-million pound public loo (and other converted washroom hits)

West London toilet-turned-cafe is the latest in a trend for converted conveniences

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo is a 'bully', says his former Manchester United team-mate Gary Neville

Manchester United play Real Madrid this Wednesday

Fred Turner: Executive who transformed McDonald's into a global empire

Fred Turner transformed McDonald's from a small chain of fast-food outlets to a billion-dollar, instantly recognisable global brand. He introduced the highly successful Quarter Pounder, Chicken McNugget, McRib, Egg McMuffin and Happy Meal and was also recognised as the architect of the "quality, service and cleanliness" operations model that launched McDonald's international presence and unparalleled leadership in the industry – and helped it to establish a reputation as a welcoming, family-friendly destination.

Page 3 Profile: Alex Thomson, Britain's new sailing hero

A sailor to rival Dame Ellen MacArthur?

McDonald's pays out $700,000 to Muslim community after restaurant 'falsely claimed its food was halal'

McDonald's and Finley's Management deny any liability but say the settlement is in their best interests

McDonald's to create 2,500 jobs in big growth drive

Restaurant giant McDonald's is to create at least 2,500 new jobs this year, taking its UK workforce to 93,500, the firm announced today.

This week's wackiest web stories: Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the drunkest of them all?

Plus: A clean conscience, acquitted of "looking gay", hi-tech parenting, hipster rage, Gold(trigger)finger and is this the ultimate Batman?

The News Matrix: Thursday 10 January 2013

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Paul Scholes column: Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season

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Britain's mild winters could be numbered: why global warming is leaving UK chillier

Britain's mild winters could be numbered

Gulf Stream is slowing down faster than ever, scientists say
Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

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The most borrowed book at Bank of England library? Oh dear

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Child abuse scandal: Did a botched blackmail attempt by South African intelligence help Cyril Smith escape justice?

Did a botched blackmail attempt help Cyril Smith escape justice?

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