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The annual electronics fair has kicked off once again with all the oddities a geek could wish for; see below for pictures of some of the best gadgets so far

6pm deadline for Elian reunion

Fallen Klitschko leaves big hole to fill

Promoters and TV moguls relaunch search for next heavyweight hope after giant Ukrainian's demise

Column one: Our new (disputed) undisputed world champion

AFTER A century of false dawns, Britain finally crowned its own undisputed heavyweight champion of the world when Lennox Lewis beat Evander Holyfield on points in Las Vegas on Saturday night, adding Holyfield's World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation titles to his own World Boxing Council belt.

Hotel boss expands - into outer space

ROBERT BIGELOW has a dream: he wants to build a hotel in outer space. A big, fantasy hotel that would orbit the moon and provide earthlings with the ultimate day-trip experience.

Strange days

In the heart of the Black Rock Desert, there's no water and temperatures rise above 100 degrees. It's an extraordinary place - and the perfect venue for the weirdest event in the cultural calendar

The wildest little whorehouse in the West

Call yourself the most famous brothel in the West, and you are bound to attract trouble. The Mustang Ranch, which became the stuff of legend as the first legalised whorehouse in America, has had to endure arson, bankruptcy, the intense scrutiny of federal investigations and numerous closures, in its chequered 40-year history.

Freak flooding leaves Las Vegas submerged

FLASH FLOODS in the Nevada desert left much of Las Vegas sloshing around in a lake of murky orange water, with roads transformed into giant puddles, bridges and mobile homes swept away and at least two people dead.

Pursuits: Blackjack

BLACKJACK IS the only casino game you can beat. The technique known as "counting" is based on keeping track of the cards as they are dealt so as to increase the size of your bets when the remaining cards in the shoe are favourable, that is, when there are more tens than low cards left.
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Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals

'You need me, I don’t need you'

Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals
How to Get Away with Murder: Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama

How to Get Away with Murder

Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama
A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
Which animals are nearly extinct?

Which animals are nearly extinct?

Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. These are the other species on the brink
12 best children's shoes

Perfect for leaf-kicking: 12 best children's shoes

Find footwear perfect to keep kids' feet protected this autumn
Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

Aaron Ramsey’s injury record has prompted a club investigation. For now, the midfielder is just happy to be fit to face Anderlecht in the Champions League
Comment: David Moyes' show of sensitivity thrown back in his face by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Moyes’ show of sensitivity thrown back in his face... by Ferguson

Manchester United legend tramples on successor who resisted criticising his inheritance
Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015

UK city beats Vienna, Paris and New York to be ranked seventh in world’s best tourist destinations - but it's not London