Wellwishers turn out as Giffords leaves hospital

An ambulance carried Gabrielle Giffords along a route lined with well-wishers holding flags yesterday, taking the congresswoman to a plane that will fly her to a Houston rehabilitation hospital and her next step in recovery.

Hope for Carty as court debates death penalty

The latest skirmish in America's ongoing debate over capital punishment will take place in a court in Houston this morning, where lawyers for an accused murderer called John Edward Green will argue that the system has become so unreliable as to be an affront to natural justice.

Why the Republicans' hammer got nailed

Tom DeLay was George Bush's voice in Congress. Now he is facing life in prison. David Usborne charts a spectacular fall

It gets better: How Joel Burns' speech electrified America

A US campaign to support bullied gay teenagers is endorsed by many VIPs. But nothing has had the resonance of this heartbreaking speech from Texan councillor Joel Burns, introduced by David Usborne

After five-year wait, DeLay finally gets his day in court

The former Republican congressional leader Tom DeLay, one of the most polarising politicians during the George W Bush administration, is getting his day in court, five years after being charged with illegally funnelling corporate money to help elect Republicans to the Texas legislature.

Mum's the word as Holden aims to cruise past United

For Moira Holden, watching her son play either involves a nine-hour flight from Houston, which she took to see Bolton Wanderers face Arsenal a fortnight ago, or getting up in the small hours and turning on the television. Stuart Holden has described his mother as one of his sternest critics – certainly they discuss every one of his performances – and today's against Manchester United will be of special interest.

American Football: Foster plays the lead role to stun Indianapolis

Austin Collie of the Indianapolis Colts is tackled during the Houston Texans' surprise 34-24 victory over the perennial AFC South champions yesterday. It was the Texans first win over their arch enemy in seven tries and came despite Peyton Manning's 433 yards passing.

BP 'ignored concerns about oil well'

BP ignored the concerns of its contractor over the cementing of the Deepwater Horizon well shortly before it ruptured, a US hearing was told.

BP fined £32.5m over oil refinery blast

Beleaguered oil giant BP agreed to pay a record £32.5 million fine for safety failings at its Texas City oil refinery after a 2005 explosion which killed 15 workers.

American football: Mike Singletary - 'Deep down every young man wants to be great'

American football legend Mike Singletary, a Hall Of Fame linebacker who now coaches the San Francisco 49ers, tells Chris McGrath in an exclusive interview that evangelism goes far beyond the pitch

Attorney General hints BP's partners may face criminal investigation

Transocean, the Swiss owner of the doomed Gulf of Mexico rig, faces the wrath of Americans as the cost of oil catastrophe reaches $3bn

BP oil spill hitting all gulf states

Tar balls found on a Texas beach were confirmed as the first evidence that gushing crude oil from the Deepwater Horizon well had reached all the Gulf states.

Jimmy Dean: Singer and actor best known for the Sixties hit 'Big Bad John'

One of the most distinctive and imitated hit songs of the 1960s was Jimmy Dean's country-music narration, "Big Bad John". Its protagonist in this well-written song was a bar-room brawler who gave his life to save others and the phrase "Big John, big bad John" has passed into the language.

Tony Hayward: Right in the thick of it

Corporate crises don't come much worse than that facing BP after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, and it's put the energy giant's low-profile chief executive exactly where he doesn't want to be. Can he survive?

BP brings in Red Adair's successor to stop oil leak

After failing with a succession of mechanical solutions, company turns to man who learnt from the best
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Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
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New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

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Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
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The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
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Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
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Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

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Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

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Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

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