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

The Pale King, By David Foster Wallace

In his last, unfinished novel, David Foster Wallace pays attention to the fine detail of everyday mental activity

Elliott appreciates the rewards of hard work

One businessman, at least, is bucking the recessionary trend in his beleaguered country. In the four years since he won the 2007 Grand National with the patched-up point-to-pointer Silver Birch, Gordon Elliott's training empire has expanded from 10 horses to 60, and patronage from some of the sport's shrewdest owners. Here yesterday he put the seal on his emerging talent with a double, courtesy of Chicago Grey in the opening National Hunt Challenge Cup and Carlito Brigante, who turned the normally competitive Coral Cup into a solo tour de force.

Emanuel in lead to be Chicago Mayor

Voters in Chicago were choosing a successor to longtime Mayor Richard Daley yesterday, with former White House chief-of-staff Rahm Emanuel leading the pack. It was the first time in two decades that Mr Daley was not listed on the ballot.

Album: Abigail Washburn, City of Refuge (Rounder)

Born in Illinois, educated in Minnesota, now living in Tennessee via time spent in Vermont and China, it should come as no surprise that Washburn sounds like no one else.

Emanuel back on the ballot in Chicago election

It looked tricky there for a while, but finally it seems that Rahm Emanuel, the former White House Chief of Staff, will be on the ballot papers when the citizens of Chicago go to the polls next month to choose a new mayor.

Court rules Emanuel out of Chicago mayoral race

He has already raised more than $10 million. Last week he stood on a stage in the city's cultural centre as the big dog – Bill Clinton – spoke to a capacity crowd to offer his all-important endorsement. He has even endured the first of several planned televised debates with his opponents for the job that he wants and thinks he deserves.

Chicago options exchange soars in US stock market debut

The last major unlisted bourse in North America went public yesterday when the Chicago Board Options Exchange, the biggest options trading venue in the US, began trading amid strong demand on Wall Street's Nasdaq index.

Obama too busy to serve on jury in Chicago

US president Barack Obama has skipped jury service after being summoned in Illinois, it emerged yesterday.

Album: William Fitzsimmons, The Sparrow and the Crow (Naim Edge)

Illinois-based Fitzsimmons'previous album was abouthis parents' divorce. Thisone is about his own. It isa late-night-by-candlelightsort of record that, if thephases of grief can looselybe split into shock, denial,anger and acceptance,wallows wonderfully inthat final stage. Comparisonsto Iron & Wine areinevitable, but what thepair share by way of beardand banjo, they part fromby way of broken heart."We'll love again/ Just noteach other," Fitzsimmonswhispers, making it cruelto put out that once againhis loss is the listener'sgain.

Giant ocean covered Mars, new map reveals

A single ocean once covered much of the northern half of Mars, supplied with water from a belt of rain-fed rivers, new research suggests.

John Rentoul: Blair in Chicago - still right, 10 years on

Tony Blair's speech in Chicago last night was an important defence of liberal interventionism, 10 years after his original Chicago speech* in the middle of the Kosovo conflict.

Illinois House votes to impeach governor

The Illinois House of Representatives today impeached Governor Rod Blagojevich, who is accused of abuse of power including an attempt to sell President-elect Barack Obama's former US Senate seat.

Senate bars access to Blagojevich appointee

The man named by the scandal-plagued governor of Illinois to replace President-elect Barack Obama in the US Senate failed to gain entry yesterday when the chamber's secretary rejected as incomplete his credentials for the seat.

Obama cleared of wrongdoing over disgraced governor

An internal report released by Barack Obama's transition team confirmed that the incoming White House Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, spoke with the disgraced Governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, and his top aide about the Senate seat being vacated by the President-elect but that there was nothing untoward in the conversations.

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A team from the University of Illinois medical school has found that the optimum tempo at which to perform CPR on someone who is undergoing a heart attack is 100 beats per minute.

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