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About 317.8 billion miles were travelled on Britain's roads in 2015

Traffic in Britain hits highest level with 317.8bn miles travelled

New research suggests that e-cigarette vapour may be as damaging as tobacco smoke to the nervous systems of the foetus or newborn infant

E-cigarette vapour 'as damaging for babies' brain development as tobacco smoke'

Undated handout photo issued by Dorset Police of David Chadwick who was released from prison recently but breached his licence conditions on Tuesday, Dorset police said.

Police hunt paedophile over licence breach

Metropolitan Police commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe will remain in the post until at least September 2017

Met Police chief Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has contract extended for a year

 Adam Johnson has been sacked by Premier League Sunderland

Adam Johnson sacked by Sunderland after admitting sexual activity with girl

Student Muzi Li at the Institute of Gravitational Research at Glasgow University holding a phone that shows a computer simulation of gravity waves - ripples in spacetime - which have been detected by scientists a century after Albert Einstein predicted th

Einstein's gravity waves detected 100 years after his prediction

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Three in ten female rape victims were aged under 16

30% of female rape victims are girls aged under 16

Matt Brittin, president of Google Europe, Middle East and Africa, was accused of "living on another planet"

Google: We pay 'fair' tax amount in the UK

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Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt delivers a statement to the House of Commons, London, outlining how talks with the British Medical Association (BMA) have ended in a stalemate

NHS bosses cited in letter 'don't back imposition of junior doctor contracts'

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Oliver Letwin vowed to press ahead with plans to cut the number of MPs to 600

Ministers press ahead with plan to cut MP numbers to 600

A EuroMillions ticket win in Ireland won 66 million euro

Friends who won 66 million euro in syndicate choose to keep their names secret

A new obligation for companies to retain ICRs for up to a year is one of the key planks of the Government's landmark Investigatory Powers Bill

Spying laws rethink demanded after third inquiry finds proposals 'flawed'

The OK Go video premiered on Facebook

OK Go defy gravity in music video first

Adam Osborne did not attend the four-day disciplinary hearing in Manchester

George Osborne's psychiatrist brother struck off over affair with patient

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Henry Worsley died 30 miles short of crossing the Antarctic unsupported (Family handout/PA)

William attends funeral of polar explorer Henry Worsley

The Duchess Of Cornwall at the University of Southampton with Vice Chancellor Professor Sir Christopher Snowden and graduates after she was awarded an honorary doctorate

Camilla awarded honorary degree for work on bone condition

The head teacher included an item about 'toilet etiquette' in last week's school newsletter

Parents asked to stop children urinating in school playground

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A new video purportedly shows a young British boy blowing up a car and killing three prisoners inside.

New IS video shows 'British boy blowing up prisoners'

The men were appearing at Westminster Magistrates' Court

Islamic terror suspects 'could return to UK after conviction'

Lance Sergeant Matthew Lawson brings a police chase crashing to a halt by casually tripping up a suspected drug dealer (Kingston Police/Twitter/PA)

'Legend' who tripped up suspected drug dealer revealed as soldier

Harrison Ford was injured during the filming at Pinewood Studios of Star Wars: The Forces Awakens

Stars Wars film company prosecuted over Harrison Ford leg break

Latest courts news

Cousin of teenage 'terror twins' guilty of Syria jihad charges

Private Cheryl James, who was found dead from a bullet wound at Deepcut Barracks in 1995

Deepcut trainees left to take illegal drugs and drink under age, inquest told

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Mark Rylance is up for best actor for his role as Thomas Cromwell in Wolf Hall

Wolf Hall TV drama leads Broadcasting Press Guild award nominations

Govia Thameslink - which is responsible for Thameslink, Southern and Gatwick Express services - is the worst affected operator

Crew shortages blamed for nearly 10% of train delays and cancellations

Metropolitan Police commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said he can't really apologise to Lord Bramall

Met Police boss: I cannot really apologise for Lord Bramall sex abuse probe

Jeremy Kyle and Carla have been divorced

Jeremy Kyle and wife Carla divorce in 20-second hearing

Hilary Benn makes his position clear in Labour's internal row over nuclear weapons

Nuclear powers will not throw away weapons if UK disarms, says Hilary Benn

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Melinda Messenger took part in the first series of The Jump

The Jump contestants know injury risk, says Melinda Messenger

Rory Reid, Sabine Schmitz, Matt LeBlanc, Chris Evans, Chris Harris, Eddie Jordan and The Stig, who have been announced as the full line-up for BBC's Top Gear programme

Top Gear reveals full line-up for new series

The latest performance statistics for December show a worsening across several areas

NHS failing to hit key targets on A&E and patient referrals

A fire hit the Tata Steel plant in Port Talbot (Twitter/Stuart Massey/PA)

Tata Steel plant fire in Port Talbot 'caused by lightning strike'

British Gas and EDF Energy announced moves to cut gas bills next month

British Gas and EDF Energy announce gas price cuts

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Erik Nordkamp said the system used by Nice to approve drugs is out of date

Cancer patients 'denied access to treatment as drugs funding system is broken'

Thomas Cook said underlying operating losses improved by 11% to £49 million in the three months to the end of December

Terror attacks prompt switch to Mediterranean, says Thomas Cook

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Twitter has 320 million monthly active users.

Twitter fails to add new users in last quarter of 2015

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Cricket sensation James Anderson is receiving an OBE

'Burnley Express' cricketer James Anderson to receive OBE

Problems normally faced by the NHS in winter are emerging all year round, a report warns

NHS facing winter pressures all year round, report warns

Scotland Yard confirmed officers had 'pursued' a teenager who died in a road crash in Hackney.

Tributes to young footballer killed in crash after police pursuit

Special offers seduce supermarket shoppers, a report claims

Supermarket shoppers 'seduced by special offers'

The highest paid of the vice-chancellors was Professor Andrew Hamilton of Oxford University, the report found

Union analysis of university bosses' pay reveals 'inflation-busting' rises

Criminals will have their sentences slashed for pleading guilty under new proposals

Sentences could be slashed for early guilty plea even if overwhelming evidence

The law requires officers to record each stop and search and include the grounds on which it was conducted

Police watchdog takes chief constables to task over stop and search records

Sir David Attenborough was one of several BBC stars to sign the open letter

MPs denounce BBC over 'luvvies letter'

The CBI has produced a gloomier forecast for UK growth

'Weak productivity and wage growth' to hamper economy

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Duncan Jones has announced that he and his wife are expecting their first child

David Bowie's son to be a dad

Pregnant Girl a painting by Lucian Freud which sold for more than 16 million pounds at auction (Sotheby and Otilde's)

Freud's 'Pregnant Girl' fetches £16m at auction

Akhtar Javeed was killed on Wednesday last week after two offenders tied up staff as they attempted to rob his warehouse in Rea Street South, Digbeth (West Midlands Police/PA)

Daughter pays tribute to company boss shot dead in Birmingham warehouse raid

The family of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler said they hoped the 13-year-old's "soul, at long last, can finally rest in peace"

Milly Dowler's family describe torment at killer's confessions

Level 2 is considered the baseline level of proficiency that is required to participate fully in modern society

More than one in five 15-year-olds 'low performers in maths'

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