Voices Ice forms on the shore of the East River due to unusually low temperatures caused by a polar vortex in New York

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.

Darren Clarke

Thomas Bjorn, Darren Clarke and Paul McGinley named as European Ryder Cup vice-captains

European captain Jose Maria Olazabal has named Thomas Bjorn, Darren Clarke and Paul McGinley as three of his four vice-captains for the Ryder Cup.

The trainer of Treasure Beach, Aidan O'Brien

Treasure washes up on home shores for Ballyroan contest

A midweek evening meeting is not usually the place to find a Derby winner, but tonight at Leopardstown the globetrotting Treasure Beach steps out on home turf for the first time since taking Ireland's premier Classic last year.

Wayne Manor - a secluded three-story Jacobean mansion

How much would it cost to buy Batman's house?

Wayne Manor would be the estate agent's dream property to market, though the mortgage might be a bit hefty

British team wins Royal Cup

Britain's Niklas Zennström's TP52 Rán came through to win the Royal Cup by just one point from the American team Quantum Racing, skippered by Ed Baird, in Palma de Mallorca.

Brit Zennström pulls through for Royal Cup victory

Britain's Niklas Zennström's TP52 Rán came through to win the Royal Cup by just one point from the American team Quantum Racing, skippered by Ed Baird, in Palma de Mallorca.

Chicago's last razzle dazzle

One of the longest-running West End musicals, Chicago, will bring down the final curtain in the autumn as its producers look to leave the stage with their "heads held high".

Farewell to fishnet tights: Final curtain for Chicago musical in London

Long-running West End show Chicago - which has featured an array of star names - is to close after nearly 15 years.

US Episcopal Church becomes largest religious group to approve blessing of gay unions

The US Episcopal Church yesterday approved a liturgy for clergy to use in blessing same-sex unions, including gay marriages in states where they are legal, becoming the largest US religious denomination to approve such a ritual.

David Beckham

David Beckham hit with ban over 'confrontational and provocative behaviour'

Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham has been banned for one game and fined an undisclosed amount for his "confrontational and provocative behaviour" during and after last weekend's defeat at San Jose.

Nathan Cassidy is giving audiences £1 to see his show 'Free Pound' on the Free Fringe

Alice Jones' Arts Diary: Edinburgh acts' funny money offer could raise a smile on the Royal Mile

Murky things are happening on the Edinburgh Fringe – and it's not even August yet. This year's fastest-emerging trend is for bribery with three acts offering cash in return for bums on seats. Nathan Cassidy is giving audiences £1 to see his show Free Pound on the Free Fringe (ticket cost: "minus £1". Donations welcome). Elsewhere, Mark MacNicol has gone for a money-back clause: if audiences don't like his "sexy, sensual, dark" theatrical take on Fatal Attraction, he will refund the £8 ticket price from his own pocket. And Irish comedian Caimh McDonnell has taken the most audacious route, promising to donate £100 to Macmillan Cancer Relief for every review published in a "recognised media source" before 20 August (only one review per outlet, sadly). Will any of these stunts work? Or will it emerge that these are, in fact, shows you couldn't pay a man, woman or Arts Diarist to see? And whatever happened to old-fashioned flyering on the Royal Mile in the rain?

Love cheat John Edwards made up affairs, claims former mistress Rielle Hunter in new book

John Edwards, the two-time presidential hopeful, is facing allegations from a former mistress that he fabricated three relationships.

'Bored' London diamond thief Arthur Rachel jailed

A reputed Chicago mobster who gained notoriety 32 years ago for stealing the 45-carat Marlborough Diamond from a London jewellery store was jailed for plotting more robberies, telling the judge he was bored.

Terror threat from Afghanistan and Pakistan has dropped, says David Cameron

Half of the major terrorist plots threatening Britain emerge from Afghanistan and Pakistan nearly 11 years after UK troops joined a US-led coalition to oust the Taliban, David Cameron said today.

Don't Occupy my wedding: Bride’s big day ruined as anti-Nato protesters descend on Chicago

As Elizabeth and Tim Alberts stepped out of the church in which they’d just married, the last thing they’d have expected was their big day being hijacked by Occupy Chicago protesters.

Chicago braces for final day of Nato protests

Chicago braced for more demonstrations today, with protesters vowing to march to the Boeing headquarters a day after clashes outside the Nato summit.

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