Utah kidnapper is woman's father after switching his sperm at Salt Lake City clinic

Thomas Lippert allegedly switched a sperm sample with his own while working at a fertility clinic

Paul Redd-Butterfield, second left, and his husband Tony Butterfield cook dinner with their adopted 11 year-old twin sons Lucas, left, and Liam at their home in Sandy, Utah. Paul and Tony were legally married in 2013. The US Government said it will recognise same-sex marriages in Utah even though the state itself will not.

US federal government to recognise gay marriage in Utah even though state will not

Same-sex marriages will be considered legal and couples can claim benefits

Samantha Christensen, left, and Elise Larsen apply for a marriage license in the Salt Lake County Clerk's Office. On Friday, Utah became the 18th state in the nation to allow gay marriage, however the state is seeking an urgent appeal

Utah scrambles to halt same-sex marriages after surprise ruling overturns ban

Judge in Republican stronghold declared existing ban violated constitutional rights of gay and lesbian couples

Housing First: Good news for the homeless this Christmas

In one US State, homelessness may be about to become history

Yellowstone supervolcano a ‘much larger system’ than scientists had thought

Experts say new findings don’t necessarily increase the ‘Yellowstone hazard’ – despite claims it could be due a catastrophic eruption

Aron Ralston at the 83rd Academy Awards in Hollywood in 2011

Aron Ralston: Inspiration for Oscar-nominated film 127 Hours starring James Franco arrested over domestic violence claims

38-year-old amputated his right forearm with a pen knife to free himself from a boulder after becoming trapped during a hike

Promiscuous mice have 'sexier smelling' sons

Female mice who have to compete for mates produce more desirable sons

Lythronax argestes: Scientists discover new ‘King of Gore’ dinosaur species that is ‘great-uncle’ to T-rex

Discovery of 24ft (7.3m) long, 8ft (2.4m) high predator changes our understanding of evolution of tyrannosaur family

Teenage footballer pleads guilty to killing referee Ricardo Portillo who awarded a penalty against his side

Ricardo Portillo died after spending a week in a coma following a single punch to the head

Nik Wallenda will cross the Grand Canyon with cameras rigged to his body

Watch if you dare: Daredevil to attempt high-wire Grand Canyon crossing

Armchair thrill-seekers will be able to watch a high-wire walker cross the Grand Canyon, Arizona without a harness on television late tonight.

Miss Utah, Marissa Powell, lets rip about corporate sexism during Sunday's pageant

Communications: A good week for terrible interviews. Starring Joe Kinnear and Miss Utah

He may have mastered the interview for the job of director of football at Newcastle United, but Joe Kinnear made a complete hash of an interview on TalkSport the day after signing his contract.

US football referee Ricardo Portillo dies after being punched by player in row over yellow card

According to a police report the attack on Ricardo Portillo happened on April 27 at a youth match at Eisenhower Junior High School in Taylorville

Nato denies Taliban involvement as cargo plane crashes after take-off from Bagram airbase in Afghanistan killing all seven crew members

A civilian cargo plane crashed shortly after taking off from the sprawling US Bagram airbase in Afghanistan with the Taliban claiming responsibility for “shooting down” the jet.

This burger is 14 years old

14 years after it was made the 'World's oldest hamburger' looks like it hasn't aged a day...

There appeared to be no evidence of fungus, mould or rotten meat on the hamburger from 1999

Couple arrested for allegedly putting razor blades in doughnuts and eating them in attempt to extort money from shop owner

Hospital x-rays of Carole Lee Leazer-Hardman, 39, and Michael Condor, 35, showed the couple had several razor blades in their stomachs

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
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Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

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Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
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Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
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League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
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Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

Can't find a card you like on the high street? Try one of these sites for individual, personalised options, whatever your taste