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Boy found guilty of murder when he was 11

A 13-YEAR-OLD boy being tried as an adult in the United States for the shooting of an older teenager was found guilty of second-degree murder yesterday at the end of a trial that has been condemned by human rights groups as a travesty of juvenile justice.

At 13, he's too young to drive, drink or vote. But he's on trial for murder

THE DEFENDANT often looks puzzled, if not dazed. You can see he is trying to follow what is going on in the court around him, but that most of the time he cannot. Often, he is trying to fend off sleep, like a child losing concentration in a maths lesson. Then, Nathaniel Abraham is a child. He is 13.

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COMPLAINTS AGAINST doctors in Britain have trebled in the past five years, according to the latest figures. The General Medical Council, which investigates allegations, now plans to double the number of disciplinary panels, to two a day, during most of next year.

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GUY MITCHELL was a crooner, a popular singing star noted for "novelty" hits which contained such memorable lines as "She wears red feathers and a hula-hula skirt" and "Heartaches by the number, troubles by the score".

Chat show found liable for murder

A DAYTIME television show that specialises in revealing guilty sex secrets and extracting confessions from guests while on the air was found liable yesterday for a murder committed three days after the victim and his assailant appeared on an episode of the highly popular programme on same-sex crushes.

Dr Death defends himself in `mercy or murder' trial

JACK KEVORKIAN, the United States' most prominent and outspoken advocate of euthanasia, went on trial yesterday for murder in a court case widely seen as a showdown between advocates and opponents of mercy killing. Dr Kevorkian, a frail- looking 70-year-old, who is a retired pathologist, convinced the judge, Jessica Cooper, that he should be allowed to represent himself in court, a right she granted, subject to warnings.

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With no more than wit, guile and a TV camera, Michael Moore defends working-class Joes against big US corporations. So why does he have time for Rupert Murdoch?

Man faces jail for stream of expletives

TIMOTHY BOOMER is cursing the day he went canoeing last August on Michigan's Rifle River. He will not be venting his feelings out loud, however. At least, not in front of the children.

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Off the peg: How an obscure US football team took over the world.

ou know those little things that at first you don't notice, but when you do, you start to see them wherever you look? On buses, in shops, in your dreams? Here's one: Michigan jackets. Or, more precisely, the official, thermally-padded, down-to-your-knees blue-and-yellow touchline jacket of the US college football team the Michigan Wolverines. Michigan jackets are all over my part of north London, like the uniform of an occupying army, and I don't know why. You see them at bus stops and chip shops, crossing parks at twilight and blocking out the supermarket checkout on a Saturday - MICHIGAN appliqued in block capitals across the bum in front of you and a giant M looming on the left breast when they turn around to pay. It's mostly black kids - because in London, at least, it's always the black kids who make the secret, impenetrable decisions regarding what goes and what doesn't in street fashion - but as well as young whites and Asians, I've also seen mums and dads and babes in arms dressed in man-made fleeces (three sizes too big, naturally) from the Great Lakes state. My American girlfriend thinks it's comical: why should the uniform of a mainly white and rural, huntin', shootin', one-time car-makin' state hold any fascination for London kids whose passions are hip-hop, Duke Nukem and yo-yo's? New York Yankees and LA Raiders gear you could understand, back when Public Enemy seemed to have nothing else in their wardrobe. But this is like turning up at a Bronx block party to find everyone wearing Leicester City shirts. Meanwhile the Michigan thing continues unabated. I've started to think of them all as the M People.

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Obituary: William Albright

THERE ARE virtually no pianists left today to maintain the age- old tradition of the composer- performer, the tradition that produced Mozart, Beethoven, Paderewski and Rachmaninov. But it has survived rather better among organists, and William Albright was one of its brightest representatives.

How bosses and workers pranged GM

IT USED to be said that what was good for General Motors was good for America. So what happens when the world's largest company suffers the longest and costliest strike in its history?

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