News Yes we can (fit it all in): Obama has come under fire for his fat-filled photo shoots

The POTUS has revealed his past as a pot-user. These days, says David Usborne, Barack Obama has other vices

Investor hit with $9.6m fine over illegal deals

FSA dishes out record punishment to Indian businessman following scam at Stock Exchange

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The Da Vinci feud: has the National Gallery snubbed a Leonardo masterpiece?

Owner says ego and expediency are behind the rejection of his 'genuine' Leonardo

Herman Cain said people were 'trying to destroy me personally'

Fourth woman claims Herman Cain harassment

Another woman has accused Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain of sexual harassment.

Face to watch: Tom Allen's light-entertainment prowess is being recognised on the small screen with two upcoming presenting gigs for E4

Agenda: Tom Allen; Manson; Ryan Gosling; Mazzy Star

Fashion: Now the shoe's on the other foot

Didcot in Oxfordshire is overshadowed by its power station

Man about towns: Comedian Mark Steel reveals why British towns are anything but boring

They might have identikit chain stores and car parks – but every town in Britain has a distinct character. So argues comedian Mark Steel, who has made provincial pilgrimages from Basingstoke to Wigan

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Occupy Oakland protesters shut down the US’s fifth busiest port yesterday

Oakland erupts into violence as demonstrators shut down port

The Occupy Wall Street movement demonstrated both its power and its potentially ugly side as demonstrators in the Californian city of Oakland shut down the fifth-busiest port in the US, before a night of violence that landed at least four protesters in hospital.

MF Global administrator vows to close broker's positions within days

More than 700 staff in London are told they will be paid this month – but their jobs are still at risk

MF Global suspended from trading

The New York Fed suspended MF Global from conducting new business with the central bank today and its shares were suspended, as the troubled brokerage nears a deal on its future.

Ready To Wear: The fight over red is really just about the colour of money

"The colour red just got some support from the colour blue," read a story in Women's Wear Daily last Tuesday, which is WWD speak for the fact that jeweller Tiffany is backing shoemaker Christian Louboutin in an attempt to persuade the legal world that colour can be trademarked.

Letter from the i editor: It's better to receive than give

I was going to write about what I learnt at the i birthday party today, but in truth that second sambucca shot made for a poor teacher.

'Broker' admits sale of black-market kidneys

A New York man has pleaded guilty to brokering the sale of black-market organs in what prosecutors said was the first US conviction for illegally selling human kidneys for profit.

Diary: The talking dead

It's every teenage girl's dream: a séance with James Franco (above left). The Hollywood actor/ artist/everything will present a new three-part work inspired by Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie inNew York next month.

Letter from the i editor: A truly happy birthday

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