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All 50 US states are below freezing as the polar vortex sworls around North America, shattering temperature records and causing a collective shudder across the continent.

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Six-month-old girl shot dead while having nappy changed

Infant hit five times as Chicago gunman fires into father's minivan in suspected gang attack

Traffic camera firm caught in Chicago’s biggest ever bribery case

In what may turn out to be the biggest single corruption case Chicago has ever seen, a traffic camera company has admitted that it spent roughly $2m (£1.3m) over four years on a barely disguised bribery scheme to support and expand its lucrative contracts with the city’s transportation department.

He's not dead! World's most dangerous fugitive was NOT killed in Guatemalan jungle shootout

Reports of death of drugs baron known as El Chapo blamed on a government 'mix up'

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Lady Gaga cancels all Born This Way tour dates due to hip injury

Lady Gaga has cancelled her remaining US and Canada tour dates as she undergoes surgery for an injury to her hip.

Hadiya Pendleton performed at the President's inauguration

Michelle Obama to attend funeral of teen shot dead weeks after inauguration performance

Family welcome the first lady's appearance

Stewie was the longest cat in the world

So long ... to the world's longest cat

Stewie the world's longest cat has died. Guinness World Records declared Stewie the Cat the record-holder in August 2010, measuring 48.5 inches (123.19 cm) from the tip of his nose to the tip of his tail.

Convicted murderer US police released by mistake is found watching television

Police have recaptured a convicted murderer they freed by mistake at a northern Illinois home where he was found watching TV.

Hadiya Pendleton performed at the President's inauguration

Teenager who performed for Obama is shot

A 15-year-old girl who performed at President Barack Obama's inauguration in Washington was killed on Tuesday in a daylight shooting at a park in Chicago's notorious South Side.

Teenager who performed at Barack Obama’s second inauguration is shot dead in Chicago

A Chicago teenager who performed at President Barack Obama’s inauguration was killed yesterday in a daylight shooting at a park on the city’s notorious South Side.

The judge said of Headley: 'I don’t have any faith in Mr Headley when he says he’s a changed person and believes in the American way of life'

Scout for 2008 Mumbai attackers gets 35 years in jail

David Headley received a reduced sentence for co-operating with prosecutors

Sex offenders can use Facebook, declares US Court

A US federal court has struck down a ban on sex offenders using social networking sites like Facebook, calling the law unconstitutional.

Edelman honed his public relations skills in the Army

Daniel Edelman: Public relations pioneer

Daniel J Edelman, who died on 15 January at the age of 92, built one of the world's leading public relations companies and pioneered celebrity endorsements and media tours. He developed many of the methods now standard after transforming the firm he started more than 60 years ago with two people into a global concern. The firm's clients include Microsoft, Pfizer, Wal-Mart and Royal Dutch Shell.

Amy Poehler was great success on Golden Globes - but who is she?

Tina Fey and Poehler replaced Ricky Gervais as this year's hosts. But unlike Fey, her blond counterpart is relatively unknown this side of the pond

Urooj Khan poses with the winning lottery ticket

Murder investigation launched after US lottery winner dies of suspected cyanide poisoning the day after winning $425,000

Urooj Khan thought all his luck had come at once. After all, not only had he just won the lottery, he barely ever played it. But the day after picking up his $425,000 (£265,000) prize Mr Khan died from what appears to have been cyanide poisoning. Police are treating the case as murder.

A shrine at Newtown. Gun deaths in America may soon outstrip deaths from road accidents

Gun deaths in America projected to soon top car fatalities

Guns and cars have long been among the leading causes of non-medical deaths in the U.S. By 2015, firearm fatalities will probably exceed traffic fatalities for the first time, based on data compiled by Bloomberg.

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