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Guy Adams was The Independent's Los Angeles correspondent from 2008-2012.

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Kevin Clash poses with Elmo

U is for… uncertain times. What now for Elmo?

Puppeteer behind Sesame Street's most widely loved character resigns over alleged relationships with teenagers

Raymond Andrews, the local tribal historical preservation officer, examines the damage

Thieves steal rock engravings from sacred Native American site

A gang of art thieves armed with circular saws, ladders, and a generator have stolen a series of ancient rock engravings from a remote set of volcanic cliffs in California's Sierra Nevada mountains.

Naked demonstrators protest outside San Francisco City Hall last week against the proposed nudity ban

If you’re going to San Francisco, be sure to wear… something

City that was home to the Summer of Love reins in its hippie tradition by  banning public nudity

Paula Broadwell at her home in Charlotte, North Carolina, yesterday

Petraeus's biographer tells family she is 'devastated' by fallout from affair

The woman whose affair with David Petraeus led to the CIA director's resignation has told friends that she is "devastated" by the scandal and "deeply regrets the damage that's been done to her family and everyone else's".

General David Petraeus back in town to give evidence on Benghazi attack

Ousted CIA head appears to contradict earlier testimony that YouTube video was the catalyst

Who is the real Jill Kelley?

She first hit the news as the apparently innocent victim of abusive emails from the lover of David Petraeus. But the more we've found out about the other, other woman, the greater the mystery

John McAfee, founder of the eponymous anti-virus company

Did tech mogul John McAfee kill his neighbour in Belize? (and if not, why is he on the run?)

With his tinted hair and tribal tattoos, John McAfee has always stood out like a sore thumb among the yacht-owning multi-millionaires who choose to live out their teatime years in the picturesque Caribbean tax haven of Belize.

David Petraeus, pictured, is said to have devoted the days since his resignation to a so-far-futile effort to placate his wife

Disgraced Petraeus too busy with affair fallout to give evidence in Benghazi inquiry

Republicans demand General attends inquiry on Benghazi killings as he handles affair fallout

Kevin Clash, the puppeteer behind Elmo, has taken leave from Sesame Street

Voice of Elmo accused of sex with underage boy

The man behind the Sesame Street puppet Elmo is taking a leave of absence from the programme to fight what he calls "false and defamatory" allegations that he had an improper relationship with a 16-year-old boy.

General Petraeus with Paula Broadwell. He quit over their affair

Petraeus faces Senate grilling over 'affair cover-up' at the CIA

Departure of director who had extra-marital relationship is questioned by politicians as agency battles fall-out over Libya debacle

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