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Richard William McBride, poet and writer

Dick McBride: One of the last of the Beat poets

Dick McBride was a poet of the Beat Generation who acted as a literary bridge between the United States and Britain, bringing the writings and spirit of the Beats to this country. In books and in performances of his own works and those of fellow writers, he sought to broaden awareness of the poets who had made such an impact on American writing.

National Review Editors defend Richard Mourdock on abortion

When Bill Buckley, the late and legendary conservative writer, founded the National Review in 1955, he said he wanted it to "stand athwart History, yelling Stop!". His successors at the magazine have today published an editorial in which they defend Richard Mourdock, the Republican nominee from Indiana, said this week: “I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize that life is that gift from God. And, I think, even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.”

Mitt Romney and Richard Mourdock greet supporters at a campaign event in Indiana in August

Romney winces as another Republican Senate candidate shocks with rape comment

An "outrageous and demeaning" comment by a Republican Party candidate for the US Senate has again dragged the party into the mire over women's rights.

Jonnie Peacock

Paralympic profile: Jonnie Peacock, sprinting

In one respect at least, Jonnie Peacock, has yet to catch up with Oscar Pistorius. “No, I haven’t managed to have a chat with Oscar since then,” he says. “It’ll be interesting to see what he thinks about me now.”

Boatman who lost hand to alligator faces court action

A boat captain whose hand was bitten off by a 9ft alligator has been charged with unlawfully feeding the reptile.

Indian security tycoon takes a swipe at G4S

The Indian protection tycoon Richie Nanda has hit out at rival G4S over its disastrous handling of Olympic security, after increasing his stake in rival Shield Guarding Company from 51 to 100 per cent.

Market Report: US profit warning fallout hits Aggreko

Woe on Wall Street was causing sorrow in the Square Mile yesterday. In the wake of a number of profit warnings from the US, where the latest results season has just begun, Aggreko was one of the stocks to be hit on the read-across.

Alligator bites off swimming teen's arm in Florida

An alligator at least 10 feet (3 meters) long lunged at a teenager swimming in a river and bit off the boy's right arm below the elbow, state wildlife officials said yesterday.

Elinor Ostrom

Elinor Ostrom, who died on 12 June aged 78, was an Indiana University professor of political science who became the first woman to win a Nobel Prize in economics. Ostrom shared the 2009 Nobel Prize for economics with Oliver Williamson from the University of California, Berkeley. They were honoured for analysing the rules by which people exercise authority in companies and economic systems.

Sarah Malm: We are game for anything, but not being ripped off

The Olympics will be a spectacular show with people travelling from all over the world to see the best of the best compete. There is no arguing that point.

The record-breaking Rube Goldberg machine

Inventions: Heath Robinson, eat your heart out

A team of geeks has devoted 5,000 man hours over six months to building a van-sized contraption designed to do nothing more complicated than pop a single balloon. Because, well, why not?

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1. "Home-Thoughts, From Abroad", by Robert Browning.

A resident of Holton, Indiana, clears up

At least 37 dead as tornadoes batter American Midwest

Huge twister kills family but scoops up toddler and dumps her – alive – in a field near her home

28 killed as storms ravage US

Powerful storms stretching from the US Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes in the north wrecked two small towns and killed at least 28 people as the system tore roofs off schools and homes and damaged a maximum-security prison. It was the second deadly tornado outbreak this week.

Danielle Carruthers: 'When I walk down the street no one's going to say:

Danielle Carruthers: The speedway is very famous but no one knows who we are

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Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
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A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
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Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

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