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Beyoncé called a halt to her concert in Nashville on Saturday night after news of George Zimmerman’s not-guilty verdict had filtered out.

Euro 2012, Olympics tickets and Whitney Houston: the year's top Google searches

'Euro 2012' emerged as Britain's most searched term this year, beating 'Olympics tickets' and 'Whitney Houston' into second and third place respectively

Grammys give Whitney Houston a glittering salute

Whitney Houston was given a final sendoff by the Grammys last night as Halle Berry, Britney Spears, Jennifer Hudson, Usher and other stars shared their memories and performed in homage to the late singer.

Publicist to the stars Lois Smith dies

A long-time New York City publicist who worked with celebrities including Marilyn Monroe, Robert Redford and Martin Scorsese has died. Lois Smith was 85.

Listening to Britney Spears' greatest hits was so much more appealing than doing that economics essay…

Top ten tips for procrastination

Procrastination is not just the avoidance of essential, dull everyday tasks such as essay writing or washing. For students it is an art form to be carefully cultivated.

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Pop stars look to strike gold with a soundtrack for summer

Mark Ronson and Katy B use the sounds of athletes training on their Olympic song, writes Elisa Bray

Taylor Swift, pictured, will play the legendary Joni Mitchell

Never send a girl to do a woman's job – especially on film

Country-pop princess Taylor Swift is in talks to play legendary singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell in a forthcoming adaptation of Sheila Weller's acclaimed – and brilliant – book Girls Like Us, about the lives of Mitchell, Carly Simon and Carole King. Fans of the acclaimed Mitchell, who is consistently heralded as one of the greatest songwriters in history, are less than pleased at the idea of such a comparatively lightweight artist portraying their complex idol (rumours that Justin Bieber, currently causing mayhem across London, is interested in the role of Jackson Browne remain unfounded).

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Whitney Houston, here performing in Milan in 2010, will be known by future generations

DJ Taylor: Keep the red flag flying? Could do...

Union ties are as burdensome for Labour as the Tories' debt to wealthy donors. State funding beckons

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Whitney Houston cause of death 'not known'

US officials have said it is too soon to determine whether prescription drugs were involved in Whitney Houston's death.

Elisa Bray: A powerful soul voice that transcended time and trends

As I stood outside the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Saturday, just hours after Whitney Houston was found dead in her room, cars streamed past, blasting her songs out of their windows. It served as an instant reminder of just how many sensational hits Houston had. Few can forget her cover of Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You". But there were many more.

Steve Bull, Paul Gascoigne and Bryan Robson share a joke in 1990

Why is it always like Fawlty Towers after England arrive?

Dead dogs, broken bidets and beans... Tim Rich is your guide on a tour of the FA's hotel history

Motown songwriter Nick Ashford dies age 70

Nick Ashford, one half of the legendary Motown songwriting duo Ashford & Simpson that penned elegant, soulful classics funk hits for the likes of Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye and Chaka Khan, has died at the age of 70, his former publicist said.

Whitney Houston returning to film after 15 years

Whitney Houston is to return to the big screen for the first time in 15 years.

Philip Hensher: Anonymity protects too many critics

Amazon know your real name. Why do they allow their reviewers to post under pseudonyms anyway?
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Save the tiger: The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The big cats kept in captivity to perform for paying audiences and then, when dead, their bodies used to fortify wine
A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery all included in top 50 hidden spots in the UK

A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery

Introducing the top 50 hidden spots in Britain
Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

How a disease that has claimed fewer than 2,000 victims in its history has earned a place in the darkest corner of the public's imagination
Chris Pratt: From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

He was homeless in Hawaii when he got his big break. Now the comic actor Chris Pratt is Hollywood's new favourite action star
How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

Broadcasting plays and exhibitions to cinemas is a sure-fire box office smash
Shipping container hotels: Pop-up hotels filling a niche

Pop-up hotels filling a niche

Spending the night in a shipping container doesn't sound appealing, but these mobile crash pads are popping up at the summer's biggest events
Native American headdresses are not fashion accessories

Feather dust-up

A Canadian festival has banned Native American headwear. Haven't we been here before?
Boris Johnson's war on diesel

Boris Johnson's war on diesel

11m cars here run on diesel. It's seen as a greener alternative to unleaded petrol. So why is London's mayor on a crusade against the black pump?
5 best waterproof cameras

Splash and flash: 5 best waterproof cameras

Don't let water stop you taking snaps with one of these machines that will take you from the sand to meters deep
Louis van Gaal interview: Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era

Louis van Gaal interview

Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era
Will Gore: The goodwill shown by fans towards Alastair Cook will evaporate rapidly if India win the series

Will Gore: Outside Edge

The goodwill shown by fans towards Alastair Cook will evaporate rapidly if India win the series
The children were playing in the street with toy guns. The air strikes were tragically real

The air strikes were tragically real

The children were playing in the street with toy guns
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – The British, as others see us

Britain as others see us

Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite
How did our legends really begin?

How did our legends really begin?

Applying the theory of evolution to the world's many mythologies
Watch out: Lambrusco is back on the menu

Lambrusco is back on the menu

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