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Certain words and sentences from Harry Potter stories cast a spell on the brain, activating regions that process emotions, research has shown.

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Steve Kittrick talks up Neill Byrne for skipper role

SOCCER : Vanarama Conference Premier - AFC Telford United v Alfreton Town

AFC Telford United boss Steve Kittrick is eyeing improving centre-back Neill Byrne for the Bucks captaincy next season. The 21-year-old defender could wear the armband next season if he continues to impress the manager.

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30,000 migrants 'may drown' in 2015

A migrant holding a child receives first aid in Sicily (AP)

As many as 30,000 migrants could be killed attempting to cross the Mediterranean this year unless the crisis is brought under control, analysts have warned.

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Letter: Use cottage hospitals to beat bed blocking

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Recent reports of problems at local and other accident and emergency departments suggest one of the causes is the so-called “bed blocking” where people cannot be discharged as there is nowhere suitable for them to go or no suitable care package in place.

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Jobs threat over Ladbrokes' losses

Ladbrokes has sought court protection to try to turn around its loss-making venture

Hundreds of jobs are on the line at the Irish division of b etting giant Ladbrokes after it suffered losses of five million euro (£3.6m) last year.

Mild weather hits Shoe Zone sales

Shoe Zone warned that its sales and profits for the six months to April 4 will be below a year ago

Shares in Shoe Zone plunged by more than a quarter after the retailer issued a profits warning due to the "material impact" of mild weather on sales.

New ranges boost Pret profits

Pret a Manger said its macaroni cheese, introduced last October, was now selling 50,000 units a week, more than its classic chicken and avocado sandwich

Pret A Manger has boosted profits after new menu additions such as macaroni cheese and gluten-free five grain porridge gave a lift to sales.