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Leading article: The Pope should reconsider his state visit to Britain

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The Women, By TC Boyle

TC Boyle's previous fiction has included books about John Harvey Kellogg, inventor of the corn-flake, and Alfred Kinsey, the trail-blazing sexologist.

Victims accuse Pope of keeping abuser's secret

Office headed by Benedict XVI declined to defrock priest who molested deaf children

A Reliable Wife, By Robert Goolrick

Having penned his own misery-lit in the shape of a childhood memoir, Robert Goolrick's fictional debut takes its inspiration from some of the grimmer anecdotes of life in the pioneering mid-West.

Facebook sex pest gets long jail term

A US teenager convicted of using Facebook to blackmail dozens of classmates into sex was sentenced to 15 years in prison.



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A new study has raised doubts about the creation of "ethical" all-purpose stem cells for use in research and treatments.

This is your pilot sleeping ...

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Parents in prayer death jailed

A central Wisconsin couple who prayed rather than seeking medical care for their 11-year-old dying daughter were sentenced yesterday to six months in jail and 10 years probation in the girl's death.

Intel settles chip patent case

The University of Wisconsin-Madison's patenting arm has settled its infringement lawsuit against computer chip maker Intel involving technology used in a popular computer processor.

Jon Cruddas: The future success of the Left depends on rediscovering our past

Raymond Williams once said: "To be truly radical is to make hope possible rather than despair convincing". Many now feel despair. We feel great loss. The things that we took as given have abruptly gone – like growth.

Les Paul: Influential guitarist whose technical innovations helped create the sound of rock 'n' roll

Les Paul, the "Wizard of Waukesha" was, perhaps, the most influential guitarist of the twentieth century.

Father found guilty after praying while daughter died

A man accused of killing his 11-year-old diabetic daughter by praying instead of seeking medical care has been found guilty of second-degree reckless homicide.

Obits in Brief: Philip D. Curtin

Philip D. Curtin, who died on 4 June at the age of 87, was an historian best known for his work on the slave trade, and for changing the way the subject is taught.

Bon Iver, Hyde Park, London

The back story that accompanied Bon Iver's debut album For Emma, Forever Ago has already made the 28-year-old star from Wisconsin a legend in contemporary folk-rock. After a relationship breakdown, Justin Vernon retreated to his father's log cabin in wintry Wisconsin for three months, killing deer to feed himself, and in seclusion wrote the record that topped critics' lists of albums of last year.

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