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US President adds that the substance is actually less damaging ‘in terms of its impact on the individual customer’

GSK sets aside £2.2bn to cover Avandia claims

Legal bills related to diabetes drug will wipe out profits for the past quarter

Colorado Rapids win MLS

The Colorado Rapids were crowned champions of Major League Soccer for the first time after a 2-1 extra-time win over FC Dallas on Sunday.

Fear and loathing in the nastiest campaign ever

From Barack Obama as the Angel of Death to accusations of Tea Party witchcraft – the midterm election propaganda battle has stooped to new lows

Leading article: Time, please!

Researchers from the US National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder, Colorado, have demonstrated, using two phenomenally precise atomic clocks, that the passage of time really does change depending on where you are. One of the clocks was placed just one foot above the other and, thanks to the lesser gravitational pull of the earth exerted on the latter, showed that less time had elapsed when they examined it. Comforting to know that Einstein's theory of relativity is actually correct. It would have been terribly inconvenient, not least for the physics community, to have had to reopen that old question.

Charlie Sheen sentenced for attacking wife

Actor Charlie Sheen was sentenced today after pleading guilty to attacking his wife in a Christmas Day argument in exchange for the withdrawal of more serious charges.

American craft ales: Brewed in the USA

A new generation of American craft ales will take centre stage at next week's Great British Beer Festival. Will Hawkes asks, what's the secret of their success?

Anadarko looks at onshore oil

Anadarko Petroleum, the Texan partner in BP's Deepwater Horizon oil well which exploded in April, is eyeing a 75 per cent stake in the onshore Jolly Ranch scheme in Colorado.

Rocky season in the sun: Vail also offers a range of summer activities

"Present it to him. Set the hook. Pull your rod up to 12 o'clock. Now, snag him, snag him!" There follows about 10 seconds of giggles from my ponytailed fly-fishing instructor, Ryan Schmidt, who up until this point has been the epitome of laid-back fisherman cool, standing waist-deep several yards away from me downstream. But not now. Ryan has transformed into an excited child as the large rainbow trout he's had his eye on for the past half-hour has decided to gobble my fly and disappear to the depths of Eagle Creek.

Obama commits nearly $2 billion to solar companies

President Barack Obama, under pressure to spur job growth, said today that two solar energy companies will get nearly $2 billion in US loan guarantees to create as many as 5,000 green jobs.

URS wins takeover battle for Scott Wilson

URS last night won the takeover battle for the engineering consultancy Scott Wilson, raising its bid to 290p a share, which adds up to the second biggest premium paid for a UK company in the last decade.

Read our lips: no new taxes (and to hell with the results)

Money's so tight in Colorado Springs that the street lights are dark and the police have had to sell their helicopters on eBay. Yet residents are ecstatic. David Usborne on a small attack on big government

Colorado students fight for gun rights

University's bid to prevent Virginia-style rampage is stalled by campus opposition

To the wild frontiers: America's backwoods ski resorts offer new challenges

Forget the flat, icy slopes of Killington in Vermont, or the speed traps and over-eager ski patrols of Vail in Colorado: the real beating heart of the US ski industry has always been the powder-laden, character-filled and downright scary resorts that cling to America's steeper mountains. Some of these towns have histories stretching back to the gold-rush days, others are authentic cowboy hang-outs where Stetson hats outnumber beanies. Yet more are mining settlements that happen to back on to incredible slopes. All share the small-town Americana culture that Springsteen sings about, and tend to be as wild and carefree as their bearded patrons.

Katie Jarvis - Essex's accidental actress

Katie Jarvis followed the critical acclaim of Fish Tank with awards, more film offers and a baby daughter. She tells Charlotte Cripps that she finds her life increasingly surreal for a teenager
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Oscar Pistorius is led out of court in Pretoria. Pistorius received a five-year prison sentence for culpable homicide by judge Thokozile Masipais for the killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp
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Like Madonna, Sister Cristina Scuccia's video is also set in Venice

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James Blunt's debut album Back to Bedlam shot him to fame in 2004
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Singer says the track was 'force-fed down people's throats'

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The Tinder app has around 10 million users worldwide

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Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Let's talk about loss

We need to talk about loss

Secrecy and silence surround stillbirth
Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Women may be better suited to space travel than men are
Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

Tim Minchin interview

For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Many of us Brits still disapprove of conspicuous consumption – it's the way we were raised, says DJ Taylor
Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album