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Crossing Niagara, the return journey

Tightrope walker Nik Wallenda is fighting to overturn a 100-year ban on high-wire acts over the Falls

New York hosts its first gay weddings

The wedding bells rang out ceaselessly across New York yesterday as dozens of gay couples rushed to tie the knot after the state became the sixth to sanction same-sex marriage.

Screen Talk: Dawn rising

There is little doubt that the Hollywood film-making industry takes its role as a global force very seriously.

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Traveller's Guide: The Great Lakes

Staggering in their size and beauty, North America's freshwater wonders offer the chance to experience nature and adventure.

The Sketch: Ed, you are more Gromit than Wallace

Yes, a roller coaster of emotions. You must have felt them too, as Harriet wound up the conference. They'd been disappointed, proud, sobered, fortified and as Lord Prescott would say, optimisticated. Yes, and when the polls come out they might get that lovely whizzy feeling you get going over Niagara Falls in a barrel.

Jack London: Not just the voice of the wild

Jack London revolutionised American fiction but today is best known for a children's book. Johann Hari deplores the emasculation of a formidable figure

Caretaker in US killed after falling into compactor

A caretaker at a prominent office building who was missing for weeks was crushed to death after falling into a rubbish compactor, surveillance video has revealed.

Go with the flow: The traveller's guide to waterfalls

Powerful. Deafening. Beautiful. The natural wonder of the world's waterfalls never fails to impress

Henry Winkler: 'I first read a novel when I was in my thirties. Now I'm a writer'

Former 'Happy Days' star tells of his reinvention as a children's author

The Opposite of Falling, By Jennie Rooney

Writing as sharp as a new pin

Screen talk: Jessica Alba to meet the Fockers

Jessica Alba doesn't do ugly. The actress is in negotiations to join the Ben Stiller-Robert De Niro comedy 'Little Fockers'.

Rupert Cornwell: Hate the government? Love the national parks

Out of America: A new TV series aims to persuade the US that a publicly owned service run for the benefit of the people can be a good thing

Man survives plunge over Niagara Falls

Third person in history to survive unprotected fall

Niagara plunge man spurned rescue bids

An apparently distraught man jumped into Niagara Falls and survived the 180-foot plunge, then resisted rescue attempts before he eventually was pulled from the icy water to safety, Canadian police said.

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