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.

Scrap law on "insulting words and behaviour" that censors free speech, MPs urge

Scrap law on 'insulting words and behaviour' that censors free speech, MPs urgeLaw has 'disproportionate impact on freedom of expression’, say MPs and peers | UPDATED: 23:25 GMT, 26 November 2012 Controversial legislation that criminalises ‘insulting’ words and behaviour should be scrapped, MPs and peers urged yesterday. The law – which has been used to arrest a Christian preacher, a critic of Scientology and a student who made a joke – has a ‘disproportionate impact on freedom of expression’, the Joint Committee on Human Rights said. In a report, it recommended that ministers accept an amendment which would remove the ‘insulting’ offence from the Public Order Act.

"Met police officer compared black men to chimpanzees and told colleague they lived in mud huts during racist banter on patrol"

'Racist Met police officer compared black men to chimpanzees and said they lived in mud huts' PC Kevin Hughes allegedly directed racist comments at members of the public while on patrol Fellow PC David Hair 'asked black colleague if she was going home to cook bananas'Officers were suspended in April following complaints from other PCs | UPDATED: 23:56 GMT, 26 November 2012 A police officer told colleagues ‘all black people look like monkeys’, a court heard yesterday.

Pong is FORTY: Classic that launched the multi-billion dollar video games industry celebrates anniversary this week

It's a long way from Call of Duty! How the multi-billion pound video games industry began 40 years ago with table tennis in black and white Classic video game was the first release by Atari in 1972They were later sued after another company claimed it stole their idea | UPDATED: 00:07 GMT, 27 November 2012 Now here's an anniversary to make you feel old. Pong is 40 this week. The classic video game, one of the first to reach mainstream popularity, was officially released on November 29, 1972 – 40 years ago this Thursday.

Manhunt underway for notorious sex offender Dean Goodwin, 32, suspected of raping woman in Poole area of Dorset

Serial sex offender on the run: Police issue alert after woman was raped in her own home by attacker who kicked in the door Public urge public not to approach him Suspect was previously jailed for sex assaults on a 63-year-old woman and a 13-year-old girl | UPDATED: 00:13 GMT, 27 November 2012 A serial sex offender was on the run last night after raping a young woman in her own home. Police have warned the public not to approach Dean Goodwin, 32, who has served time for vicious sexual assaults on a 63-year-old woman and a girl of 13. Police described the latest attack, on a woman in her 20s, as shocking

Smoking harms your brain as well as your body: It leads to sharp decline in mental ability, warns study

Smoking harms your brain as well as your body: It leads to sharp decline in mental ability, warns study Test on nearly 9,000 people over 50 have shown lifestyles could damage the mind as well as the bodySmoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels and a high BMI all worsen the risk | UPDATED: 00:30 GMT, 27 November 2012 Tests on 8,800 people over 50 have showed cigarettes can damage memory Smoking is known to be highly damaging to physical health, being a major factor in cancer and heart disease. Now, however, its alarming effects on the mental well-being of millions of smokers have been outlined by British scientists. Lighting up regularly has been associated with a sharp decline in the performance of the brain, according to their study.