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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.

Weymouth: Shore thing for the Olympics

London's venues are still under construction, but in Weymouth – the site of the sailing events in 2012 – the waters already look ship-shape. Matt Barr takes to the waves in Dorset

Farah leaves Rupp trailing on his way to record show

In the bowels of the National Indoor Arena, Mo Farah had just finished his post-race parley with the gentlemen (and ladies) of the press and was preparing to make his exit, stage left. Having pocketed a tidy sum for his 13min 10.60sec shift in the feature race of the Aviva Grand Prix in Birmingham (£3,000 for winning the 5,000m, £3,000 for breaking the British and European indoor records and £1,000 for "outstanding performance of the meeting"), the star of the Second City show could afford to lay out a bob or two on childcare.

Mo Farah set for new coach

Nick Rose can remember little of his 5,000m run at Madison Square Garden on 12 February, 1982 - other than his British indoor record performance at the annual Millrose Games in New York City being regarded back home as “not much of a deal.” It will be different if Mo Farah manages to beat the clock, and Rose’s time of 13min 21.27sec, in the Aviva Grand Prix at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham this afternoon – especially now that Britain’s male athlete of the year has announced his intention to move to the north-west American city known as “Little Beirut,” and to switch coaches to the man who finished two places and four seconds behind the Bristolian Rose in that near-forgotten 5,000m race at ‘The Garden.’

Blizzard brings America to a shuddering halt

An enormous winter storm left millions of Americans shivering in its frozen footprint and crushed snow-laden buildings in the north-east of the country yesterday, where a combination of ice, snow and rain pushed much of the region to breaking point.

'Cuckoo's Nest' asylum hunts relatives of 3,500 forgotten souls

The mental hospital where One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest was filmed is attempting to identify the cremated remains of 3,500 of its former patients, which were left on shelves in a secluded storage area for several decades.

The Decemberists - Everyday stories from country folk

Acoustic experimentalists The Decemberists have opted for a simpler formula on their latest album. They tell Gillian Orr why

Balotelli follows Rooney route to beat knee injury

Manchester City have sent Mario Balotelli, whose persistent knee injury is a source of concern to Roberto Mancini, for two weeks in the United States under the care of the specialist who helped Jonny Wilkinson through his career-threatening injury.

Album: The Decemberists, The King is Dead (Rough Trade)

Kicking off with a Dylanesque blast of harmonica, the Decemberists reveal their new intent right up-front.

Two held after body found in Swansea

Police launched a murder investigation after a body was found in the centre of Swansea in the early hours of today.

<i>IoS</i> letters, emails &amp; online postings (2 January 2011)

Your "smug list" (26 December) failed to include someone who should have been a shoo-in for the top spot. His vanity and conceit are perfectly exemplified by his desire to have countless photographs of himself taken, often touched up for maximum effect. He also loves to hear the sound of his own voice, talking volubly but saying little. Furthermore, his arrogance enables him to indulge in the most pathetic PR stunts in order to hoodwink the public. Yes, for being the most smug, ubiquitous and irritating person of 2010, David Cameron takes the honours.

Margareta Pagano: It's time to bring in the quotas; 20 years on, it's still a man's world

When Kathleen O'Donovan became the first female finance director of a FTSE 100 company nearly 20 years ago, her new job made the front pages.

Caught in the Net: Still living in perfect harmony

Much as I loved Grizzly Bear's 2009 album Veckatimest, there came a point – as plenty of other bands followed suit – that I grew tired of all that artful chamber pop, full of intricate instrumentation and choir-boy harmonies.

Anthony Rose: Because pinot noir is so high maintenance, it is mainly small growers who produce the best results

A fickle, seductive mistress, a minx, or, as the late, great California winemaker André Tchelistcheff declared: "God made cabernet sauvignon whereas the devil made pinot noir." Pinot noir has been called many things in its time and not all of them complimentary. As the mainstay of red burgundy, pinot noir's apogee, the wines of the fabled Domaine de la Romanée Conti are as rare, precious and costly as the garnet, the precious stone whose colour they emulate.

Somali-born teen arrested in US car bomb sting

A Somali-born teenager was arrested yesterday for attempting to detonate what he thought was a car bomb at a Christmas Tree lighting ceremony in Oregon, US authorities said.

Stem cells could help blind patients to see within six weeks

Blind patients suffering from a type of eye disease that strikes in childhood will become the second group of people in the world to receive stem cells derived from spare IVF embryos left over from fertility treatment.

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