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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.

Album: Menomena, Mines (City Slang)

Recorded in much the same way as previous efforts (jamming, recording, looping, cutting and pasting), the biggest surprise about the latest from this Portland, Oregon, trio is how darn traditional it sounds.

US prosecutor says no case against Gore

Former Vice President Al Gore was cleared yesterday of allegations he groped and assaulted a masseuse in a luxury Portland hotel room in 2006, closing a case that could have tarnished the Nobel prize winner's reputation.

Dog survives 120ft fall

A dog was nicknamed Lucky today after surviving a 120ft cliff fall with just a limp.

Malbon makes nervous start to Figaro solo race

The first few miles of the Figaro solo race proved a nervous test for the only British competitor, Jonny Malbon, representing the Artemis team.

Traveller's Guide: Maine

With an extensive coastline, a dramatic interior and historic towns, this New England state has plenty to offer, says Aoife O'Riordain

‘Zombie’ crash scares witnesses

Concerned motorists rushing to a car that had flipped over near Portland, Oregon came across a scene that made them fear the worse, according to KGW News.

McDonald's to train Olympics volunteers

McDonald's will help recruit and train the 70,000 volunteers who will be key to staging the London 2012 Olympics.

Police reopen inquiry into Gore's 'assault' on masseuse

Al Gore, the former US vice-president, has welcomed a decision by police in Portland to reopen an investigation into a massage therapist's allegations that he groped her at a hotel four years ago, according to his a spokeswoman.

Police reopen probe into Al Gore allegations

US police said they reopened an investigation into a massage therapist's allegations that former Vice President Al Gore groped her at an upscale hotel in 2006.

Gardening Women by Catherine Horwood

The green-fingered rebels

Judge puts hold on Gary Coleman's cremation

A judge ordered that Diff'rent Strokes actor Gary Coleman's remains be cremated no sooner than tomorrow afternoon, so Coleman's ex-girlfriend has enough time to travel from Oregon to Utah to see his body.

Album: Blitzen Trapper, Destroyer of the Void (Sub Pop)

Longer but less potent and focused than last year's seven-track "Black River Killer" EP, Destroyer of the Void finds Portland, Oregon's Blitzen Trapper vacillating between the chamber-folk Americana of songs like "Below the Hurricane" and "The Man Who Would Speak True" and the more complex psych-rock of "Laughing Lover", whose serpentine melody and enigmatic lyric recalls Portland close neighbours The Shins.

<i>IoS</i> letters, emails & online postings (30 May 2010)

For a school to achieve "outstanding" status, there presumably has to be something outstanding about the way it is run. The coalition proposes to "fix" what is so categorically not broken (everything else is, apparently) by converting such schools to academies. In doing so, it will place them under the control of "sponsor"-heavy governing bodies, thus ensuring that any other voices can always be outvoted, and removing democratic accountability through local authorities.

The Big Six: US wine hotels

The Carneros Inn, California

Investment Column: Investec is moving on the right track, buy

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