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Just one day after his funeral at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park, his family and friends gathered to say a final farewell to the actor and Roger Rodas

Huguette Clark Gower, who died in 2011

Future of heiress’s California estate in doubt

Tim Walker

Jeremy Paxman with his new beard on Newsnight

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Plus, why John Cleese still has some growing up to do

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

Starving sea lion pups fill California rescue centres on US west coast

Hundreds of starving sea lion pups are washing up on beaches in Southern California, overwhelming rescue centres and leaving scientists scrambling to figure out why.

Google Doodle celebrates life of Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy author Douglas Adams

Today’s Google Doodle marks the anniversary of the birth of science fiction writer Douglas Adams.

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The Big Six: Californian city stays

Hip haunts, Hollywood history and playful pop art

A meteor streaks across the sky of Russiaís Ural Mountains

Sun-powered space lasers, gravity tractor beams, or a nuclear device - how to stop asteroids and meteors from hitting the earth

After the week in which an asteroid passed a mere 17,000 miles from the earth, and a meteor injured over a thousand people in Russia one scientist warns 'duck and cover' is not an option

Get me out of here: Austria, California, Sovalye

Now... Departing on 9 February, Inghams has a week skiing the slopes of Soll in Austria for £699pp. The deal includes accommodation at the Chalet Bichler with all meals, Monarch flights from Gatwick or Stansted to Innsbruck and resort transfers. Inghams.co.uk

Man held for Los Angeles area homeless stabbings

Police have arrested a man over the stabbings of three homeless people in the Los Angeles area, who they say goes by a name signed on “death warrants” found with the wounded victims.

Three homeless people found stabbed in Los Angeles

Police have linked three July stabbings of homeless people in the Los Angeles area to one suspect who left typewritten “death warrant” notes at each crime scene.

The Man Within My Head, By Pico Iyer

A vivid memoir about a writer's association with another who revealed loneliness and friendship

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beer café'

Traveller's Guide: Gourmet California

The Golden State's mouth-watering cuisine covers everything from food trucks to fine dining – and the wine isn't bad either, says Andy Lynes.

Anthony Rose: 'Pinot noir is high maintenance'

Pinot noir is on my mind, I'm pleased to say. In the past few weeks, I've tasted German pinot noir against the rest of the world, fine red Burgundy at a pre-sale tasting by the American auction house, Acker Merrall & Condit, Australian pinot noir against New Zealand, and, most recently, an 'emerging classics' tasting of Chilean pinot noir. That's quite a lot of pinot noir even if you love the thrill of great red Burgundy and its vinous acolytes, which fortunately I do.

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