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A major search and rescue operation was launched yesterday after a number of swimmers at a charity event in Dorset went home without notifying organisers.

Bronze for windsurfer Shaw

In a performance full of character and determination, Bryony Shaw took the bronze medal in the women's windsurfer, boosting Britain's sailing medal tally to five, equalling the five won in both Sydney and Athens.

Goodison gets GB off to a golden morning

No mercy, no compromise, no doubts about the ruthless tactics, Paul Goodison won Britain's third gold medal and achieved the GB team's target of four overall in the singlehanded Laser this morning.

Inkster paints picture of success for Sorenstam

The sentimentalists demanded that a woman on the verge of retirement should be the star turn at the Ricoh Women's British Open, although, on the first day here yesterday, it was the 48-year-old Juli Inkster rather than 37-year-old Annika Sorenstam soaring up there on the leader board. Still, if Sorenstam ever wants evidence there is a professional career after childbirth then Inkster is living, multitasking proof of that fact.

Olympics: Four decades later, we're all still doing the Fosbury Flop

The Olympics in Mexico City raised the bar in the high jump with the unveiling of a new, enduring technique

The Investment Column: Hold on to Great Portland at this demanding time

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Sailors find dead dolphin in garden

Two sailors were amazed when they woke to find a dead dolphin in the garden of their Dorset home - especially as they live on a steep hill half a mile from the sea.

Chuck Palahniuk talks sex dolls, strippers and the one subject he won't write about

The disciple of 'Dangerous Writing', Chuck Palahniuk, reveals his unusual creative process, and the one place that he won't go in his notoriously bad-taste fiction

Refresh, Refresh, By Benjamin Percy

Blood is spilt in every one of these 10 stories, whether as the result of a fight, a car crash, a gunshot wound, the killing of an elk or a mauling by a bear. In one story a man falls from a tree and breaks his pelvis; blood fills his scrotum until it's the size of a baby's head. Written in an urgent present tense, every story starts out tough and gets tougher. Events follow a wild, remorseless logic of their own. Whenever you expect Percy to touch the brakes, he hits the accelerator. Few of the stories end calmly, with the plot neatly wrapped up; Percy prefers to end on a note of ongoing tension. "When the Bear Came" leaves the reader with the memorable image of a giant grizzly straining at the leash that holds it, staring ferociously into the eyes of the man who stands 10 paces away with a levelled rifle.

Quadriplegic sailor's solo voyage around Britain suffers setback

It has been a frustrating end to the week for the round-Britain quadriplegic sailor Hilary Lister. After departing in ideal conditions from Dover Harbour on Monday, the weather and a last-minute technical hitch have conspired to leave her behind schedule on her extraordinary 12-week voyage.

Young offenders are lending an ear to their fellow inmates

Thanks to drugs, bullying and overcrowding, the number of 'vulnerable' young offenders is spiralling. Who better to help them cope than fellow inmates?

I'm within reach of victory, says Obama

Barack Obama stepped to the brink of victory in the Democratic presidential race today, defeating Hillary Clinton in the Oregon primary and moving within 100 delegates of the total needed to claim the prize at the party convention this summer.

I'll go right to the wire, insists Clinton

Hillary Clinton warned Barack Obama last night to hold his horses in portraying himself as the winner of the race for the Democratic Party's nomination and said she intends to carry on competing until the last primary votes are counted at the start of June.

I am Kloot, Koko, London

Tickets were available on the night for I Am Kloot's tour-opener in Camden – which just goes to show that there's no justice in this world. Quite why a band this good should go so under-appreciated is a bit of a mystery, but then again the industry likes categories, and I Am Kloot don't fall neatly into any of them.

Claire Beale's Best in Show: Coca-Cola (Weiden & Kennedy)

Students of advertising might be familiar with this week's Best in Show. It's been around, in the rest of the world and online, and on creative forums, for a while now. But UK consumers haven't been hit with it before. Now they will be.

DNA found in Oregon rewrites the book on the first native Americans

Textbook accounts of how the Americas were first populated may have to be re-written following the discovery of the oldest DNA of prehistoric humans who lived 14,300 years ago in what is now Oregon.

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A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

Who remembers that this week we enter the 150th anniversary year of the end of the American Civil War, asks Robert Fisk
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Homeless Veterans appeal

Former soldiers pay their respects to a friend who also served
Downfall of Dustin 'Screech' Diamond, the 'Saved By The Bell' star charged with bar stabbing

Scarred by the bell

The downfall of the TV star charged with bar stabbing
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Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Security breaches and overhyped start-ups dominated a year in which very little changed (save the size of your phone)
Cuba's golf revolution: But will the revolutionary nation take 'bourgeois' game to its heart?

Will revolutionary Cuba take 'bourgeois' golf to its heart?

Fidel Castro ridiculed the game – but now investment in leisure resort projects is welcome
The Locked Room Mysteries: As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor Otto Penzler explains the rules of engagement

The Locked Room Mysteries

As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor explains the rules of engagement
Amy Adams on playing painter Margaret Keane in Tim Burton's Big Eyes

How I made myself Keane

Amy Adams hadn’t wanted to take the role of artist Margaret Keane, because she’d had enough of playing victims. But then she had a daughter, and saw the painter in a new light
Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

Parting view of Ofcom chief... we hate jokes on the disabled

Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog, Ed Richards
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Wear in review

A look back at fashion in 2014
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Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015

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The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
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Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

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