News According to reports, federal prosecutors will seek the death penalty against Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

The twin blasts killed three people and wounded more than 260 others at the end of the city's marathon in April 2013

Singing boosts brain activity in Alzheimer’s patients, scientists say

Compared to those who just listened to care home music sessions, those taking part show markedly improved cognition

Rob Ford has been in the public eye recently after he admitted to smoking crack cocaine

Mayors accused of corruption and drug taking... it's all in a day's work at City Hall

What is it about the role that attracts people who are prone to corruption once they reach office?

My life in travel: Jeff Stelling

'I defy anyone not to fall in love with the orang-utans of Borneo after seeing them'

Defence contractor bought US Navy secrets with prostitutes and Lady Gaga tickets, prosecutors say

'Larger-than-life' Malaysian company boss known as Fat Leonard is alleged to have worked with the commander of the Navy to move vessels around 'like chess pieces'

Mine-sweeping US Navy dolphins in Croatia to help comb seabed for unexploded bombs

Team of six bottlenoses will use impeccable hearing and sonar capabilities to mark devices dropped during conflicts in the region

The NFL presence in London is full of hype, given the quality

Ashling O’Connor: Over-hyped and over here - why NFL’s invasion is a cover-up for a cry for help

If the NFL want to win us over, surely they should send the best teams

Television personality, media mogul, actress and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey has confirmed reports that she suffered from a nervous breakdown

Oprah Winfrey admits to having nervous breakdown last year

Television personality, media mogul, actress and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey has confirmed reports that she suffered from a nervous breakdown last year.

Ken Norton attending Muhammad Ali’s 70th birthday celebration last year

Boxing: Ken Norton, heavyweight icon who 'beat' Muhammad Ali three times

Series of epic fights with The Greatest went to split decisions – and he reckons he won them all

Jonathan Brownlee receives bashing from Olympic champion brother Alistair

Triathlon: Jonathan Brownlee misses out and faces wrath of big brother Alistair

Jonny beaten by Spain’s Javier Gomez in sprint finish

Is it a boy or a large amount of cocaine? Nine of the most bizarre drug-smuggling techniques

In the umpteenth depressing example of how pawns take the fall for drug kingpins, a woman who attempted to fly out of Bogota wearing a fake pregnancy bump stashed with two kilograms of cocaine has been arrested by Columbian authorities. If there's anything positive to say here, at least the exposure of this novel, inventive approach to smuggling will have wised-up customs officials worldwide. Other than the 'cocaine pregnancy', though, how else have cartels tried to ship their product to middle America and beyond?

1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Private research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with a strong emphasis on science, engineering and technological education and research. Founded 1861.

The top 100 universities in the world - QS rankings

Here are the top 100 universities in the world for 2013/14 compiled by the QS World Universities

Mother giraffe, Jang-Soon, top, rubs her calf at the park in Yongin

Giraffe breaks record with birth of 18th calf

A giraffe has set a world record by giving birth to her 18th calf, at the Samsung Everland safari park just outside Seoul.

A sunrise over the Pacific Ocean at Turtle Bay

How the Pacific has put global warming on hold (but not for long)

Although temperatures on Earth are higher than ever, the ocean is playing a major role in absorbing excess heat, a new study suggests

Kidnapped California teenager takes to ask.fm to answer questions about her ordeal just hours after being rescued

Hannah Anderson spoke about being held in captivity on the site, days after it came under controversy for abusive messages posted by other users

For those who have argued, 'who would win in a fight, Superman or Batman?', Hollywood hopes to have an answer by 2015

Batman v Superman: Zach Snyder takes advice from Frank Miller in bid for blockbuster battle of the superheroes

Batman v Superman director Zach Snyder will have talks in the next few days with the man who first pitched the two superheroes against each other in an iconic comic book tale 30 years ago.

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Wilko Johnson, now the bad news: musician splits with manager after police investigate assault claims

Wilko Johnson, now the bad news

Former Dr Feelgood splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker