David Usborne

David Usborne is US Editor of The Independent.

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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

2,000 migrating snow geese have died in eastern Idaho likely because of avian cholera. File photo

2,000 snow geese fall out of the sky over Idaho in avian cholera outbreak

Volunteers have spent days picking up dead birds

Dilma Rousseff and her party are embroiled in a continuing investigation into the $800m (£538m) in bribes allegedly paid by companies bidding for Petrobras contracts

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff pledges corruption reforms in wake of mass protests

More than a million Brazilians poured on to streets in cities including Sao Paolo, Rio de Janeiro and the capital, Brasilia, on Sunday

The shootings promised to inflame tensions that erupted after the killing of an unarmed black man, 18-year-old Michael Brown, by a police officer last August

Ferguson shooting: Officers shot and wounded during protests 'ambushed,' say police as incident receives widespread condemnation

Both officers have been released from hospital as the hunt for those responsible continues

Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird has sold 40 million copies

To Kill a Mockingbird sequel: Authorities investigating whether Harper Lee was bullied into releasing Go Set a Watchman

It remains unknown whether Ms Lee, 88, who is in a nursing home, is in fact alert or something far short of it

Richard Branson's Virgin Group sued by former partner who claims the company 'stole his plans' for cruise line

Colin Veitch claims he could have earned up to $314 million from the deal if it had been honoured and the company had succeeded

Senator Lindsey Graham talks to the media about Congressional letter sent to Iran
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker can expect closer scrutiny of his personal life, in particular his disappearance from university shortly before he was due to graduate

US Presidential campaign 2016: After ending the power of Wisconsin's labour unions, Republican governor Scott Walker's attention now shifts to the White House

His Right to Work law drew criticism from President Obama and outraged workers in the state, but it has helped give Mr Walker a commanding lead over his rivals in the GOP's nomination race

Jeb Bush in Iowa, whose party caucuses are traditionally a bellwether of the election

Jeb Bush tries out conservative credentials in Iowa

Family connections alone won’t win him the nomination

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Does Blatter's departure mean Fifa will automatically clean up its act?

Don't bet on it, says Tom Peck
Charles Kennedy: The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

Charles Kennedy was consistently a man of the centre-left, dedicated to social justice, but was also a champion of liberty and an opponent of the nanny-state, says Baroness Williams
Syria civil war: The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of this endless conflict

The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of Syria's endless civil war

Sahar Qanbar lost her mother and brother as civilians and government soldiers fought side by side after being surrounded by brutal Islamist fighters. Robert Fisk visited her
The future of songwriting: How streaming is changing everything we know about making music

The future of songwriting

How streaming is changing everything we know about making music
William Shemin and Henry Johnson: Jewish and black soldiers receive World War I Medal of Honor amid claims of discrimination

Recognition at long last

Jewish and black soldiers who fought in WWI finally receive medals after claims of discrimination
Beating obesity: The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters

Beating obesity

The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters
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Ready for rain: 9 best women's festival waterproofs

These are the macs to keep your denim dry and your hair frizz-free(ish)
Cycling World Hour Record: Nervous Sir Bradley Wiggins ready for pain as he prepares to go distance

Wiggins worried

Nervous Sir Bradley ready for pain as he prepares to attempt cycling's World Hour Record
Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Reds baulk at Christian Benteke £32.5m release clause
On your feet! Spending at least two hours a day standing reduces the risk of heart attacks, cancer and diabetes, according to new research

On your feet!

Spending half the day standing 'reduces risk of heart attacks and cancer'
With scores of surgeries closing, what hope is there for the David Cameron's promise of 5,000 more GPs and a 24/7 NHS?

The big NHS question

Why are there so few new GPs when so many want to study medicine?
Big knickers are back: Thongs ain't what they used to be

Thongs ain't what they used to be

Big knickers are back
Thurston Moore interview

Thurston Moore interview

On living in London, Sonic Youth and musical memoirs
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In full bloom

Floral print womenswear
From leading man to Elephant Man, Bradley Cooper is terrific

From leading man to Elephant Man

Bradley Cooper is terrific