Arts and Entertainment Sherlock Holmes portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch in the BBC series

A long-running legal battle in the United States could change the way Sherlock Holmes and other characters are portrayed in future books and films

Romney wins Puerto Rico primary

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney swept to a big win in his party's primary in Puerto Rico yesterday, bolstering his position as front-runner in the race to determine who will face Democratic President Barack Obama in the November 6 election.

Blagojevich was convicted last year on 18 counts, including charges that he tried to sell or trade President Barack Obama's old US Senate seat for the state of Illinois

Rod Blagojevich drives off to 14 years in prison

Rod Blagojevich, the former Governor of Illinois, began a 14-year jail term in Colorado yesterday. The one-time golden boy of Democratic Party politics in Illinois was found guilty of corruption. His immediate predecessor, George Ryan, was jailed for the same reason.

Romney prepares for the vital primary he can't afford to lose

After a round of fundraising in New York, Mitt Romney was yesterday pouring money into television advertising in Illinois, whose primary on Tuesday he cannot afford to lose as he struggles to fend off Rick Santorum, his main conservative rival for the Republican presidential nomination.

Rupert Cornwell: Romney's fate may rest on Illinois result

In this gruelling Republican primary season, many a battle has been termed make or break, only for hostilities to resume the day after with the balance of forces virtually unchanged. But next Tuesday's contest in Illinois could be the exception.

Tanning’s 1943 painting ‘Eine Kleine Nachtmusik'

Dorothea Tanning: Painter, sculptor and poet whose work crossed artistic boundaries

Dorothea Tanning was the last of a group of women – including Leonora Carrington, Leonor Fini and Frida Kahlo – who were active in surrealism during the mid-20th century. Tanning herself eschewed the labels of "woman artist" and "surrealist" labels and her work has defied the boundaries of gender and artistic movements.

Philip Hensher: Why didn't they steal those halfwits at St Pancras?

You can value the bronze in a Hepworth, but how are you going to price up the holes, the gap, the shining aura?
Rod Blagojevich, centre, fights his way through the media scrum as he leaves the federal court in Chicago

Blowout in the Windy City

The jailing of Rod Blagojevich marks a new low point in Chicago's murky political history

Rod Blagojevich, centre, fights his way through the media scrum as he leaves the federal court in Chicago

Just another Chicago tale of graft and extortion

Maybe that devout Catholic, Richard M Daley, had a point, apropos of the corruption for which his home town and state are legendary. "Look at our Lord's disciples," Chicago's former mayor, who attended Mass daily, once declared. "One denied Him, one doubted Him and one betrayed Him. If our Lord couldn't have perfection, how are you going to have it in city government?"

Barack Obama: 44th President (2009-present)

The strain shows through, but a stint in the White House may be the key to a longer life

Judging by their before and after photographs, US presidents appear to age before our eyes, adding wrinkles and grey hair with each year in office. But their time in the White House does not appear to shorten their lives, and most live longer than their peers, a new study has found.

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Ruth Stone: Poet who chronicled love and loss

Ruth Stone, who has died aged 96, was an award-winning poet whose life spanned the 20th and 21st centuries. During her lifetime she was compared by her contemporaries to Sappho, Dante, Christine de Pizan, Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Kate Chopin and Anna Akhmatova. She bequeaths a literary legacy to be reckoned with for the remainder of this century.

Rathmann after his historic win in the 1960 Indianapolis 500

Jim Rathmann: Racing driver who won the 1960 Indianapolis 500

Jim Rathmann, who died on 23 November aged 83, was a racing driver whose win in the 1960 Indianapolis 500 made him a star. A regular on the IndyCar circuit from 1949-63, he had had to settle for second at Indianapolis in 1952, 1957 and 1959. Then, in 1960, he finally broke through in what was probably the greatest two-man battle in the history of one of motor racing's biggest events.

F16s scrambled to intercept 75-year-old in kit plane

Myrtle Rose, a plucky 75-year-old, was no match for the two US Air Force F16 jet fighters when they intercepted her in the skies over Chicago last week and dipped their wings in a signal that she had better turn around and head back to wherever she had come from.

Organ donation via DVLA

Anyone applying for a driving licence online will have to answer questions about organ donation, in the Government's latest bid to boost numbers on the organ donor register.

Man is charged with girl's murder... after 54 years

A US man has been charged with the long-unsolved murder of a seven-year-old girl who was abducted in 1957.

Flying Fortress crashes in field outside Chicago

A Second World War bomber made an emergency landing in a cornfield outside Chicago on Monday, with all seven people on board escaping before it was destroyed by fire. The accident happened just after the B-17 Flying Fortress took off from the Aurora Municipal Airport.

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