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Lauryn Hill has left fans "confused" and "underwhelmed" on her present US tour.

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Scotland has benefited hugely from a number of American ladies, married to Scots, who have not only been generous philanthropists to a range of worthwhile causes but who have brought forthright intelligence and opinions to the life of Scotland. One such was the environmental campaigner and charity patron Sally Connally Hardie. She was on the council of the National Trust for Scotland from 1978 to 1985 (as was I from 1976-81), and she served on its executive from 1985-95. She was one of the first to argue for the Trust's role in maintaining pristine wilderness areas, such as Balmacara, Glencoe and Knoydart. One of her heroes was the Scottish-born conservationist John Muir, a man who was a legend in the United States but hardly known in Britain, who had pioneered the idea of preserving wilderness areas and established the concept of national parks in North America.

Frankly, my dear, those dresses have seen better days...

They are not quite gone with the wind, but the dresses that the actress Vivien Leigh wore as Scarlett O'Hara in the Old South movie classic are well on their way to falling apart. Curators at a museum in Texas are appealing for $30,000 (£19,000) to restore them.

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Twenty years ago, a billion people watched the channel's coverage of the first Gulf war. Now it's a different story

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New traffic lanes will be introduced on key roads to speed athletes and officials to the 2012 London Olympics under plans announced yesterday.

Fish makes his perfect 10 by fighting back to take Atlanta title

Mardy Fish, who knocked out the top seed Andy Roddick in the semi-finals, came from behind to beat John Isner 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 and win the Atlanta Championships yesterday.

US anti-abortion activists target black community

US anti-abortion activists are targeting the black community in a controversial poster campaign.

Ann Nixon Cooper

Ann Nixon Cooper, who died on 21 December aged 107, was the Atlanta centenarian of whom President Barack Obama spoke in his election night speech.

US strikes at Mexican drug cartel

American drug enforcement teams are celebrating a major success after a coast-to-coast sweep of traffickers and dealers in methamphetamines, cocaine and marijuana led to the arrests of 303 people, all linked to La Familia, one of the largest and most sinister of the Mexican cartels.

Alcohol 'affects IVF success'

Women who drink just a few glasses of white wine a week cut their chance of successful IVF, research shows. Men can also reduce their hopes of fathering a child if they consume a daily beer.

Native Americans go on the warpath and tackle the Redskins

Washington football team faces Supreme Court battle to retain "offensive" name

Convicted US soldier apologises for My Lai massacre

The only US Army officer convicted over the 1968 massacre of Vietnamese civilians at My Lai made an extraordinary public apology while speaking to a small group near the military base where he went on trial.

Observations: A band of two halves

Football is a game of two halves, and now a Mancunian quartet are releasing their debut album in two parts. Like many north-west brethren, Kid British, aptly named given their fresh-faced youthfulness, share an unhealthy interest in the beautiful game.

Observations: Kid British proves they're a band of two halves

Football is a game of two halves, and now a Mancunian quartet are releasing their debut album in two parts. Like many north-west brethren, Kid British, aptly named given their fresh-faced youthfulness, share an unhealthy interest in the beautiful game.

Edwards hit by new love-child allegations

A former aide to John Edwards, the one-time senator whose presidential campaign last year came spectacularly to grief on the rocks of an illicit affair, is set to claim in a tell-all book that his erstwhile boss assured him he would be "taken care of for life" if he pretended to be the father of a child the woman bore.

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