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14 Sep 2010

Lady Gaga dominated the MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles taking home eight prizes including video of the year.

The singer, 24, who won seven of her "moon man" trophies for Bad Romance, cried as she picked up the top award from Cher at the end of the night.

"I was so nervous tonight that I'd let my fans down," she said.

Meanwhile, country star Taylor Swift sang a song about Kanye West. who invaded the stage at last year's awards and sabotaged her acceptance speech.
'Cool kids'

After being presented with her final award, Lady Gaga, wearing an outfit which appeared to be made of meat, revealed that her new album would be called Born This Way before singing part of its title song.

"Tonight, little monsters, we're the cool kids at the party," she told fans.

She had arrived at the awards wearing a Victorian gown with Mohawk feather headdress by the late Alexander McQueen
An invasive species of predatory shrimp has been found in the UK for the first time.

The animal was spotted by anglers at the Grafham Water reservoir in Cambridgeshire and sent to the Environment Agency for identification.

The shrimp preys on a range of native species, such as freshwater invertebrates - particularly native shrimp - and even young fish.

This alters the ecology of habitats it invades, and could cause extinctions.

According to the Environment Agency, the animal, known as Dikerogammarus villosus, often kills its prey and leaves it uneaten.

Insects such as damselflies and water boatmen could be at risk, with knock-on effects on the species which feed on them.

D. villosus has spread across most of Western Europe over the last 10 years. It can be as small as 3mm but may grow up to 30mm long, making it much larger than native freshwater shrimp.

After the discovery by the anglers, an expert in Holland conclusively identified the species.

Dr Paul Leinster, chief executive of the Environment Agency, said: "We are devastated that this shrimp has been found in Britain... We are currently establishing the degree of the problem, and whether the shrimp is only in Grafham Water or if it is in nearby lakes and the Great Ouse as well."

The shrimp is native to the steppe region between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea. It is believed to have invaded Western Europe via the Danube.


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