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Fans include Anna Wintour and Natalie Portman – yet high art, not the red carpet, inspires their collections. Alex Fury meets Kate and Laura Mulleavy, creators of New York's hottest fashion label, Rodarte

Steven Seagal killed my puppy, says man seized in reality TV police raid

Steven Seagal killed my puppy. So says Jesus Sanchez Llovera, an Arizona man whose home was raided by armed detectives filming a reality TV programme in which the veteran actor works as a volunteer police officer.

House of Holes, By Nicholson Baker

When Nicholson Baker stopped writing about sex after Vox and The Fermata, I thought he'd lost his nerve; now he has returned to it with House of Holes, I fear he's lost his mind. What was so impressive about Baker's previous sexually explicit work (only part of a wide-ranging oeuvre) was that the transgression took place within a thought-out narrative structure. Vox, written entirely in dialogue, contained long male and female fantasies exchanged on a phone-line as they progressed towards mutual satisfaction (the book gained notoriety when Monica Lewinsky made a gift of it to Bill Clinton). The Fermata was a bawdy take on Wells's The Time Machine, featuring a narrator, Arno Stine, who stopped time to undress women without their consent - which he slowly realised was a bad idea.

Arizona: Man, 86, impaled on pruning shears

A man who accidentally impaled himself on pruning shears is lucky to be alive. Leroy Luetscher, 86, was working in his garden in Green Valley, Arizona, when he dropped the shears. As he went to pick them up, he lost his balance and fell face down on the handle. It penetrated his eye socket and went into his neck, coming to rest on the external carotid artery.

Susie Rushton: This is one tattoo too far

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Strauss-Kahn cleared after prosecutors admit doubts over maid's claim

Sex assault case a nightmare for my family, says former IMF chief

Video: Dust cloud engulfs Phoenix

For the third time in a month, hot weather has whipped up thick dust storms in Arizona, cutting power lines and delaying flights.

Silicon Valley: The anatomy of a cutting-edge start-up

The Andregg brothers might have the cure for all our illnesses in their grasp. But how do a pair of penniless science nerds raise the millions needed to unlock the very fabric of our DNA? Dream big - and get lucky...

Artificial heart is latest advance in a story of pioneering medical science

Hal Hodson explains why a good heart is hard to find

Mel B to give birth in same suite as Victoria Beckham

Mel B is going to give birth in the same delivery suite as her former Spice Girls bandmate Victoria Beckham.

Leading article: Is there life on Mars?

In 1878 the Italian astronomer Giovanni Virginio turned his telescope on a little red dot in the night sky and noted some features which he later described as canali. The word means "channels" in Italian, but it was mistranslated as "canals".

End of the road for the high priest of group sex with minors

The saga of Warren Jeffs' long-running trial shocked most of America – but many sects still hail him as a hero. Guy Adams reports

Streak marks on surface of Mars may be a sign of flowing water

Streams of salty water could be coursing their way down the steep sides of craters on Mars, scientists believe after identifying a series of dark lines in photographs.

Video: Shot Congresswoman gets standing ovation

Congresswoman and Arizona shooting survivor Gabrielle Giffords is met with applause during her return to Washington.

Tea Party holds US – and the world – to ransom

Despite backing a two-stage debt deal last night, a rump of far-right Republicans is blocking progress on the budget deficit
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International Tap Festival comes to the UK

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War with Isis: Is Turkey's buffer zone in Syria a matter of self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

Turkey's buffer zone in Syria: self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

Ankara accused of exacerbating racial division by allowing Turkmen minority to cross the border
Doris Lessing: Acclaimed novelist was kept under MI5 observation for 18 years, newly released papers show

'A subversive brothel keeper and Communist'

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BBC heads to the Californian coast

The Big Blue Live crew is preparing for the first of three episodes on Sunday night, filming from boats, planes and an aquarium studio
Austin Bidwell: The Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England with the most daring forgery the world had known

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Conman Austin Bidwell. was a heartless cad who carried out the most daring forgery the world had known
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