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Are soundtracked books a stunt or the future of ebooks?

Have your heard about the latest thing in publishing? 'Soundtracked' books are gaining ground in a crowded ebook market, tempting readers with interactive features. Alex Lawson speaks to one of the genre's leading lights, and gives his verdict on listening in

Jeff Conaway: Actor best known as Kenickie in 'Grease' and Bobby

Starring as the swaggering, leather jacket-wearing heartthrob Kenickie, alongside John Travolta, in the film version of the hit musical Grease brought Jeff Conaway global fame. Cinema audiences were quick to learn of Kenickie's two biggest loves – fast motors and fast women – in an early scene where he has sex in the back of his car with his girlfriend, Rizzo (Stockard Channing). Kenickie is a leading light in the high-school T-Birds gang of greasers and sidekick to Danny Zuko (Travolta), whose rekindling of a summer romance with Sandy Olsen (Olivia Newton-John) is the central story in the 1978 film. Conaway had already played Danny in the stage musical on Broadway but had to make way on screen for Travolta, who was hot property following his starring role in the film Saturday Night Fever.

Is depression actually good for you?

Experts now believe that mild to moderate depression may be good for us – and even help us live longer. Rebecca Hardy explains how to reap the benefits

'Chef killer may have been quizzed'

The detective leading the hunt for missing Claudia Lawrence revealed today that he could have "potentially" spoken to her killer, as her friends and family marked the second anniversary of her disappearance.

Lib Dem leader's lesson for the US in politics of co-operation

It is a long way from Liverpool, but New York was not the escape Nick Clegg might have hoped for. First he had to perform Vince Cable damage control before speeding to a New York University town hall event to tell of strange things going on in Britain: opposing parties talking to each, governing together even.

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Fall in fish stocks far worse than feared, study shows

The dramatic decline of fish stocks around the British Isles is highlighted by a study showing that fishing fleets today have to work 17 times as hard to catch a given amount of fish than the largely sail-powered vessels of the late-19th century.