David Usborne

David Usborne is US Editor of The Independent.

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Ebola: NYC doctor Craig Spencer tests positive for disease after returning from west Africa

Dr Craig Spencer recently returned home after working for Doctors Without Borders in Guinea

Senator Mark Udall campaigns in Denver this month

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month

Eileen Clark, who left the US in 1995, has said she is the victim of a ‘malicious prosecution’

Extradited mother Eileen Clark will plead guilty in return for freedom

Ms Clark likely to return from US after admitting parental kidnap in 1995

Barack Obama makes a statement for the press after a meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House

With two more years still left in office, has Obama already lost the plot entirely?

It’s election time again and the President is getting pelted

Darren Vann; (top right) The motel where the body of Afrika Hardy was found in Hammond, Indiana; (bottom right) an abandoned home in Gary, Indiana, where another body was found

Darren Vann: Indiana man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear more

Darren Vann was arrested for the murder of a sex worker in an Indiana motel on Friday before leading officers to six other bodies. They now suspect there are more victims, dating back 20 years  

Oscar de la Renta dead: Legendary US fashion designer dies after long cancer battle aged 82

'I like light, color, luminosity. I like things full of color and vibrant'

Liberians read a daily Ebola noticeboard in Monrovia

Ebola outbreak: Do more to save our countries from tragedy, Liberian leader Ellen Johnson Sirleaf urges West

'Ebola is not just a health crisis. Across West Africa, a generation of young people risks being lost to an economic catastrophe,' she said

Hillary Clinton backs Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky

Hillary Clinton's back – and already she’s raising the rafters

Seven years after Obama dashed her White House hopes, the former first lady returns to the stump. But it’s just to support others – isn’t it?

A police cordon in Tallmadge, Ohio, this week, where Ebola-infected nurse Amber Vinson stayed over the weekend

Ebola crisis: US scrambles to contain the outbreak as Dallas doctor apologises for mistakes

Obama orders aggressive strategy but questions rise over ability to shut down the disease

Barack Obama makes a statement for the press after a meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House

Ebola in US: Virus will spread around the world if allowed to 'rage without control' in West Africa

President says 'emergency response SWAT team' will ensure proper isolation of any patients - and proper protection for care-givers

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Wilko Johnson, now the bad news

Former Dr Feelgood splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker