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Fuller warned too many copycat shows are killing the talent show genre

Former American Idol contestant killed

Authorities say a 25-year-old former two-time American Idol contestant has been struck and killed by a car in a New Jersey shore town.

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British chef takes healthy eating campaign Stateside to convert one obese city

Idol shock as humiliated fan dies of overdose

A Paula Abdul fan, who was publicly humiliated during an audition for American Idol, has been found dead outside the talent show judge’s home.

Idol reject kills herself outside judge's home

A woman who killed herself near American Idol judge Paula Abdul's home was a would-be contestant who was savaged during her audition, it emerged today.

Sailing: Coutts and Cayard plan for grand prix

A €50m (£33.3m) bid to establish a new grand prix of world yachting was launched yesterday by the triple America's Cup winner Russell Coutts and Volvo race winner Paul Cayard yesterday. The World Sailing League is designed to rival the already established world match racing circuit, the series of build-up regattas for the next America's Cup and the Volvo round-the-world race.

US report warns of worsening Iraq violence

The prospect of an early US withdrawal from Iraq has receded further after an intelligence assessment warned that a pull-out by coalition forces would only lead to a further surge in sectarian violence.

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