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America's largest women's rights organisation delivered a snub to Sarah Palin's history-making candidacy yesterday by endorsing Barack Obama and Joe Biden's bid for power.

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Sarah Palin, the Alaskan Governor selected by John McCain as his running mate, hit back at the media last night, telling her critics to stop raking through her family and political history.

McCain denies hasty vetting of Palin as lawyers sent to Alaska

The John McCain camp confirmed yesterday they had sent a "jump team" of lawyers and media communications experts to Alaska to handle the burst of potentially damaging publicity surrounding vice presidential pick Sarah Palin and her pregnant daughter, Bristol.

Seventeen, pregnant and unmarried: Palin's girl becomes an election issue

The sudden intrusion of adolescent bedroom drama into the US presidential race threatens to rock, if not quite capsize, the nascent McCain-Palin ticket. Sarah Palin, the vice-presidential nominee, astonished Republican delegates assembled in St Paul for their truncated convention yesterday by announcing that her 17-year-old daughter, Bristol, is pregnant.

McCain's choice of running mate heads off potential rebellion

John McCain appeared last night to have energised his rank and file supporters and headed off a potential rebellion of conservative Christians at his party's convention in St Paul, Minnesota, this week thanks to his unorthodox choice of Sarah Palin, the Governor of Alaska, as his running mate.

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Republican presidential hopeful John McCain named the youngest and first female governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, as his running mate today.

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This Monday sees the 50th anniversary of Alaska legally joining the US. But the largest state in the union is a world apart from the 'Lower 48', says Harriet O'Brien

Alaska's capital goes green after avalanche cuts power lines

Juneau, the capital of Alaska and a popular cruise-ship stop, has had little to celebrate since an avalanche wiped out the lines supplying it with hydroelectricity. But four weeks later it has become a model for energy conservation, with its citizens doing everything from unplugging tumble-driers to regulating airport runway lights.

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