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Tyler Doohan went back inside the bedroom of a burning trailer to try and save his disabled grandfather

BAE hopes to raise £1.3bn with US sale

Defence giant BAE Systems is hoping to raise $2bn (£1.3bn) through the sale of one of its US businesses, it was reported today.

Rochester's literary past reveals a great deal about the city

Charles Dickens, champion of the working man and the overburdened woman, would be delighted with the offer each day from 7am to 9am outside the Golden Lion pub: tea or coffee for 49p. I’ll have two, thanks, and keep the change: a boost of caffeine is just what you need to make the most of the city that has been thriving for two millennia – and, within the past year, has moved even closer to London and the rest of the country.

Failing is just another opportunity to learn

Rowenna Davis talks to students whose paths did not follow the course they had first planned

Mud: Stories of Sex and Love, By Michèle Roberts

This is a delicious book, to be savoured mouthful by mouthful like caviar – or perhaps as a child comes to know the world, by stuffing every object we encounter into our mouths. For that is how these stories work. Black suede shoes "look good enough to eat"; a handful of moist earth or the rich, squidgy mud itself demands to be relished intensely by all senses .

Summer of tainted love: A season of strictly adult stories about the shadow side of love and sex

Boyd Tonkin looks into a grown-up literature of dark desire

Man remanded on suitcase body murder charge

An IT specialist appeared at the Old Bailey today accused of killing a woman whose body was found dumped in a suitcase.

Acupuncture 'can act as pain relief'

Scientists have identified a mechanism which explains why acupuncture can be effective at relieving pain. Researchers found that adenosine, a natural compound with painkilling and anti-inflammatory properties, is produced in tissues where needles are inserted.

The 24-hour party people spring into action

Cameron kicked off with a jog, Clegg with a pep talk, and Brown with eggs on toast. Andy McSmith reports on a gruelling day when the campaigning began in earnest

Michael Savage: From the off, they went after key votes

In the mad scramble that ensued in the moments after Gordon Brown finally announced the start of the election campaign, party leaders appeared to head for the nearest mode of transport available as they raced to be the first to meet the public. In fact, each man's movements have been carefully plotted for the next four weeks.

The Hell-Fire Clubs, By Evelyn Lord

What does Alistair Darling have in common with Sir Francis Dashwood (1708-1781), founder of the notorious Medmenham Friars?

Bishops claim bias against Christians

Senior bishops today claimed Christians in Britain are being "treated with disrespect" while followers of other faiths are dealt with more sensitively.

Now Brown, the Romantic, turns to Keats

Our PM as the poet's 'stubborn rock' in a stormy sea? Well, it's a change from Heathcliff, or mad Mrs Rochester

Book of a lifetime: In Youth Is Pleasure, By Denton Welch

I was a typical teenager. I loved Egon Schiele and The Smiths. At school break, I'd run down to the river to skim flat pebbles and drink Whiskey Mac with classmates. Our blue and gold uniforms sparkled in the sun, and I'd retreat to the shade to read Denton Welch's In Youth is Pleasure.

Plastic chemicals 'may feminise boys' brains'

Chemicals used in plastics could be "feminising" the brains of baby boys, a study published today has suggested.

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