David Usborne

David Usborne is US Editor of The Independent.

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President Obama speaking in Chicago last month

Is Chicago Obama's kind of town - or is it New York?

Usborne in the USA: Cities actually fall over themselves to win the chance to snag a presidential library - Barack Obama's is no different

The battle over the Barack Obama Museum and Library just got geographical

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has told Chicagoans that he's prepared to move 'heaven and earth' to win them the museum

After talks with President Ashraf Ghani at the White House, Mr Obama acknowledged that the pace of withdrawal from Afghanistan was being slowed

Obama to slow troop withdrawal from Afghanistan to help maintain stability

Mr Obama acknowledged that the pace of withdrawal from Afghanistan was being slowed

The firing squad execution chamber at the Utah State Prison in Draper, Utah.

Death by firing squad law approved in state of Utah, but only if the drugs run out

At least two other American states are now considering using firing squads

Afghans protesting yesterday against the killing of a woman, 27, accused of destroying a Koran last week

Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani opens US visit with speech honouring sacrifices made by American soldiers

Mr Ghani is intent on contrasting his style with that of his predecessor, Hamid Karzai, who became belligerent towards the US

Jon Hamm (right) and John Slattery in the final series of Mad Men

Mad Men final episodes: Museum exhibition just part of the hoopla greeting end of 1960s-set TV hit

New York is saluting the series with a wave of tributes sufficient to satisfy even the most ardent of its fans

Monica Lewinsky gives her TED talk

Cyber bullying is devastating, says Monica Lewinsky

Ms Lewinsky addressed a TED conference in Vancouver

Ricky Jackson at court on the day of his release

Innocent man who spent 39 years in prison receives $1 million in compensation

Ricky Jackson is the longest-serving prisoner in America to have been freed after exoneration

University of Virginia: Governor launches investigation into police treatment of black student

Student called police officers racist as they took him to the ground

The Kappa Delta Rho fraternity house at Penn State University

Penn State shuts down fraternity over Facebook images of unconscious women, drug deals and hazing rituals

A member of Kappa Delta Rho tipped-off local police about the postings that are 'in direct violation of the standards and values' of the university

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Where the spooks get their coffee fix: The busiest Starbucks in the US is also the most secretive

The secret CIA Starbucks

The coffee shop is deep inside the agency's forested Virginia compound
Revealed: How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Loch Ness Monster 'sighting'

How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
One million Britons using food banks, according to Trussell Trust

One million Britons using food banks

Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths 2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths trove
The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey, 25 years on

The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey 25 years on

The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
Did Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
Sir Kenneth Branagh interview: 'My bones are in the theatre'

Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
The sloth is now the face (and furry body) of three big advertising campaigns

The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
How to run a restaurant: As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food

How to run a restaurant

As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food
Record Store Day: Remembering an era when buying and selling discs were labours of love

Record Store Day: The vinyl countdown

For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert

The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
10 best tote bags

Accessorise with a stylish shopper this spring: 10 best tote bags

We find carriers with room for all your essentials (and a bit more)
Paul Scholes column: I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England

Paul Scholes column

I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England
Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

The heptathlete has gone from the toast of the nation to being a sleep-deprived mum - but she’s ready to compete again. She just doesn't know how well she'll do...