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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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
'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'

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
Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

The only direction Zayn could go

We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

We exaggerate regional traits and turn them into jokes - and those on the receiving end are in on it too, says DJ Taylor