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New Zealand library cracks case of the missing books

Staff discover homeless people had been carefully hiding books under shelves at Auckland library so they could return to them without losing their place A library in New Zealand has solved a longstanding mystery as to why books were going missing and reappearing in strange and hidden places. Auckland library …

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Traffic jams on major UK roads cost economy around £9bn

Government calls for highway chiefs to reduce motorway closure times as analysis finds delays cost in wasted time, fuel and unnecessary carbon emissions The government has told highway chiefs to reduce motorway closure times following accidents after new figures showed that traffic jams on the UK’s major roads cost the …

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Energy firms warned to drop worst-value tariffs or face action

Often says besides price caps it can force companies to offer cheaper deals to customers on standard variable rates Big energy companies face a regulatory crackdown after the industry watchdog threatened to impose targets forcing suppliers to shift millions of customers off the market’s worst-value tariffs. Dermot Nolan, the Ofgem …

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Snack attack: alligators like to eat sharks, study reveals

Researchers find alligators preying on small sharks in Atlantic and Gulf ‘The frequency of one predator eating the other is really about size dynamic’ American alligators are frequently seen ambling around golf courses in Florida as players warily compete their rounds. But new research suggests the reptiles partake in a …

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Man Booker prize goes to second American author in a row

George Saunders’ Lincoln in the Bardo described as ‘unique’ and ‘extraordinary’ by head of 2017 judging panel The American short story writer George Saunders has won the Man Booker prize for his first full-length novel, Lincoln in the Bardo. His novel is based around a real event: the night in …

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