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Kansas state sues Marotta for $6,000 in child support for four-year-old girl

Colorado officials replace '420' mile marker with 419.99 to deter marijuana-minded thieves

The number 420 has been long associated with cannabis use

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin was left to reflect on what could have been after his side missed out on the play-offs

NFL: It could have been so different for Pittsburgh had luck not played such a huge part

A round-up of the final week's NFL regular season action as the play-off berth's get locked down

Anchorman fired after 'Let's get the f*** out of here' comment made on air

Justin Kraemer made the mistake just after he finished presenting KSN News

Cows produce large amounts of methane as they digest their food and then belch out most of it through their mouths

US is pumping 50% more methane into atmosphere than government says, scientists warn

New figures effectively cancel out perceived benefits of switch from coal to natural gas

A Boeing 747 LCF Dreamlifter sits on the runway after accidentally landing at Jabara airport in Wichita, Kansas thinking it was landing at McConnell Air Force Base

Boeing 747 'Superlifter' jumbo jet got stuck after mistakenly landing at tiny Kansas airport

The plane took off without incident after an unscheduled 13 hour stop at the wrong airport

Marvin Rainwater: Rock’n’roller who led the US invasion of 1950s Britain

In April 1958 Marvin Rainwater was one of the first American rock’n’roll stars to tour the UK, and when he came on stage at the Liverpool Empire he wore his buckskins and beaded headband, admittedly with only one feather.

Album: Moreland & Arbuckle, Seven Cities (Telarc)

Coarse, rocking garage blues by three young white blokes with facial hair, recorded in Seattle, suitably enough.

Major Nidal Hasan shot dead 13 comrades at Fort Hood, Texas

The Food Hood killer will be the military execution for over 50 years - but who was the last?

A military jury as unanimously condemned Nidal Malik Hasan to death by legal injection for killing 13 people in a shooting spree at the Fort Hood military base in 2009. This sentence will make Hasan the first member of the US armed forces to be executed by the US military for over 50 years. But who was the last?

The beat goes on: Philip Glass and Patti Smith pay tribute to poet Allen Ginsberg

Edinburgh 2013: The Poet Speaks - Patti Smith and Philip Glass pay homage to Allen Ginsberg

“Allen, despite Allen, contained multitudes,” said the New York punk priestess Patti Smith of her late friend, the beat poet Allen Ginsberg. Cut to five words, it was possibly the most profound tribute Ginsberg received during this 90-minute joint homage from Smith and his friend and collaborator Philip Glass. Even when the music and poetry weren’t necessarily about him, Ginsberg’s presence hung in the room.

Album review: Glen Campbell, See You There (Surfdog)

Comprising smartened-up leftovers from what was supposed to Campbell's final album, 2011's Ghost on the Canvas, this collection of re-recorded hits and newer material lacks both that album's imaginative approach and its understated nobility. There's no significant depletion in his delivery of a wistful “Wichita Lineman”, but “Galveston” lacks the bottomless yearning of the original. The back-to-back sequencing of “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” and “There's No Me...Without You” works well. The best of the newer material is Jimmy Webb and John Denver's “Postcard from Paris”.

Galliford Try in £2.5bn flood deal

The construction group Galliford Try has grabbed a place on a £2.5bn flood defence contract that has suffered from flaws similar to the West Coast rail fiasco.

Campaign to reward homeless man who returned diamond engagement ring hits $175,000 - and that total is still rising with 72 days to go

Billy Ray Harris had a hunch Sarah Darling would return for her valuable ring, so decided to take care of it rather than pawn it

Chris Hughton wants a reaction from his players after the 5-0 loss to Liverpool

Norwich sign Sporting Kansas City striker Kei Kamara on loan

Striker joins on loan until May

Manning has been punished illegally, says military judge

A US military judge ruled tonight that Pte Bradley Manning, the soldier accused of stealing secret documents and giving them to WikiLeaks, suffered illegal pre-trial punishment and should have 112 days shaved from whatever sentence he might eventually receive.

Richard Hickock, left, and Perry Smith, the two men hanged for the murders of the Clutter family

'In Cold Blood' killers exhumed in bid to prove they murdered again

It’s hard to argue that the late Truman Capote’s most famous work, In Cold Blood, his non-fiction novel about the vicious 1959 murders of a farming family in Kansas by two drifters, Richard Hickock and Perry Smith, was not comprehensive. Yet, was it?

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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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The man who hunts giants

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The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
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