News Allan Umscheid, owner of Yards By Al in Lawrence, Kan, feels the bitter wind and catches drifting snow on his face as he runs a snow blower early morning

With Arctic winds plummeting temperatures to  -50C, much of North America has shut down as authorities warn of the life-threatening freeze

Clinton and Dole debate taking on Perot

With 10 days to go to the first scheduled candidates' debate, the campaign teams of Bill Clinton and Bob Dole must this week resolve a key question: whether or not Ross Perot should be allowed to take part.

Arjo Wiggins suffers pulp friction

Investment Column

Arjo warns on profits as demand falls

Arjo Wiggins Appleton yesterday issued its fourth profits warning since last November after second-quarter sales figures showed a continuing slowdown in demand for its paper and packaging products. The company had already warned, at its annual meeting in May, that first-half profits would be lower.

Mayor Barry is reunited with God

After a two-week provincial tour, the Marion Barry show came home yesterday. Saying that "God chose me, God working through the people put me in the mayor's office," Mr Barry was back in Washington, pronouncing himself drug-free, drink-free and now cigarette- free, ready to take back the helm of hapless Washington DC.

Replay; Robert Cowan makes his pick of the latest reissues

Copland: Orchestral works

Gretsky confirms his move

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BASINGSTOKE FINED FOR FAILING TO TRAVEL

Ice hockey

OBITUARY: Melvin Kranzberg

The history of technology is a late-comer to the range of academic disciplines, and Melvin Kranzberg did more than anybody in the Western world to secure its acceptance. This achievement was based on three foundations: first, his enthusiam and skill as a teacher, which won him generations of admirers amongst students and colleagues; second, his devotion to the creation of a society to advance the study of the subject; and third, his tireless commitment to the support of causes involved in the history of technology, both at home in the United States and, most outstandingly, through his international affiliations.

Muggers take McCall purse

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American football: Movers profit but expansion teams shaken

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Dead hot in the windy city Dead heat in the windy city

So there's been a heatwave in Chicago. But did 400 people have to die? asks Daniel Jeffreys

Arjo warns of surge in pulp prices

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MARKET REPORT : French romance cools for AWA

The FT-SE 100 index gained 29.8 points to 3,049.3 and the FT-SE 250 rose 0.5 to 3,401. Turnover was 701.1 million shares with 22,624 bargains. Gilts rose more than one point.

FASHION: PARIS Diary of a catwalk debutante

Scary hair, tricky trousers - never a dull moment when you're a couture model, as Chrystele Saint-Louis-Augustin's journal shows
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A Christmas without hope: Fears grow in Gaza that the conflict with Israel will soon reignite

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Gaza fears grow that conflict with Israel will soon reignite
After 150 years, you can finally visit the grisliest museum in the country

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After 150 years, you can finally visit Britain's grisliest museum
No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

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Chilly Christmas: Swimmers take festive dip for charity

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Swimmers dive into freezing British waters for charity
Veterans' hostel 'overwhelmed by kindness' for festive dinner

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

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Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
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