David Usborne

David Usborne is US Editor of The Independent.

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University students and employees protest in San Juan against government plans to implement cuts to university budgets, while many state schools are also under threat

Puerto Rico, island of lost dreams: People are leaving the debt-hit territory in droves as near neighbour Cuba's star rises

Puerto Rico is billions of dollars in debt and its people are leaving in droves. But America is turning its back on the territory, focusing instead on its near neighbour Cuba, whose electorate want closer ties. David Usborne reports from San Juan

The headquarters of the Cancer Fund of America, in Knoxville, Tennessee

Fraudulent cancer charities accused of using £122m donations for Victoria's Secret spending sprees and Caribbean cruises

Officials say that less than 5 per cent of the money raised actually made it anywhere near suffering patients

Activists gather during the ‘sHellNo Kayak Flotilla’ around Royal Dutch Shell’s ‘Polar Pioneer’, docked at the Port of Seattle along the Puget Sound

Seattle's 'kayaktavists' protest against plans by Royal Dutch Shell to drill for oil in the Arctic and warn of 'ecological catastrophe'

After 'kayaktavists' took to the waters off Seattle to oppose Royal Dutch Shell's drilling programme, US Editor David Usborne reports on the rising tension between the US’s need for energy independence and protecting the environment

Republican supporters pray over Rick Santorum, centre, during a campaign stop in 2012

The decline in religion could spell disaster for Republicans

A new study has found that the number of Americans identifying themselves as Christian has fallen almost 8 per cent to just over 70 per cent

Norman Braman gives a thumbs-up to Rubio as he unveils his Republican presidential nomination

Norman Braman: Billionaire backer of Marco Rubio who is out to stop Jeb Bush's bid for Republican presidential nomination at any cost

David Usborne meets one of the new generation of super-wealthy money men whose influence over US elections has grown so large

President Obama holding a meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (left) of Saudi Arabia in the Oval Office

US-Gulf summit: Saudi King 'snubs' President Obama over his perceived inattention to the region

Last-minute failure to attend White House meeting bodes ill for the gathering, with tensions expected over the Iran nuclear deal and calls for a defence treaty

Emergency personnel help a passenger at the scene of a train wreck

Amtrak train crash: Fears death toll will rise as six people 'critical' after derailment

About 238 passengers and five crew reported on board the Amtrak train travelling from Washington DC to New York

A hologram of Tupac Shakur performing with Snoop Dogg

National Comedy Centre to bring back famous historical comedians - as holograms

Teaming up with Hologram USA, the venue hopes to present a wide roster of expired comedic greats

Tom Brady lifts the Super Bowl trophy

Americans can stomach dodgy deals but not when it comes to sports

Deflategate is a new scandal that at once seems piffling and egregious

Cuban refugees are rescued from a raft

US-Cuba relations: Cuban refugees amazed at plans to restart ferry services between the two nations

Some are against the move, but for Alex Dias - who came to America on a makeshift raft 23 years ago - it is a chance to return, this time on a seagoing vessel

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