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Air Force probe expands to UK air base and five more in America

US Supreme Court deals blow to tough Arizona immigration law

Partial victory for Hispanic lobby as judges begin week that will culminate in vital decision on healthcare law

Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth announce their engagement

It turns out "The Last Song" was only the beginning for Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth.

Greg Mortenson used CAI funds to pay for luxury hotels and family holidays, the report claims

Mountaineer used charity's money to fund lavish lifestyle

Greg Mortenson, the mountaineer, philanthropist and author of the bestselling Three Cups of Tea has been ordered to repay $1m (£630,000) to the charity he founded after misusing its funds to pay for personal holidays and buy copies of his own books.

China Anne McClain, aged 13, star of Disney's A.N.T. Farm, was spotted at age eight

Meet the mini-mice: What does it take to make a Miley Cyrus?

Britney and Justin started there – and so did Ryan Gosling. Glittering careers begin in the Disney tween machine. So how does the House of Mouse keep cranking out the pre-teen talent?

The Brave, By Nicholas Evans

Throughout his writing career, Evans has survived life-changing dramas as catastrophic as those faced by his characters. While completing his bestseller, The Horse Whisperer he learnt he was suffering from skin cancer; his latest book was delayed when he and his family became critically ill after consuming a basketful of poisonous mushrooms.

Rewriting Wild West history – did Butch Cassidy survive shootout?

Butch Cassidy, the Wild West bandit and leader of the Wild Bunch gang, did not die in a shootout 1908 in Bolivia as popularly believed but survived and lived the rest of his days in Washington state, according to a book collector and a writer.

Pipeline leak turns Yellowstone black

An oil pipeline running under the Yellowstone River has ruptured and leaked hundreds of barrels of oil into the waterway and caused a 25-mile plume, fouling the riverbank.

£2.1bn is record payout for American Indians

A Federal judge has approved a $3.4 billion (£2.1 billion) payout to American Indians in a case that represents the largest legal settlement ever agreed by the US government.

Huguette Clark: Heiress to a 'robber baron' fortune who spent 80 years in gilded isolation

She was heiress to one of America's greatest "robber baron" fortunes of the 19th century. She spent most of the 20th century as a recluse, the owner of lavish estates in Connecticut and California where she did not set foot in 50 years, and died early in the 21st century in an unassuming room in a Manhattan hospital where she had lived under a false name, shrouded in mystery and solitude. Whether Huguette Clark was happy or sad in her strange existence may never be known. But with her has vanished one of the very last remaining links with the New York of the Gilded Age, populated by Fricks and Guggenheims, Astors, Rockefellers and Vanderbilts – and the Clarks.

Wolves back in hunters' sights after US government removes their protection

Permits for wolf hunts are selling briskly in the US state of Idaho, after most wolves in the Northern Rockies were officially struck from the endangered species list in an unprecedented removal of protection by Congress.

Sweetgrass: In search of the last surviving cowboys

The cowboy may be alive and well on our cinema screens, but in the American West they're part of a dying way of life, one that's paid tribute to in a new documentary by the film-makers Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Ilisa Barbash.

'Three Cups' charity to be investigated

The attorney general in Montana has started an inquiry into the charity run by Three Cups of Tea co-author Greg Mortenson after reports suggested Mr Mortenson benefited from money donated to build schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

World's oldest man celebrates 114th birthday

The world's oldest man has celebrated his 114th birthday with a traditional Japanese meal.

World's oldest man dies at 114

Walter Breuning, the world's oldest man and second-oldest person, has died at 114.

US store offers free gun with satellite dish

A US store is offering would-be satellite television customers a free gun.

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