Just over six months after it was resurrected by German investors, online technology magazine The Kernel could be set to disappear once again after being swallowed up by a US rival.

The town on the wrong side of America's drugs war

A huge fence runs thousands of miles along the border with Mexico to keep migrants and narcotics out. Trouble is, it also cuts off half of Brownsville, Texas.

This is the way to Amarillo

Andrew Gumbel turns off the Texas highway and finds that the town celebrated in song by Tony Christie - and now Peter Kay - is friendly, but bemused by its fame in Britain

Cycling: Armstrong in saddle for magnificent seven chase

There has been months of speculation, countless hours of website debate and considerable uncertainty as to what his final decision would be, but Lance Armstrong has, at long last, confirmed that he will definitely be taking part in the 2005 Tour de France.

Is nothing sacred?

It's the holiest of Christian sites - the place where Jesus was buried. But the Church of the Holy Sepulchre has become a battleground where priests fight and monks stone each other. Victoria Clark reports on an ungodly turf war

Central Park becomes one giant saffron celebration as Christo's Gates unfurl

A former governor of Texas, recognisable from her bouffant white hair, was standing at the core of a crowd of hundreds at the 72nd Street entrance on the east side of Central Park before breakfast yesterday. The politician was not the attraction, however. Everyone was there for the art.

Abu Ghraib abuse ringleader found guilty

The army reservist found guilty of abusing prisoners at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq said at his sentencing hearing yesterday that he was merely following orders. The soldier, Specialist Charles Graner, received a 10-year sentence after being convicted on 10 counts of prisoner abuse at the end of a four-day trial in Texas.

Company involved in CSA computer snags to get new contract

The Texan company involved in the computer problems at the Child Support Agency (CSA) is set to win a big new contract to improve productivity at the same organisation, according to a confidential document seen by The Independent.

Woman pays £26,000 to clone her dead cat

A Texas woman is thought to be the first person to have a pet cloned to order.

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Dan Rather, the news anchor who lasted a quarter century, to retire

Dan Rather, the CBS news anchor embroiled in the scandal over faked documents related to President George Bush's Vietnam-era service in the National Guard, is stepping down at the end of March, the network said last night.

'Nuclear option' threat to EDS as it races to sort out Child Support Agency fiasco

Minister considers withholding further payments if computer giant can't fix £456m IT systems, writes Clayton Hirst

Bush: 'I've got the energy, the optimism and the enthusiasm to cross the finishing line'

Four years ago when George Bush was the governor of Texas he spent election day in Austin, awaiting the outcome in the governor's mansion. Yesterday, as the incumbent President, he left his Texas ranch in Crawford to return to Washington and wait in the White House for the political endgame to play out.

Racing: Lone Star trip just right for Ouija Board

Texas is bigger than England and France put together, but they have not used much of it to construct Lone Star Park which stages the Breeders' Cup for the first time today.

Racing: Europeans fear the Texan turns

The Breeders' Cup taskforce of Britain and Europe will try out the track here at Lone Star Park for the first time this morning and, climactically, it may not be the shocking experience many had predicted.

Turner shortlist sees artists turn political

The artists shortlisted for this year's £25,000 Turner Prize have unveiled the most political exhibition of works for years, including a reconstruction of Osama bin Laden's former home in Afghanistan and an insight into George Bush's home town in Texas.

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