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  • Whitney’s daughter in hospice care

    Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter of Whitney Houston, is being moved to hospice care after months in hospital, her aunt said today. In a statement, her aunt Pat Houston said Bobbi Brown’s “condition has continued to deteriorate” and Brown was...

  • Bend It Like Beckham The Musical kicks off

    Stars have lined the red carpet to mark the opening night of Bend It Like Beckham The Musical yesterday evening. The stage production – which is based on the award-winning 2002 film – is directed by Gurinder Chadha, who wore a long red gown with a...

  • Affleck Roots show broke standards

    An episode of Finding Your Roots which omitted references to Ben Affleck’s ancestor as a slave owner violated the American Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) standards, the public TV service has said. In a statement today, PBS said it is postponing...

  • LaBeouf hurt on American Honey set

    Shia LaBeouf needed stitches in his head and hand after injuring himself on the North Dakota set of the film American Honey. The accident happened during a scene in which LaBeouf was to put his head through a glass window. A publicist for LaBeouf...

  • Man-made red blood cells trial plan

    Man-made red blood cells trial plan

    Man-made red blood cells are set to be transfused into humans within two years, it has been announced. NHS Blood and Transplant said laboratory-produced red blood cells will be used in clinical trials in humans by 2017. Nick Watkins, NHS Blood and...

  • Gender of parents does not affect children – experts

    Gender of parents does not affect children – experts

    Scientists agree that children raised by same-sex couples are no worse off than children raised by parents of the opposite sex, according to a study co-authored by a University of Oregon professor. The research, which looked at 19,000 studies and...

  • Tom Holland to play Spider-Man in reboot

    Tom Holland to play Spider-Man in reboot

    Little-known English actor Tom Holland has been picked to play the web-slinging superhero in the next Spider-Man film, which is due for release in July 2017, Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios said. Holland, 19, will play Spider-Man’s teenage alter...

  • Monroe dress, royal wedding cake slices to go under hammer

    Monroe dress, royal wedding cake slices to go under hammer

    A dress worn by Marilyn Monroe, a Harley-Davidson owned by Marlon Brando and slices of British royal wedding cakes will be auctioned this week at an annual two-day sale of memorabilia in Beverly Hills, California. Julien’s Auctions holds its...

  • Gut microbe may be key to metabolic health and leanness in overweight/obesity

    Gut microbe may be key to metabolic health and leanness in overweight/obesity

    The gut microbe Akkermansia muciniphila may hold the key to better metabolic health and healthier body fat distribution in people who are overweight or obese, reveals a small study published online in the journal Gut. The microbe seems to be...

  • Renault-Nissan sells its 250,000th electric car

    Renault-Nissan sells its 250,000th electric car

    The Renault-Nissan Alliance, the world's leader in zero-emission mobility, has sold its 250,000th electric vehicle: a white Renault ZOE sold to a French engineer. The alliance reached the historic milestone in early June, 4½ years after the launch...

  • Glastonbury Festival site opens for campers

    The Somerset farm which hosts the world-famous Glastonbury Festival is quickly transforming in to a small city after opening its gates to campers today. Many ticket holders began their journey to the festival in the early hours of the morning and...

  • Record labels reach deal with Apple

    Independent record labels have reached an agreement with Apple over its new streaming service days after the technology giant bowed in the face of pressure from pop sensation Taylor Swift. The US star sparked headlines around the world with her...

  • Taylor Swift plays to packed Hydro

    Taylor Swift kicked off the UK leg of her world tour in Glasgow, declaring to the crowd: “I am one of you” and hinting at her relationship with Scottish DJ Calvin Harris. The US star performed hits from her album 1989 to a sell-out crowd at the...

  • Rod Stewart staying out of the kitchen

    Rocker Rod Stewart has said that he stands by his wife’s eyebrow-raising comment that cooking makes men less masculine – and admitted that he cannot even boil an egg. Penny Lancaster, 44, sparked controversy when she said earlier this month that...

  • Traffic noise ‘could shorten life’

    Traffic noise ‘could shorten life’

    Traffic noise is more than a sleep-disturbing nuisance – it can shorten your life, new research suggests. Researchers found an association between long-term exposure to the roar of road traffic and death rate, as well as the risk of stroke. People...

  • Doctors condemn Undateables show

    Doctors have accused reality TV programme The Undateables of exploiting people with disabilities for entertainment. Rachael Pickering said the Channel 4 show had left her “disturbed at being part of a society that might seek to view disabled...

  • Glastonbury-goers warned to prepare for wet weather

    Glastonbury-goers warned to prepare for wet weather

    Tens of thousands of people are expected to pour through the gates of the Glastonbury Festival armed with wellies and rain coats today. Organisers believe around 90 per cent of the 135,000 ticket holders will have set up camp by the end of the...

  • Plugging the tear ducts helps some with dry eyes

    Plugging the tear ducts helps some with dry eyes

    Tiny plugs inserted into the tear duct may safely curb the annoying and damaging effects of dry eyes, according to an analysis of previous research. “Plugs are generally well tolerated,” said Marcus Marcet, an ophthalmologist at the University of...

  • Medical marijuana: good evidence for some diseases, weak for others

    Medical marijuana: good evidence for some diseases, weak for others

    Moderate- or high-quality evidence supports the use of marijuana for some medical conditions, but not for others, according to a fresh review of past research. After reviewing 80 randomised trials that included nearly 6,500 people, researchers...

  • Coldplay guitar goes under the hammer today

    Chris Martin’s first acoustic guitar, which he used during the recording of Coldplay’s debut album, is expected to sell for thousands of pounds at auction today. The guitar, which he bought in Devon and took with him to university in London where...

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