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Good Samaritan is believed to have been involved in a collision after going to help a man who jumped

Twitter shares near all-time high but billionaire founder Jack Dorsey couldn't care less

Twitter shares climbed to a near all-time high in New York trading yesterday as investors cheered a series of new products introduced by the social media giant.

More concessions from kinder, cuddlier Ryanair as airline halves controversial excess baggage fee

Michael O'Leary has admitted that Ryanair has an 'image problem'

Dear Barry: Open letters have become the way high-flying individuals - and firms - get their message across

Open letters: To whom it may concern

It used to be just angry celebrities (and Moses) who wrote open letters. Now, even America's top businesses are taking the president to task, says Clare Dwyer Hogg

Microsoft issues warning after fake Xbox One 'hack' leaves gamers with broken consoles

Six step guide promises users they can unlock backwards compatibility but instead leaves consoles completely inoperable

We so excited? Rebecca Black releases new single ‘Saturday’

It's been two years since Rebecca Black took over the internet with her single 'Friday'.

Tales from the water cooler: A by-product of Nelson Mandela's imprisonment? One of history's greatest protest songs

I would never presume to be capable of adding anything of weight to those solemn odes to Nelson Mandela written by our body of accomplished scribes. I’ll therefore try to offer something perhaps more lightweight and just hope you don’t think me flippant (and I’m guessing you won’t, or you would have long ago given this daft wee corner of the internet a miss in favour of the far more legitimate journalism featured from elsewhere).

Donald MacInnes: Surprise, Surprise! There is a limit to American overspending

As we trudge ever onwards towards Santa's ghastly grotto, bearing that annual downcast air; heading for yet another financial cavity search of Christmas spending, I thought it timeous that I address some possible differences between how we approach emptying our bank accounts in celebration of the birth of Jesus (how apt, how suitable... not) and how our American third-cousins-twice-removed do so.

Rebecca Adlington denies pregnancy rumours

The Olympic swimmer has been the subject of speculation after being made exempt from some Bushtucker Trials on medical grounds

Account holders with NatWest were left frustrated this week after a number of glitches left some customers unable to access their money

NatWest victim of cyber attack after site crashes for the second time

Bank blames 'deliberate' surge in traffic for technical glitch disrupting website

Rod Liddle has received criticism for describing the passing of Nelson Mandela as ‘famous nice black man dies’

Rod Liddle criticised for describing death of Nelson Mandela as ‘famous nice black man dies’

The Spectator columnist made the comments in an attack on the BBC’s extensive coverage of Mr Mandela’s death

The singer, who herself is openly bisexual, praised the 19-year-old sportsman before launching into a tirade about the upcoming Winter Olympics

Lady Gaga urges Tom Daley to boycott anti-gay countries ahead of Russia Winter Olympics

The singer, who herself is openly bisexual, praised the 19-year-old sportsman before launching into a tirade about the upcoming Winter Olympics

Nelson Mandela with the World Cup in 2010

Nelson Mandela: World of sport pays tributes after death of the 'iconic leader'

Former Open champion said it was a 'very sad day for South Africa and the world' after the death of the former South African President

Phil Jagielka (right) celebrates victory at Old Trafford with Romelu Lukaku

Manchester United let David Moyes down in the transfer market, claims Everton defender Phil Jagielka

The champions tried and failed to sign a host of players

Andy McSmith's Diary: Bad news - Capita’s visa task bombs. Good news - they’re paid by results

More than a year has passed since the UK Border Agency awarded a four-year, £30m contract to a private firm, Capita, to track down immigrants who have overstayed their visas in the UK. Hiring a private firm for a task that is normally the responsibility of the state did not escape criticism. “We are appalled the Government has offered a contract of this size to a private company,” Ruth Grove-White, policy director at the Migrants Rights Network, told The Independent.

Mysterious glowing ‘alien-like creature’ spotted in waters of Bristol Harbour. A jellyfish - or something fishy?

Sighting has divided experts, who say it could be a jellyfish, marine salp – or simply a prank

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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

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
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas