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Carroll Shelby: Racing driver who won at Le Mans for Aston Martin

Carroll Shelby," the great American racing driver Dan Gurney said, "was an automotive visionary and leader. His West Texas down-home bib overalls style had a huge emotional impact on me and when he launched his now legendary Ford-powered Cobra team, I found myself a very willing volunteer to lend my driving ability to his quest to take on the established European teams on their home turf."

Why SXSW is a voyage of discovery

Bruce Springsteen, Fiona Apple, barbecue – who needs them? Not Gillian Orr, who went off-piste in search of new acts to get excited about at the biggest and best music festival in America

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Perry attacked over hunting camp with racist name

Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry faces new questions over his suitability to go head-to-head with Barack Obama next November, after it was claimed his family hunting spot was known by a racist nickname.

Reprieve for man 'sentenced to death for being black'

With just hours to go before he was due to be killed by lethal injection, a convicted murderer from Texas has been granted a temporary reprieve so the US Supreme Court can investigate whether he was originally sentenced to death because he is black.

Wildfires rage out of control across Texas

More than 1,000 homes have been destroyed in wildfires sweeping across rural Texas – and the biggest of the blazes is still completely uncontained, state officials have admitted.