TJ Yates was hurried into action after the Texans first and second choice quarter-backs suffered season-ending injuries

American Football: Yates breaks fresh territory for Texans

It is a little bit of history that has been a decade in the making. Tonight at the Reliant Stadium, the Houston Texans will entertain the Cincinnati Bengals and finally experience a belated first taste of post-season in the opening fixture of the NFL play-offs.

US family aghast as teen is deported to Colombia

Like many a teenage runaway, Jakadrien Turner wasn't exactly forthcoming when police in Houston arrested her for shoplifting in early April.

MICHELE BACHMANN (7%): Said HPV vaccine could cause mental retardation

With enemies like these, does the President need friends?

The Republican nomination race started like a train – but became a train wreck. As the primaries loom, David Usborne charts how the GOP became the gaffes and 'oops' party

Republican spotlight on Santorum

A late surge in the polls and a negative ad from one of his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination has put Rick Santorum under the spotlight ahead of voting in the first primaries next week.

Christmas Day killer wore Santa outfit

The suspect in a Christmas Day shooting – in which he and six members of his extended family were killed – was dressed as Santa Claus, Texas police said.

Police believe gunman wore Santa outfit

US police say the man they believe carried out a Christmas Day shooting that left him and six members of his extended family dead was dressed as Santa Claus.

Gingrich fails to make the grade in his home state

Newt Gingrich may be leading in polls of Republican voters in the US state of Virginia, but the presidential hopeful's name will not appear on the state's primary ballot, a significant setback for a candidate whose standing in polls has recently been slipping.

Stanford ruled fit for trial on $7bn Ponzi allegations

The long-awaited trial of Allen Stanford, who is accused of swindling thousands of investors out of more than $7bn through an elaborate Ponzi scheme, will start next month.

DVD: Conan the Barbarian (15)

This "update" of Robert E Howard's Cimarron has loads of fighting, flexed pecs and twirling swords, but little lamentation of the women, virtually zero mythology and no Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Billie Jo Spears: Country singer who scored her biggest hit with 'Blanket on the Ground'

Many artists have a "career record", a song which becomes so well-known that it swamps anything else they do. With Billie Jo Spears, it was her 1975 single, "Blanket on the Ground", a song which suggested putting the romance back into a marriage. "It became controversial," said Spears, "as many of the listeners thought I was singing 'sleep around' instead of 'slip around'. The country fans thought it sounded like a cheating song, and they don't like girls who sing cheating songs." With a few more plays, everyone realised what the song was about and it became an international bestseller.

DVD: Conan the Barbarian (15)

This "update" of Robert E Howard's Cimarron has loads of fighting, flexed pecs and twirling swords, but little lamentation of the women, virtually zero mythology and no Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Gray had a voice like Sam Cooke's, though he could also rasp

Dobie Gray: Singer best known for 'The In Crowd'

There have been wonderful, anthemic records about the beneficial powers of popular music – Chuck Berry's "Rock And Roll Music" (1957), Cliff Richard's "Move It!" (1958), Danny and the Juniors' "Rock And Roll Is Here To Stay" (1958), the Showmen's "It Will Stand" (1961), John Miles' "Music" (1976), the Who's "Long Live Rock" (1974) – but there are not many of them. However, Dobie Gray is associated with two such celebrations – "The In Crowd" (1965) and "Drift Away" (1973):

It's 20 years since The Eagle, in Farringdon, changed tastes in pub food and became a worldwide trend

Suspect linked to Craigslist murders was already on bail

A Texas parolee now linked to a deadly Craigslist robbery scheme was in a jail in the state of Ohio and poised to stay there but was released after Texas officials said they only wanted him extradited if he were convicted on a drug charge, according to court records and a sheriff's office.

Edwards out of Valencia race

Colin Edwards will miss the final MotoGP race of the season in Valencia as he awaits surgery on a broken arm.

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War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Alexander McQueen: The catwalk was a stage for the designer's astonishing and troubling vision

Alexander McQueen's astonishing vision

Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

Philippa Perry interview

The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef recreates the exoticism of the Indonesian stir-fry

Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

Our chef was inspired by the south-east Asian cuisine he encountered as a teenager
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Harry Kane was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope

Harry Kane interview

The striker was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope
The Last Word: For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?

Michael Calvin's Last Word

For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?
HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?