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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.

Sloane Crosley: 'New Jersey is not hard to navigate, especially when one lives in neighbouring New York'

Here are the three circumstances under which elderly ladies in insane-looking pointy hats will ask you to come inside their house:

Newark Airport re-opens after bomb scare

Officials say a terminal at New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport has reopened after a computer monitor caused a precautionary shutdown.

Stephen Wood: The man who skis all day

Enjoy the slopes for years ahead – wear a helmet

A Fair Maiden, By Joyce Carol Oates

On a walk one afternoon, 16-year-old Katya Spivak, a nanny in the town of Bayhead Harbor, New Jersey, is approached by Henry Kidder, an elderly illustrator; he offers her money to pose for a series of portraits and she agrees, only vaguely aware of his more sinister intentions.

Nemesis, By Philip Roth

For some time now, Philip Roth has been tidying up his past publications page, shuffling his previous books into five main categories: Zuckerman books (novels about his novelist protagonist, Nathan Zuckerman); Roth books (novels about Philip Roth himself); Kepesh books (novels about his academic protagonist, David Kepesh); Miscellany (non-fiction-ish books about writing) and a vaguer category of "Other Books". With Nemesis, he has introduced a new category, "Nemeses: Short Novels", into which he has shuffled three books (Everyman, Indignation and The Humbling) previously placed in the "other" group.

Student jumps to his death after roommate posts sex tape online

An American undergraduate took his own life by jumping off the George Washington Bridge into the Hudson River after a supposedly private tryst with another man in his campus dormitory block was recorded illicitly by his roommate and a friend and broadcast live over the internet, according to prosecutors in New Jersey.

'Special' Neymar leads Brazil back to their roots

One game, one win and already the beautiful game is back. Brazil – led for the first time by their new coach Mano Menezes – beat the United States 2-0 in New Jersey on Tuesday night. That was enough for some to herald the return of the Joga Bonito.

Leading article: Oh mother!

God bless America. You have to admire a country in which mother-in-law jokes are protected under the constitution. A New Jersey court has thrown out a case brought against a stand-up comedian, Sunda Croonquist, by her husband's mother, who claimed Croonquist was holding her up to public ridicule. The judge has ruled that Croonquist's gags come into the category of free speech.

US court defends right to tell mother-in-law jokes

A standup comedian who was sued for making mother-in-law jokes had the last laugh after a US federal judge threw the case out of court.

Two in court over 30-year-old killings

Carpenter and his cousin accused of locking teenagers in house then burning it down

I threw baby from bridge, father tells police

A massive search for a baby believed to have been thrown into a freezing river by her estranged father will resume today.

A Fair Maiden, By Joyce Carol Oates

Few teenage kicks in odd couple's tale

World's first sex robot revealed at porn show

A New Jersey company says it has developed "the world's first sex robot," a life-size rubber doll that's designed to engage the owner with conversation rather than lifelike movement.

Father's Christmas reunion with the son he lost in Brazil

Five-year custody battle with family of deceased wife ends after court sends boy back to America
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Ashes 2015: Damien Martyn - 'England are fired up again, just like in 2005...'

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Australian veteran of that Ashes series, believes the hosts' may become unstoppable if they win the first Test
Tour de France 2015: Twins Simon and Adam Yates have a mountain to climb during Tour of duty

Twins have a mountain to climb during Tour of duty

Yates brothers will target the steepest sections in bid to win a stage in France
John Palmer: 'Goldfinger' of British crime was murdered, say police

Murder of the Brink’s-MAT mastermind

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Forget little green men - aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert

Forget little green men

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The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

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