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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

Mitt Romney so far has only released tax returns for 2010

Romney booed for attack on Obama at black rally

Mitt Romney received a rough reception from members of the NAACP, the country's oldest black civil rights organisation, yesterday, which erupted into boos and shouts of disapproval when he said he meant to overturn Barack Obama's healthcare reforms.

Boxing: Amir Khan ready for Danny Garcia test

Amir Khan has promised to beat Danny Garcia after his next opponent's father claimed the former world champion was overrated ahead of their July 14 meeting.

Amir Khan and Lamont Peterson (left) in London yesterday

Boxing: Amir Khan rematch with Lamont Peterson in doubt

Amir Khan's rematch with Lamont Peterson is in doubt after the American tested positive for a banned substance.

Rolling with the punches: Floyd Mayweather Jnr is resigned to a prison stint after he fights Miguel Cotto next Saturday

Boxing: Jail is not a problem – it will make me just like Malcolm X, says Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather Jnr insists on his innocence ahead of his impending prison sentence

The Revel is a new hotel opening in Atlantic City
Snow business: Mammoth's town centre

Mammoth: The real McCoy of ski resorts

It started with a pioneer and his tow rope. Now Mammoth is huge.

Newt Gingrich attempted to convince America that his campaign remains viable, following a second straight hammering at the polls.

Gingrich battles on after second straight poll defeat

He looked less like a contender for the US Presidency, and more like a combination of Comical Ali, the Iraqi PR minister famed for declarations of impending victory in the jaws of catastrophic defeat, and the finger-jabbing Kevin Keegan who once said: “we’re still fighting, and I tell you, I’ll love it if we beat them... love it!”

Romney draws on super-rich donors to increase lead over rivals

Riding high from his big win in the Florida primary, Mitt Romney tried yesterday to deflect criticism that the race for the Republican Party had become destructively negative saying it was good training for the "vitriolic, spiteful campaign" that will be unleashed later this year by President Barack Obama.

Romney strolls to victory in Florida primary

Advertising campaign attacking Gingrich pays off for Republican frontrunner

OJ Simpson to lose his house

A bank is to sell the Florida home of O J Simpson, who is serving time for kidnapping, armed robbery and other charges.

Pippa Mann in London yesterday. 'You couldn't do it if you were scared of crashing'

Pippa Mann: 'The big thing in a crash is to relax'

The Suffolk-born racer's IndyCar career almost ended in the pile-up that killed Dan Wheldon. Fit again, she can't wait to get back on track

Donald MacInnes: A glutton for punishment, my card’s really on the ropes this time

Last week I detailed how my flimsy little Santander debit card had taken a man-sized kicking in Miami, due to the demands placed upon me to make sure I tipped with as much largesse as American waiting staff deemed acceptable (for the record, it's 83 per cent of the value of the bill, plus a 3 per cent cut of your net wages for the next four years, plus a set of Argos pasta plates). However, that shock to my monetary system was but a stern telling-off compared with the toe-to-toe slugfest to which this day, Christmas Eve, provides the climax.

Dan Wheldon was killed by a head injury after colliding with a post

Wheldon's death due to 'perfect storm' of factors

IndyCar officials yesterday determined British driver Dan Wheldon was killed by blunt force head trauma after colliding with a fence post that lined the Las Vegas Motor Speedway track.

The (very) secret history of Area 51

Just how covert is the infamous US air base? New files show that even Presidents don't always 'need to know' its activities

William Hill buys US bookmakers

Britain's biggest bookmaker William Hill yesterday announced another acquisition as part of its drive to become a key player in the US betting market.

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Beijing witnesses new stage in the Jess and Kat rivalry

The last time the two British heptathletes competed, Ennis-Hill was on the way to Olympic gold and Johnson-Thompson was just a promising teenager. But a lot has happened in the following three years
Jeremy Corbyn: Joining a shrewd operator desperate for power as he visits the North East

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Heard the one about menstruation?

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