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Poignant letter is filled with words of encouragement for her 22-year-old self

Another G4S nightmare: 82-year-old nun beats guards to break into nuclear facility

Anti-nuclear protesters' successful incursion expose security failings at uranium plant

Album: Joss Stone, The Soul Sessions Vol. 2 (Stone'd/S-Curve)

A "revisitation" of the idea which launched Stone into the crossover jetstream: ballsy, mannered reconstructions of what the word "soul" might once have stood for.

Funk Brothers bass player Bob Babbitt dies at 74

Prominent Motown studio musician and Funk Brothers member Bob Babbitt, whose bass playing pounded through the Temptations hit "Ball of Confusion" and Marvin Gaye's "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)," has died. He was 74.

US woman told to pay for abandoned Russian boy

An American woman who adopted a Russian boy and later sent him back to Moscow on a one-way flight has been ordered to pay $150,000 (£95,000) and produce an additional $1,000 (£633) a month in child support.

Rangers' home ground, the Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow

Rangers towed to safer ground

The American owner of a tow-truck manufacturer has been chosen to rescue Rangers after they went into administration three months ago.

Frank Turner, Wembley Arena

Frank Turner is a former hardcore Punkster who fronted band Million Dead in the early noughties. But his much gentler, quintessentially English folk-influenced solo material has earned him enough fans to sell-out a 12,000-capacity Wembley Arena.

Book Of A Lifetime: Wise Blood, By Flannery O'Connor

I must have been reading a run of unsurprising novels because at some point in my early forties, 'Wise Blood' by Flannery O'Connor woke me up. Hazel Motes, the main character, carves a chasm through the book and I followed him through. I pursued Asa Hawkes, the blind preacher, and shunned Enoch Emery, the 18-year-old zoo-keeper obsessed with the preserved corpse in the town museum.

Festival Guide 2012: Q&A: Band of Skulls

For Matt Hayward from the Southampton rockers, festival season means tequila, Biffy Clyro – and a cup of tea with mum

Santorum tightens grip on Bible Belt with Louisiana win

Rick Santorum won the Louisiana Republican presidential primary this weekend, beating front-runner Mitt Romney in the race to challenge President Barack Obama.

White says: 'When we started singing together, there was this weird click; it was like there was a dance going where I knew I could lead her but she could lead me, too.'

How We Met: Joy Williams & John Paul White

'It was like a dance where I knew I could lead her, but she could lead me, too'

28 killed as storms ravage US

Powerful storms stretching from the US Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes in the north wrecked two small towns and killed at least 28 people as the system tore roofs off schools and homes and damaged a maximum-security prison. It was the second deadly tornado outbreak this week.

American woman who returned Russian boy sued

An American woman who sent her adopted Russian son back to Moscow alone on an aircraft with a note saying she didn't want him any more is facing a lawsuit for child support.

Gil Scott-Heron performs in California in 2010

Godfather of rap's last words: Exclusive extract from Gil Scott-Heron’s posthumous memoir

Next month, the visionary poet, rap/hip-hop pioneer, and author Gil Scott-Heron will be honoured with a Special Merit Award at the Grammys. Here is an exclusive extract from his forthcoming memoir, The Last Holiday

Bankrupt rapper Young Buck told to sell his name

He still wears diamond earrings, a gold medallion and the chunkiest of diamond-encrusted watches, but the hip-hop artist Young Buck could be about to lose one of his most valuable possessions: his name.

John Daly with Little John

John Daly: 'Wild Thing' turns into father of the year

His eight-year-old son could barely read or write – and his mum was in prison. So the golfer put on his tutor's hat and started to educate his boy... and it's paying off. He talks exclusively to James Corrigan

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