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British Gas made a record profit of nearly £1bn in the first half of this year. It’s a 10-fold increase on the same figure from 2022, largely down to Ofgem almost doubling the energy price cap for households from its pre-Ukraine war average. Kevin Spacey says he feels “humbled” after being cleared of nine sexual assault charges. The Oscar-winning actor wept as a London jury found him not guilty of crimes against all four accusers yesterday, on his 64th birthday. The troubled Irish singer and activist Sinéad O’Connor has died aged 56. Irish President Michael D Higgins led tributes to the Nothing Compares 2 U vocalist, describing her as one of the country’s “greatest and most gifted composers, songwriters and performers”.