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England denied historic 4-0 Ashes victory as umpires take teams off for bad light with just 21 runs needed

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Four people arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of a 63-year-old cyclist have been bailed pending further inquiries.

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Guitar trio: (from left) Gordon Skene, Scott Hutchison, and Billy Kennedy of Frightened Rabbit on stage this year

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The former Derby favourite Kingsbarns may run on Sunday

Kingsbarns at last set to live up to reputation

The status of Derby favourite proved something of a poisoned chalice this spring, when first Kingsbarns and then Telescope dropped out of the Epsom picture with setbacks. Both are about to start making up for lost time, however, each having been given an exploratory Group Three entry this weekend. Telescope, who made an impressive resumption at Leicester last month, could go to Haydock on Saturday, while Kingsbarns is on course to reappear at the Curragh the following day.

Look before you ‘like’: Using smartphones on the move can seriously damage your health

Phubbing can be phatal: Staying glued to your smartphone in public isn't just rude, it can also get you killed

It turns out that staying glued to your smartphone in public isn't just rude, it can also get you killed. For the first time in decades, the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has reported a rise in the number of American pedestrians killed in traffic accidents – from 4,109 in 2009 to 4,432 in 2011 – and the nation's Secretary of Transportation has attributed that rise to what he called "distracted walking".

Greece declares wildfires emergency

Greek authorities have announced a series of emergency measures to prevent the outbreak of wildfires during a week of high winds and warm temperatures, after firefighters and soldiers spent the night battling a large blaze north of Athens.

Venice Beach crash: Driver arrested after ploughing into crowd and killing woman on honeymoon

Flowers have been placed on the spot where a driver ploughed into a crowd gathered the Venice Beach boardwalk in a seemingly intentional hit-and-run, killing one woman and injuring 11 others.

Drink-drive deaths soar by 25 per cent after decades of decline

An estimated 290 people were killed in drink-drive accidents in Britain in 2012

Holidaying pensioner dies after being crushed against caravan by 4x4

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Sir Dave Brailsford speaks with the winner of the 2013 Tour de France, Chris Froome, during the final stage

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Not lovin' it: McDonald's rider refused to say neigh after horse was turned away from drive-through lane

She led the animal inside, where it left a load - resulting in a police fine

Seven injured in Beer motorhome crash

Six pedestrians and a driver were injured when a motorhome collided with a group of people in a Devon village.

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