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WH Smith shrugs off high street woes and hands back £36m

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Barely hours after Americans heard the dull thump of the trial of John Edwards, the one-time presidential hopeful, ending with an acquittal on one charge of campaign finance violations and a mistrial on all the others, they are being told: just wait a minute, you haven't heard the half of it.

Katy Guest: I've read the future, and it doesn't work (or smell nice)

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