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The News Matrix: Thursday 12 September 2013

Colorado ousts gun control advocates

Protesters at Balcombe, Sussex

First Balcombe resident arrested for fracking protest

The first resident of Balcombe to be arrested for protesting against fracking in the area is being held by police, protesters said.

Countdown to freshers' week: A venture into the unknown

Preparing to boldly go where many have gone before?

Deloitte given record £14m fine over MG Rover/Phoenix affair

Watchdog punishes accountants for conflicts of interest advising car firm and Four who bought it

Deloitte fined record £14m over MG Rover advice

Accountants Deloitte were today punished with a record £14 million fine for failing to manage conflicts of interest over their advice to collapsed car maker MG Rover.

Gordon Cutting from Oxford with his trophy for Bus Driver of the Year 2013

Meet Britain's double decker champion: Bus Driver of the Year Gordon Cutting

More than 100 drivers converged on Blackpool to battle for the right to be called double-decker champion, Jonathan Brown hops aboard

US army soldiers along with the soldiers of Afghan National Army (ANA) march through Watahpur District in Kunar province

Afghans claim nine civilians were killed in Nato airstrike on truck

The organisation has denied the report and insists the dead were all ‘enemy forces’

No refuge: The ancient town of Maloula, attacked last week by rebel fighters

War comes to Syria's quiet Christian hinterland

World View: A rebel attack on Maloula is a warning for a minority accused of supporting government

Qualcomm's Toq smartwatch offers wireless charging and an always-on screen

Latest wearable device from the IFA electronics fair will act as a second screen for smartphones.

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Walkie Talkie City skyscraper renamed Walkie Scorchie after beam of light melts Jaguar car parked beneath it

Developers have promised urgent action to “cover up” the Walkie Talkie skyscraper in the City after an ultra-bright light reflected from the building melted a Jaguar car on the streets below.

Walkie Talkie skyscraper is 'melting cars' on the streets of London

New £200m building has minor flaw in that it apparently magnifies the sun's rays onto parking bays below

For sale: Three Nasa shuttle launch platforms - collection only

The space equipment clearout will also see spare tyres and other items up for grabs

Liverpool men admit staging ‘crash for cash’ insurance scam

Suspicions raised after ‘injured’ passengers seen running across dual carriageway to pub

Dick Van Dyke saw the funny side of his car bursting into flames

Dick Van Dyke unhurt after car bursts into flames

Actor's wife posted a video of the aftermath

Newcastle's Steven Taylor is shown a straight red card last night

Manchester City 4 Newcastle United 0: Wide-eyed despondency replaces blind faith among the Toon army

The Newcastle fans had never travelled to Manchester so certain of defeat

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Spanish stone-age cave paintings 'under threat' after being re-opened to the public

Spanish stone-age cave paintings in Altamira 'under threat'

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The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

The only direction Zayn could go

We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
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Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

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