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

Last night's viewing - Sex, Death and the Meaning of Life, More4

Richard Chell, dying of motor neurone disease, thinks that not believing in life after death is like only having "half a meal", it leaves the human appetite dissatisfied. Richard Dawkins, dying of life in general (like all of us), thinks that appetite doesn't have anything to do with it: "The existence of hunger doesn't mean there's food," he countered last night in Sex, Death and the Meaning of Life.

Observations: A unlikely quest across the US West

I still get a kick out of the look on people's faces when I tell them about my book Follow The Money.

US Central and Southern Plains pounded by tornadoes

A spate of tornadoes tore through parts of Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa yesterday, churning through Wichita and other areas while causing property damage but no immediate reports of deaths or widespread injuries.

Three winning tickets will share the $656 million prize

Win the lottery? More chance of being struck by lightning

A Kansas man has revealed that hours after buying three tickets in last week's Mega Millions lottery frenzy that swept America, he was hit by lightning, proving the adage about how hopelessly small the chances are of winning.

Three split world record $656m lottery jackpot win

America was a nation plunged into disappointment yesterday as all but three citizens realised their raids on the penny jar to buy tickets in a lottery with a jackpot of $656m (£409m) had come to nought.

Soldier in Afghan rampage faces 17 murder charges

The American soldier accused of massacring Afghan villagers is to be charged with 17 counts of murder, it emerged last night.

One survey gives Newt Gingrich a one point advantage over Mitt Romney in the Mississippi primary

Gingrich on the brink, with Romney poised to pull away in Deep South

In one of the closest fought Republican primaries to date, the polls can't split the main candidates

Santorum wins Kansas as Gingrich struggles to stay on

Rick Santorum has overwhelmingly won the Kansas Republican presidential caucuses, hoping to blunt front-runner Mitt Romney's momentum in the grinding campaign for the nomination to oppose US President Barack Obama in the November election.

Santorum makes up more ground on Romney

Rick Santorum overwhelmingly won the Kansas presidential caucuses, hoping to blunt front-runner Mitt Romney's momentum in the grinding campaign for the nomination to oppose President Barack Obama in the November election.

Leading article: Not an altogether Super Tuesday for Mitt Romney

Super Tuesday could certainly have gone worse for Mitt Romney, front-runner in the race to become the Republicans' presidential candidate. The former Massachusetts Governor did, after all, scoop six of the 10 available states, albeit winning by just a single percentage point in that all-important bellwether, Ohio.

Dwight Eisenhower, left, and, from left to right, Ron Paul, Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich

Rupert Cornwell: Why Republicans need another Ike to lead them

Out of America: Swearing eternal fealty to Reagan, presidential candidates try to outdo each other in an insane stampede to the right – leaving Obama delighted

The planned Eisenhower memorial

Gehry's plan for memorial to Eisenhower upsets family

Like any great military and political leader, Dwight Eisenhower had every right to expect that his likeness would one day be immortalised in bronze or marble and installed prominently in his nation's capital. But that was before Frank Gehry came along.

President Obama during his speech yesterday

Obama targets rich to kick-start 2012 campaign

Speech compared favourably to one that Teddy Roosevelt delivered in same town

Scooter finds a different gear for Flat Out Classic challenge

Veteran trainer Dickey pits horse of a lifetime against the big stables for richest prize in US racing

David Prosser: Bankers' bonuses are still rewarding short-termism

Outlook Pirc, the corporate governance group, is unimpressed by the news that Royal Bank of Scotland staff sold hundreds of millions of pounds' worth of shares on Monday, on the first day they were allowed to do so since being awarded the stock for their performance during 2009.

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