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

Long-lost wife stands to inherit pounds 12.5m fortune

AN APPEAL was made yesterday to an unknown Englishwoman and her two children to come forward and claim the pounds 12.5m fortune left by her late, long-lost husband.

American Times Wichita, Kansas: Kansas hurts as trouble brews on the Great Plains pain

THE HARVEY FAMILY has farmed wheat for four generations on more than 2,000 acres in western Kansas. But when Donald Harvey's youngest son left a good job in Texas to take over his father's farm two years ago, the elder Harvey admits he had mixed feelings.

Kansas schools ban Darwin

THE BOARD of Education in the state of Kansas has approved a science curriculum for all publicly funded schools that excludes any mention of evolution. This week's decision is the latest attempt by the Creationist movement, which stipulates a literal interpretation of the creation, to exclude Darwin's theory of evolution from school science teaching.

Arts: Ahead of the game

Abstraction in film is not new. Len Lye was a 1920s pioneer.

Liberty at war

PETER MERTS, a San Francisco-based amateur photographer, is on a seemingly endless quest. Since 1993 he has spent his every spare moment taking pictures of the Statue of Liberty: not only the original green giantess in New York, but also copies from all over the world - old or new, big or small, plastic and kitsch, solemn in bronze. "I've collected about 90," he says, "and I'm continually looking."

Oklahoma tornado death toll still rising

RESIDENTS OF some of the suburbs of Oklahoma City most severely damaged by Monday night's tornadoes were finally allowed back to their ruined homes yesterday as officials struggled to settle on a final death toll for the disaster.

Midwest tornadoes: Troops patrol devastated suburbs

Death toll stands at 44 as US army allows survivors to return to a rubble-strewn landscape

Monitor: All the News of the World: US comment on the tornadoes that devastated parts of the Mid-West

THERE WAS a sense that the storm was occurring right in front of a nationwide audience, and it undermined once again the persistent naive feeling, which is always being undermined, that what we can watch so closely we can somehow control. Those on the scene know in fact that the only way to control your fate when a tornado strikes is to break off watching and head for the storm cellar. From The Wizard of Oz to Monday afternoon, we have perpetuated the myth of a kind of visual coexistence with twisters. But to watch your own tornado is a little like watching your own funeral. The wonder about Monday's storm, given its path, is not that so many died but that so many did not.

Twister's trail of terror kills 45

DOZENS OF people were killed and thousands left homeless yesterday after a series of vast tornadoes swept across Oklahoma and Kansas.

Tornado Disaster: It came like a jet plane - nothing in science could halt it

DEREK SINNES stands by the empty space that was once occupied by his trailer home. Yesterday, all that remained were the cinder blocks that used to hold it off the ground. I ask him what became of his home of 21 years and he gestures helplessly to the tangled mess before him.

Tornado Disaster: Twister's trail of terror kills 43

DOZENS OF people were killed and thousands left homeless yesterday after a series of vast tornadoes swept across Oklahoma and Kansas.

Obituary: Charles `Buddy' Rogers

CHARLES "BUDDY" ROGERS will be remembered primarily because he succeeded Douglas Fairbanks as husband to Mary Pickford. But he had an impressive career in his own right.

Pizza Hut to create 3,500 jobs

PIZZA HUT, Britain's biggest chain of pizza restaurants, is to create 3,500 new jobs through a pounds 100m expansion programme that will see 100 more outlets open over the next two years.

Obituary: Del Close

DEL CLOSE was often said to be the man who changed the face of improvisational comedy. He influenced the careers of such performers as Bill Murray, Mike Myers, Chris Farley, Gilda Radner, Joan Rivers and John Belushi.

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