News A man walks along a snow covered Cass Avenue in Detroit, Michigan. The first major winter storm of 2014 bore down on the US northeast on Thursday and Friday with heavy snow, Arctic temperatures and strong winds

A second storm is set to hit the region over the next few days that could be even worse, just as the clean up begins

How the Death Bear hopes to heal Brooklyn's broken hearts

Reminders of your ex-lover all over your flat? No problem – just call Nate Hill. David Usborne meets the man behind the mask

A new age of Aquarius

Michael Coveney danced on stage at the hippie musical Hair, and his love beads are back out for a revival

US school children warm to chic Carla Bruni

Carla Bruni-Sarkozy turned up the heat on her first trip to Washington as France's first lady, visiting a school in a poor neighbourhood and lunching at Ben's Chili Bowl.

Emilie de Ravin -She's busy making up for Lost time

Emilie de Ravin doesn't crave the spotlight, but her latest film role alongside man-of-the-moment Robert Pattinson may make it hard to avoid. By Rosamund Witcher

Christopher Browne: Investment fund manager whose questions led to the fall of Conrad Black

Christopher Browne was the Wall Street investment-fund manager who first raised the questions that would lead to the downfall and imprisonment of the publishing mogul Conrad (Lord) Black, the former owner of The Daily Telegraph. With 18 per cent of shares, Browne's firm, Tweedy, Browne Company was the largest single outside investors in Black's umbrella company, Hollinger International Inc, but in 2001 Chris Browne, their senior partner, became suspicious as to how Black and his wife, Barbara Amiel, were able to finance their lavish lifestyles.

Album: Dvorak, Symphonic Poems, Czech Phil/Mackerras (Supraphon)

Of the symphonic poems Dvorak wrote after his return from New York, only The Golden Spinning Wheel has become a regular fixture.

Ice and glass fall into NYC building atrium

Fire officials say ice has broken through a glass atrium at the Sony Building in New York City and 10 people have sustained minor injuries.

Kia to launch new Magentis At New York

Korean manufacturer Kia will show off its new Magentis for the first time at the New York International Auto Show in April. The choice of venue for the launch probably reflects the fact that company's medium-large saloon is more popular in North America than here in Europe.

Chastened, By Hephzibah Anderson

One Valentine's Day, the literary critic Hephziabah Anderson went to bed with a pile of escapist novels, reminding herself that "though I felt lonely, I'd felt lonelier in the past with a lover by my side".

Salinger caught the attention of the world – then hid from it

The extraordinary man who wrote 'The Catcher in the Rye' has died aged 91

Caught in the Net: Rise of Rose and LoneLady

Other than the ubiquitous Ellie Goulding and the oft-mentioned Coco Sumner, there are some unusual female indie acts looking for their chance to make it big this year.

Curtains for New York's crucible of kitsch

New Yorkers mourn the passing of the Tavern on the Green, which took bad taste to stratospheric levels

Midwest master: Garrison Keillor on 35 years at the heart of Lake Wobegon

Keillor has spent 35 years at the heart of the American Midwest, poking fun at his neighbours' mores, even as he himself has adopted them. But, he tells David Usborne, it's almost time to leave Lake Wobegon behind

Thomas Hoving: Maverick museum director who transformed the Met in New York

In the public imagination, museum directors should be donnish and discreet, impeccably tasteful and thoroughly proper. That wasn't quite how Thomas Hoving saw the job.

The Company They Kept, Edited by Robert Silvers & Barbara Epstein

"A memoir of a talented friend risks sentimentality," warns Robert Silvers, (editor of The New York Review of Books who edited w ith its co-founder, Barbara Epstein, until her death in 2006) in his preface.

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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas