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There is a strange cacophony outside the offices of i in Manhattan today. Beyond the whistling of the -10 degree wind through the ill-fitting windows, there is the non-stop beep-beep of countless construction vehicles warning Times Square pedestrians to watch out.

Factory worker falls into vat of acid in New Jersey

A man jumped into a vat of acid to save a co-worker who fell in after crashing through the roof of a US factory.

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Sid Moody: Reporter who covered the assassination of JFK

Sid Moody, who died on15 April aged 83, chronicled many major events of the 20th century for Associated Press, from the assassination of John F Kennedy to the Iranian hostage crisis. He wrote or co-wrote several books including the bestselling The Torch is Passed, on the Kennedy assassination, and 444 Days: The American Hostage Story about the Iranian hostage crisis.

Winning $640m lottery ticket sold in Maryland 

Maryland state lottery officials announced early Saturday their state sold what could become the world's largestlottery payout of all-time, but it wasn't immediately clear if that ticket holder would get sole possession of the $640m (£400m) jackpot or have to split it with other winners.

The Only Way Is Up: One Direction with their Brit Award for best single. We cringe now, but their sound will sum up an era one day

Why today's cheesy piffle is tomorrow's vintage fare

James Delingpole says there's no guilt attached to liking facile, manufactured and tasteless music

The Revel is a new hotel opening in Atlantic City

Student ‘guilty’ of invading privacy of gay room-mate

A former student faces up to 10 years behind bars after being found guilty of a hate crime for cyber-snooping on his gay roommate who later jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge in New York.

Plaintiffs Candido Silva Jnr and Carlos Fernandes shake hands after winning their court case against Americo Lopes

Lottery winner is ordered to share his $24m jackpot

Builder who was in syndicate claimed he bought ticket himself

Real Estate, Sebright Arms, London

Tonight; a low-ceilinged, Lilliputian basement in a pub off Hackney Road. Tomorrow night; a high-ceilinged, velvet-clad hyper-venue in Mornington Crescent with a capacity nearing 2,500.

Dory Previn: Singer and songwriter hailed for hersearing honesty

The confessional singer and songwriter was a key feature of 1970s popular music, with Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, James Taylor and Carole King to the fore. They sold millions of albums and on the whole, admirers were intrigued by their lifestyles and wanted to share them. Dory Previn's personal outpourings were so harrowing that fans would admire her honesty and the quality of her performances but would not want to be her.

Whitney Houston's funeral to be held at home church

Whitney Houston's funeral is to take place at the church in which she performed as a child.

'Arena funeral' plans for Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston's body arrived in her home state of New Jersey today as her family discussed plans for a funeral at one of America's busiest entertainment venues.

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Ice-T leads the dance in the Utah mountains

A great crop of music films have lit up this year's Sundance Festival, says Ed Gibbs

During Amir Khan's (right) world title defence there was a man in a hat who allegedly 'interfered' with supervisor Michael Walsh

Boxing: Amir Khan camp withdraw appeal, fearing hearing would be 'one-sided'

Amir Khan's promoter claims they withdrew their appeal over last month's controversial defeat by Lamont Peterson because they feared Wednesday's International Boxing Federation hearing would be "one-sided" and not "fully transparent".

Frank Luntz said nominees were too busy fighting each other to focus on the real challenge

None of our candidates can beat Obama, admits Republican pollster

As the runners for the Republican nomination brace themselves for the rush of primary elections, starting with New Hampshire, one of the party's most respected pollsters and strategists has said none of the hopefuls might be impressive enough to beat Barack Obama.

Comic book artist Jerry Robinson

Jerry Robinson: Comic book artist whose most famous creation was The Joker

A central figure in the so-called Golden Age of comic books, Jerry Robinson, who has died aged 89, was perhaps best known as the creator of The Joker, probably the best known villain in comics history.

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Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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