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US stocks plunge, wiping out gains

US stocks slumped on Thursday

US stocks had their worst one-day drop since February as traders worried about weak corporate earnings and the looming end of economic stimulus from the Federal Reserve.

Rolls-Royce targets profit revival

Rolls-Royce said it expects an improved performance over the rest of this year.

Rolls-Royce has promised a significant improvement in its performance after "growing pains" caused half-year profits to drop by a fifth.

Carillion mulls Balfour options

MANDATORY CREDIT NEWSCAST Updated handout photo issued by Newscast of a Balfour Beatty workman on a construction site, as Balfour Beatty said it was no longer in merger talks with Carillion.

Carillion is weighing up its next move after potential merger partner Balfour Beatty walked away from talks to create a new FTSE 100 construction giant.

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Father of IRA victim 'shares goals'

A man whose son was killed by an IRA bomb has spoken of the positive relationship he has developed with Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness - a former commander of the republican organisation.

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Letter: Officer to the rescue

Through your letters page could I say a big thank you to the off-duty policeman Stuart Lippitt and his wife, who stopped and helped my mum with her car when she skidded and spun on an island on Saturday, July 19 in Shrewsbury.

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Star Comment: Surely a recipe for success

She is the oldest contestant ever to take part in The Great British Bake Off. And Diana Beard, who is 69, sees it like this: “I represent a generation that did bake its own food.”

Star Comment: We need facts on fracking

Few issues are as divisive as fracking. The issue has come up on the rails in recent years and it could dominate our nation’s headlines for decades to come.

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Shropshire riders made the trip north for the latest stage of the Kumho BMW Championship at Croft in Yorkshire for rounds nine and ten.