US Weather: Americans wake up to a White Christmas… but blizzards and tornadoes threaten to cause travel chaos for millions

Scores of Americans wake up to a White Christmas… but blizzards and tornadoes threaten to cause travel chaos for millions More than 150 million Americans see snow when they wake up on Christmas DayBlizzard watch in effect for parts of Kentucky and Indiana | UPDATED: 21:12 GMT, 25 December 2012 Freezing rain and sleet made for a sloppy Christmas morning trek in parts of the nation's midsection on Tuesday, while residents along the Gulf Coast braced for thunderstorms, high winds and the possibility of tornadoes

You"re not the Ritz… WE"RE the Ritz! London landmark orders rural minnow to change name

You're not the Ritz… WE'RE the Ritz! London landmark orders rural minnow to change nameThe Ritz conference centre is in rural Desborough, NorthamptonshireIt has borne the name 'The Ritz' in the small town for over 80 years Cost per head for entire wedding there is cheaper than Ritz afternoon tea Afternoon tea at Ritz London 'costs more per head than wedding' in centreRitz Hotel: '[We] cannot allow [our] trademarks to be used without consent'Owner Kris Malde slams Ritz Hotel for using 'sledgehammer to crack a nut' | UPDATED: 22:28 GMT, 21 December 2012 One is a byword for luxury, not to mention the favoured hotel of celebrities and royalty, dominating one of the most expensive areas of London

Taliban kill five women polio aid workers in Pakistan as they administer vaccines to children

Taliban kills five women aid workers in Pakistan as they administer polio vaccineFour women aid workers gunned down in the southern city of Karachi and another killed in a village outside the north-west city of PeshawarAid workers were administering polio jabs as part of 3-day vaccination driveTaliban claim the campaign to immunise children is a cover for U.S. spies | UPDATED: 17:20 GMT, 18 December 2012 The Taliban murdered five women polio health workers in a series of attacks in Pakistan today

Village green at popular vantage spot in Cotswold village is replaced with artificial grass

Turfed out: The Cotswold village green that's so popular with tourists they've had to plant artificial grass The grass in Bourton on the Water was being left threadbare by tourists Councillors hope they will save money with long-lasting imitation grass | UPDATED: 16:31 GMT, 10 December 2012 A village green in a Cotswold beauty spot has been partly replaced with artificial turf after the grass was being ruined by crowds of tourists.

UK floods: More than 200,000 households in high risk flood areas to become "uninsurable"

More than 200,000 households in high risk flood areas to become 'uninsurable' as funding talks between Government and industry failDeal allowing homes in high flood risk areas to be insured expires next yearInsurance firms want Government 'overdraft' to help fund claims during extreme flooding but have so far failed to reach an agreement Association of British Insurers warns negotiations reached 'crisis point' | UPDATED: 23:22 GMT, 26 November 2012 Two hundred thousand homes at high risk of flooding could be left without insurance cover because of a row between the Government and insurers.