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

US to pay $4.1m to student Daniel Chong after he was abandoned in prison cell

Californian Daniel Chong, now 25, had to drink his own urine to survive after he was arrested for smoking pot

Cruelty of the aquarium exposed in killer whale documentary 'Blackfish'

Campaigners against keeping killer whales in captivity hope a documentary released in cinemas today will both shut down an industry and go on to win an Oscar.

The London Film and Comic Con at Earls Court, London

Stormtroopers, Indiana Jones and Batman come to London as fantasy trumps reality at London Film & Comic Con

It was once solely the terrain of only the most ardent comic book fanatic

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US Open: All eyes still on Tiger but the world No 1 dogged by hints of mortality in majors

It’s a long time since Tiger Woods began a competitive round at nearly tea-time and was still playing at 8.19pm when there was a hint of rain in the air and darkness was all around. It is a long time since Woods finished a round the better part of 17 hours after he had started it.

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The power of imagination: Lucas’s $50 cinema ticket becomes reality

A day after George Lucas predicted that going to the cinema would soon cost “50 bucks”, Paramount Pictures is offering audiences in five US cities the chance to buy an unprecedented $50 (£32) “mega ticket” to its new blockbuster, the Brad Pitt zombie epic World War Z.

Immigration and border control waiting times at Chicago Airport

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Deacon Jones

Deacon Jones: American footballer famous for his 'sacks'

David “Deacon” Jones, who died on 3 June after a short illness at the age of 74, was a Hall of Fame American footballer. A defensive end, he was credited with terming the word “sack” for how he knocked down opposing quarterbacks.

Angelina Jolie's aunt Debbie Martin dies of breast cancer

Actress, who has had double mastectomy, has also lost her mother to the disease

Jungle patrol: an elephant safari in Thailand

My life in travel: Annabel Croft

'In Thailand, we did an elephant safari and explored caves by canoe at night'

'Luna Rossa' team boss sets out demands for new America's Cup rules following death of British sailor Andrew Simpson

A series of demands which would radically alter the upcoming America’s Cup have been made by Patrizio Bertelli, boss of the luxury goods house Prada, which is backing the Italian challenger Luna Rossa.

Tim Lambesis, lead singer of As I Lay Dying

As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis denies plotting his wife's murder

Heavy metal singer Tim Lambesis of As I Lay Dying has pleaded not guilty to plotting the attempted murder of his wife.

Christian metalcore band As I Lay Dying singer Tim Lambesis arrested 'for hiring ex-policeman to murder his wife'

The Grammy-nominated frontman of Christian metalcore band As I Lay Dying has been arrested on suspicion of hiring an ex-policeman to kill his wife.

Ye Wocheng during qualifying for the China Open

Ye Wocheng, 12, set to be China's latest golfing record-breaker

'Tigeresque' kid will be youngest European Tour player when he starts this week's tournament

Get me out of here - Crete, California, Bali

Now... Until 31 May, i-escape.com is offering a self-catering week at the SK Place Villas in Crete for between £445-£495pp, depending on the villa, based on four sharing. Flights are extra, but a welcome basket and a pool with stunning sea views are standard. i-escape.com

Leading ‘anti-death penalty’ lawyer, Judy Clarke, to defend Boston bombings suspect

Judy Clarke has secured life sentences instead of the death penalty for high profile clients

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Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
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The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
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The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
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Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

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From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

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A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

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Bill Granger's Christmas Eve fish feast

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Rodgers fights for his reputation

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Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

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Michael Calvin's Last Word

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