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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.

Traveller's guide: Alaska

The sights of this wild frontier will stay with you long after you've left, writes Sara Benson

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Psychics fail their spiritual screen test

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Manny Steward: The best boxing trainer of his generation

Manny Steward became the best trainer of his generation after an anonymous apprenticeship travelling to fights with young boxers packed in his car, a cooking stove in the trunk and the local US state rulebook in his pocket. He was a master tactician who understood the crazy hearts of the fighters he shaped, guided and often created from scratch. He had an ability in the gym, a hotel room in the lonely hours before a fight, the dressing room and the ring during a fight to communicate clearly a strategy for victory. He could whisper and he could growl.

Obama sends fresh shockwaves through election race with 'bullshitter' attack on Romney

President Barack Obama has taken his rhetorical attacks on Mitt Romney, his Republican challenger, to a new level, calling him a “bullshitter” in a still-to-be-published interview with Rolling Stone magazine.

'Armchair astronomers' discover planet with four suns

A planet with four suns has been identified by two “armchair astronomers”.

Tina Fey as Sarah Palin and Amy Poehler as Hillary Clinton on Saturday Night Live

Bye bye Ricky Gervais: Controversial Golden Globes host to be replaced by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler

He was once feted by everyone from Ben Stiller to Johnny Depp. They praised his mockumentary sit-com The Office as the last-word in comedy cool, but now it seems Ricky Gervais' particular brand of smart arsery is out of favour in Hollywood.

My US paradox: why are the shops so nice but the politics so nasty?

It's the American way to look good in politics by putting other candidates down.

Dammit, Wyclef: Corruption at hip-hop star's Haiti charity

Charitable efforts to help Haiti back on its feet after a devastating earthquake in 2010 have attracted scepticism before. But today's New York Times report on staggering waste at the hip-hop star Wyclef Jean's charity, Yéle, will be enough to make many think twice before reaching into their pocket again.

Today's wacky stories from the web: gangster guns, cryogenics and Amityville horror house for sale

A wikipedia for hip hop, Italy's most tyre-rannical politician, frost-bitten penis, snake bite vs. morphine and the brand new Taj Mahal

Revealed: What happens if you cross a parrot, a vampire bat and a porcupine? You get a weird dinosaur

A newly described dinosaur resembled a weird combination of parrot, vampire bat and porcupine.

Rory McIlroy walks to the first tee after arriving late

Ryder Cup: Rory McIlroy reunited with policeman who rushed him to Medina's first tee

Ryder Cup hero Rory McIlroy has been reunited with the policeman who rushed him to the course for the final day's play at Medinah Country Club.

Davis Love III wells up with the emotions of leading the US team at the Ryder Cup

Ryder Cup: Tournament still has edge despite mutual respect says USA captain Davis Love

For two years of build-up and two days of preview press conferences, the overwhelming theme of this week's Ryder Cup has seemed to be fun and mutual respect.

Jose Maria Olazabal and Seve Ballesteros at Valderrama in 1997

James Lawton: US need to extinguish the spirit Seve instilled in Olly

It was inevitable – but not necessarily right – that the American high command should target Rory McIlroy here over these next few days.

Daylight robbery? Capone's car sells for a fortune

Al Capone's bulletproof car fetched $215,000 at auction – eight times the price of a regular one of its kind.

Their first kiss has been given a schmaltzy memorial

A kiss is still a kiss... unless it's from Barack Obama

Mwah! The First Lady's first kiss with the man who would be President has been given a schmaltzy memorial.

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