Andrew Buncombe

The Independent's US Digital Editor, based in New York. Previously in Delhi and Washington DC.

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White House chief florist Laura Dowling leaves after 'clash of styles' with First Lady Michelle Obama

The White House is at the centre of an unfragrant stink after the head florist left because her style no longer suited First Lady Michelle Obama.

Video: Passengers in Brazil escape doomed bus moments before it is carried away in flood waters

Footage was captured of the incident in Para state

Uruguay says it will not take any more Guantanamo Bay inmates amid mounting controversy

Announcement is a blow to US President Barack Obama 

Shariah law: Texas sparks anguish with legislation that Muslims say stokes Islamophobia

Mayor Beth Van Duyne has become a hero for conservatives

Ted Cruz: Five quotes from Republican presidential candidate's speech that reveal his core beliefs

Texas Senator is first among major figures from both parties

Kara Tippetts: Pastor's wife who urged terminally ill Brittany Maynard not to take her life dies of cancer

Mother-of-four sparked debate by writing public letter to woman planning to take lethal drugs

Ashley Judd: 'Divergent' actress to press charges after receiving barrage of Twitter troll abuse

Star said people had to take responsibility for what they wrote online

Aaron Schock: Downton Abbey office makeover triggers Congressman's resignation

The Republican member of the House of Representatives from Illinois will be stepping down from his role at the end of the month

Secret Service wants to build fake White House to help better protect real president

Agency wants $8m to build replica at training centre

Hundreds of starving sea lion pups are being stranded on California beaches

Experts say a shortage of food has seen an unprecedented number of pups being stranded

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Machine Gun America

The amusement park where teenagers go to shoot a huge range of automatic weapons
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The ethics of pet food

Why are we are so selective in how we show animals our love?
How Tansy Davies turned 9/11 into her opera 'Between Worlds'

How a composer turned 9/11 into her opera 'Between Worlds'

Tansy Davies makes her operatic debut with a work about the attack on the Twin Towers. Despite the topic, she says it is a life-affirming piece
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Italy vs England player ratings

Did Townsend's goal see him beat Kane and Rooney to top marks?
Danny Higginbotham: An underdog's tale of making the most of it

An underdog's tale of making the most of it

Danny Higginbotham on being let go by Manchester United, annoying Gordon Strachan, utilising his talents to the full at Stoke and plunging into the world of analysis
Audley Harrison's abusers forget the debt he's due, but Errol Christie will always remember what he owes the police

Steve Bunce: Inside Boxing

Audley Harrison's abusers forget the debt he's due, but Errol Christie will always remember what he owes the police
No postcode? No vote

Floating voters

How living on a houseboat meant I didn't officially 'exist'
Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin

By Reason of Insanity

Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin
Power dressing is back – but no shoulderpads!

Power dressing is back

But banish all thoughts of Eighties shoulderpads
Spanish stone-age cave paintings 'under threat' after being re-opened to the public

Spanish stone-age cave paintings in Altamira 'under threat'

Caves were re-opened to the public
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Vince Cable interview

'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'
Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat