Rupert Cornwell: Is the American railroad dream back on track?

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UK airspace plane makes emergency landing

A passenger plane passing through UK airspace had to make an emergency landing today following reports of chemical fumes in the cabin.

Ben Bernanke: America's economy is showing signs of a return to strength

The ageing of America's population will have a major impact on the federal budget, most dramatically on the Social Security and Medicare programmes, particularly if the cost of healthcare continues to rise at its historical rate. Thus, we must begin now to prepare for this coming demographic transition.

RAF scrambles fighter jets after passenger flight terror alerts

Aircraft shadowed twice this month as threat of 9/11-style attack grows

A very modern military partnership

Only 10 years ago, the Army was expelling soldiers for homosexuality. Now gay weddings get the regimental blessing. Terri Judd reports

Texan accused of disabling 100 cars over internet

A man fired from a Texas auto dealership used an internet service to remotely disable ignitions and set off car horns of more than 100 vehicles sold at his old workplace, police said yesterday.

RAF fighters scrambled in jet passenger alert

Two RAF Typhoon fighter aircraft were scrambled today after reports of a disruptive passenger on board a Heathrow-bound transatlantic flight

Death penalty thrown out over sex scandal

U-turn by Texas appeals court after judge and prosecutor admit affair

White Stripes: US Air Force stole song for Super Bowl advert

The White Stripes say the Air Force Reserve used one of their songs without permission in an American football championship Super Bowl ad, and that they are insulted their song was used to encourage recruitment during a war they don't support.

Leading article: Dammit, Chloe!

Counter Terrorist Unit, Los Angeles

Jordan Uttal: US airman and founder member of the 2nd Air Division Association

In 1947 six former 2nd Air Division USAAF officers who had been stationed at Headquarters in Norfolk during the Second World War, and who lived in the Chicago area in the US, decided to meet at the apartment of one of them for a few drinks on a Friday evening to remember old times.

Texas polygamist gets 33 years for child sex abuse

The Texas attorney general's office says a 57-year-old member of a polygamist group has been sentenced to 33 years in prison for the sexual assault of a child.

Album: Various Artists, Kats Karavan: The History of John Peel on the Radio (Universal)

John Peel's first stint as DJ was in 1959, for a Dallas radio station's R&B show called Kats Karavan; thereafter, the work sheet for every Peel show bore that same legend in the space reserved for the programme title.

Obits in Brief: Dr Malcolm Perry

Dr. Malcolm Oliver Perry II, who died on 5 December aged 80, was a physician who attended to President John F. Kennedy at Parkland Memorial Hospital after he was shot in Dallas in 1963.

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