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Freak Lightning Strikes Injure 14 In US — Fourteen people have been struck by lightning during thunderstorms that have swept through Southern California, injuring two critically. The Los Angeles Fire Department said 13 people were treated after they were struck on Sunday afternoon at Venice Beach. Four were treated at the scene and released, and the rest were taken to hospitals.

US Images Show Rockets 'Fired From Russia' — The US has released satellite images that it claims show rockets have been fired at Ukraine from within Russia. The images, which come from the US Director of National Intelligence and have not been independently verified, also purport to show that heavy artillery for pro-Russian separatists has crossed the border.

London Rents 'Double Those Across Rest Of UK' — Tenants in London now pay rents that double those across the rest of Britain, according to new research. Average rents across the UK rose by 6.3% over the past year and now stand at £862 a month compared to £811 a year ago, the HomeLet Rental Index's study found.

Fracking Rules As Push For Drilling Heats Up — Fracking will be only be allowed in national parks and areas of outstanding beauty in "exceptional circumstances", ministers say, as new bidding for shale exploration licences opens. The policy is part of new guidance published today by Government which is aiming to offer up vast swathes of Britain for fracking.

Domestic Abusers Get Off With 'Slap On Wrist' — The victims of domestic abuse are being failed by the Government and their abusers getting away with little more than a "slap on the wrist", claims Labour. The Opposition claims more than 10,000 perpetrators have not faced justice because police forces are wrongly using community resolutions to deal with violence against women.

Costa Concordia Completes Its Final Journey — The Costa Concordia has completed its final journey, after being towed into the Italian port of Genoa to be broken up and scrapped. The cruise liner, around twice the size of the Titanic, struck rocks and capsized in January 2012 with more than 4,000 people on board. The tragedy claimed 32 lives.

Former CBI Chief To Aid Osborne Markets Probe — A trio of heavyweight figures including a former head of the CBI will this week be appointed to scrutinise a Government-led probe into financial markets launched in the wake of a string of major trading scandals.
Jul 27, 2014

Exclusive: Former CBI chief Sir Richard Lambert to aid Treasury probe into the City's scandal-hit financial markets.

Not-So-Friendly Spider-Man 'Punches' Cop — A man dressed as Spider-Man has been arrested in New York's Times Square after allegedly punching a police officer who told him to stop harassing tourists. Police say the officer intervened after Junior Bishop demanded at least $5 from a woman he posed for a picture with, instead of the $1 she offered him.
Jul 27, 2014

What a picture. It's the shocked Elmo in the background that makes it.…

Chinese Millionaire Bets On Horse Racing — Ren Ningning is a man from Beijing with a passion, a fortune and a dream. The multimillionaire, who made his money in the concrete industry, is leading a drive to transform China into a global horse racing centre. "I want to breed the best horses, best jockeys, and have the best races in China.
Jul 28, 2014

RT @inglis_sales: If you can't get to Wuhan to check out the Chinese #horseracing scene then watch the report by @Stone_SkyNews…

Jul 27, 2014

Wonderful enthusiasm among racegoers in Wuhan, #China - no gambling here but will laws change?…

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