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Rick Perry, suddenly the front-runner in the Republican nomination stakes, last month described Washington as a "seedy place" he didn't care for.

American Football: Foster plays the lead role to stun Indianapolis

Austin Collie of the Indianapolis Colts is tackled during the Houston Texans' surprise 34-24 victory over the perennial AFC South champions yesterday. It was the Texans first win over their arch enemy in seven tries and came despite Peyton Manning's 433 yards passing.

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.

BP agrees to pay $50m Texas fine

BP has agreed to pay a $50.6m fine for safety violations at its Texas City refinery, the troubled plant where 15 workers were killed in an explosion five years ago.

Gulf storm puts BP spill efforts on hold

BP engineers said they would leave the leaky cap fixed to its crippled Gulf of Mexico well head closed as key ships stationed over the site were ordered to evacuate today as Tropical Storm Bonnie loomed.

Ecclestone hails F1's return to US

Formula One has sealed its return to the lucrative United States market after a deal was reached for a new purpose-built facility in Texas to stage grands prix from the start of the 2012 season.

Album: Texas Tornados Esta Bueno!, Bismeaux/Proper (PPP)

The original Texas Tornados were the Tex-Mex outfit led by the late Doug Sahm.

Mumblecore - A genre worth shouting about

Mumblecore's low-budget, relationship-centred movies make it the only independent film movement to have had recent success in the US. Kaleem Aftab reports

Whip It (12A)

Impossible to dislike Drew Barrymore's directorial debut or Ellen Page's feisty teen heroine, though as a comedy about a minority sport it doesn't have the hectic energy and laughs of Dodgeball, the standard by which I judge all such movies.

The Big Six: Cool motels

'Texas schoolbook massacre' rewrites American history

Country music and the speeches of Jefferson Davis could soon be taught in the nation's classrooms

A radical proposal: Why will Jim Crace's next book be his last?

Jim Crace made his name with literary fiction, but his new novel lurches in an entirely new direction: real-world politics.

Lone Star state hosts galaxy of talent

It's getting increasingly difficult to navigate not just the 1,200 or so bands on the official programme at the annual SXSW festival in Austin, but also the hundreds of others who have descended on the Texan capital to play unofficial showcases at pubs, clubs, restaurants, record shops and house parties.

Claire Beale On Advertising: It's time adland wised up to Twitter

If you follow these things you'll probably know that the biggest topic trending on Twitter in the US last week was something called SXSW, a painfully fashionable gathering at the cutting edge of music, film and interactive media. It takes place every year in Austin, Texas, and is cooler than a Mr Whippy.

Texan accused of disabling 100 cars over internet

A man fired from a Texas auto dealership used an internet service to remotely disable ignitions and set off car horns of more than 100 vehicles sold at his old workplace, police said yesterday.

The Texas moderate Republican massacre

A combination of bank bailouts, healthcare reform and Barack Obama himself has dragged the Grand Old Party further to the right – as events in the Lone Star State demonstrate
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The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

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Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

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Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
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Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
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Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

We exaggerate regional traits and turn them into jokes - and those on the receiving end are in on it too, says DJ Taylor
How to make your own Easter egg: Willie Harcourt-Cooze shares his chocolate recipes

How to make your own Easter egg

Willie Harcourt-Cooze talks about his love affair with 'cacao' - and creates an Easter egg especially for The Independent on Sunday
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef declares barbecue season open with his twist on a tradtional Easter Sunday lamb lunch

Bill Granger's twist on Easter Sunday lunch

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Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

The England prop relives the highs and lows of last Saturday's remarkable afternoon of Six Nations rugby
Cricket World Cup 2015: Has the success of the tournament spelt the end for Test matches?

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