Wildfire strikes Texas holiday site

A wildfire in a popular Texas holiday spot has destroyed 39 homes, sweeping through the Possum Kingdom Lake area on Tuesday and Wednesday and scorching about 6,200 acres.

Matinée-idol Texan powerhouse enters race for the Republican nomination

Born-again Christians flock to the cause of Governor Rick Perry, as Tea Party favourite Michele Bachmann wins Iowa straw poll

Another Texan Republican president? Perry ready for White House bid

After months of hinting and winking, the right-wing Governor of Texas, Rick Perry, appears set to make clear this Saturday his intention to seek the Republican presidential nomination next year and create instant tumult in the race, not least because of its devil-may-care timing.

Caleb Followill urged to seek help

Caleb Followill's bandmates have reportedly urged the Kings of Leon frontman to check into rehab.

Kings of Leon cancel entire US tour

Kings of Leon have cancelled their entire US tour.

Mexican troops make Texas incursion



Almost three dozen uniformed Mexican soldiers in four military vehicles crossed the Rio Grande into South Texas near McAllen without authorisation.

Gunman kills five at US birthday party

A man attending a birthday party at a roller-skating rink opened fire after an apparent spat between family members, killing five people and wounding at least three others before shooting himself.

White supremacist executed for 9/11 revenge spree despite plea from victim

Despite a dramatic legal effort by one of his victims to prevent the execution, a white supremacist was put to death early yesterday for killing an Asian shopkeeper. Mark Stroman, 41, had gone on a shooting spree that he claimed was in retaliation for the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001.

'9/11 revenge' killer executed in Texas

A Texas man was executed early today for killing a convenience store clerk during a shooting spree he said was retaliation for the September 11 2001 terrorist attacks.

Texas Governor hints he may answer call to lead Republicans

Rick Perry, the arch-conservative Governor of Texas, has given the clearest indication yet that he will run for President in 2012, a move that would reshape the fluid and uncertain race for the Republican nomination.

Even the babies are bigger in Texas

A Texas mother is waiting to find out if her hefty baby boy will make the record books as one of the biggest newborns in the state's history. JaMichael Brown was born on Friday in an east Texas hospital weighing a whopping 16lbs 1oz.

'I never hated Mark. My religion teaches that forgiveness is always better than vengeance'

Rais Bhuiyan is campaigning for clemency for the man who shot him at point-blank range in a drug-fuelled, post-9/11 hate crime in Texas. Jerome Taylor reports on his extraordinary magnanimity

Texas: No bodies found after 'psychic' tip

Police who raided a farm in Texas where a woman claiming to be a psychic said many bodies were buried found no evidence of even a single killing.

Basketball: Bosh raises Heat into contention

Miami Heat recovered from their Game Two meltdown in the NBA Finals to beat Dallas 88-86 on Sunday and take a 2-1 lead over the Mavericks in the best-of-seven series.

Explosions in the Sky, Roundhouse, London

For most bands, the microphone is the focal point of a show, the vessel through which lyrics can be sung and thanks given. For the Texan band Explosions in the Sky, however, it is little more than a distraction. Used for a brief hello and goodbye, the mic stands on one side while the four-piece tear through a set filled with emotions and ideas for which words seem insufficient.

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Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

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The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
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With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

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Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

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