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Spoiler alert: Seven ways Breaking Bad might end... but probably won't

Giuliani hints at presidential run

Rudy Giuliani, the former New York mayor, said he had not ruled out making a bid for the Republican presidential nomination.

Commute becomes too much for Shanks CEO

It can happen to anyone. You think you're ambitious, and then suddenly all those hours spent commuting no longer seem worth it. For Tom Drury, the chief executive of Shanks, that time has come.

Timberland to be taken over by VF Corporation in $2bn deal

Timberland, purveyor of rugged boots and waterproof jackets to outdoorsy types, is being taken over by the world's largest apparel company, in a $2bn(£1.2bn) deal.

TV debate to star Tea Party's other woman

After months spent buttering up activists in primary states, and hitting the political g-spots of conservative fundraisers, the self-declared leader of the Congressional Tea party movement is about to make her debut in a national debate, in a bid to upset the Republican race and position herself as the person best able to unseat President Barack Obama next year.

Romney opens presidential bid with pledge to balance budget

Mitt Romney, the wealthy financial tycoon, ex-governor and failed presidential runner, stood in a New Hampshire hay field yesterday and announced that he is going to shoot for the White House one more time.

Mitt Romney announces presidential bid

Mitt Romney formally launched his 2012 presidential campaign today, entering the race for the Republican nomination where he is already the front-runner, but also seen as highly vulnerable.

Sarah Palin campaign gets a kick-start, but will she run?

Seen until now as amorphous and dull, the field of Republicans positioning themselves potentially to take on President Barack Obama in next year's presidential race was exhibiting some electricity yesterday thanks to a bus, some motorbikes and a certain former governor of Alaska.

Republicans turn to new hope after Fox chief Roger Ailes' 'attack' on Sarah Palin

Tim Pawlenty yesterday officially hit the campaign trail for the first time in the contest for the 2012 Republican nomination – a race in which the little-known former governor of Minnesotahas suddenly emerged, almost by default, as one of the leading contenders.

Saudi woman held by police – for driving

Protesters launch internet campaign to urge repeal of law that says only men can be behind the wheel

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Dust off the didgeridoos, the outback just got urban

The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption and Pee, By Sarah Silverman

In book form, Silverman's anecdotes fail to stand up

One Minute With: Jodi Picoult, novelist

Where are you now and what can you see? I'm in Hyde Park, in London, and I can see the Serpentine Gallery. I got here [Britain] two days ago and the fact that I know where I am is amazing.

Gordon Brown admits 'big mistake' on banks

Gordon Brown has admitted he made a "big mistake" on financial regulation before the banking crisis that plunged Britain into recession.

Elizabeth Taylor love letters to be sold at auction

A collection of passionate letters from a young Elizabeth Taylor to her first love are to be sold at auction.

Tea party leader in gaffe over US Revolution

A potential Republican presidential candidate who is a favourite of the conservative tea party movement which extolls America's founding fathers got her geography mixed up when it came to where the first shots of the Revolutionary War were fired.

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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas