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

Russell keeps faith with its favourite son

KANSAS DAYS

He's lost the plot again

Never one for telling it straight, Robert Altman's new movie is an exercise in 'spherical' film-making. Daniel Jeffreys interviews the maverick of US cinema.

Kansas mourns its lost treasure

Nancy Kassebaum

Thorn EMI buys US rental outlets

DAVID HELLIER

Homing device

Welcome to the safe, quiet home of Ed and Dianna Peyden of Dover, Kansas. Excuse the floor, carpeting the hall would be prohibitive. Don't look at the sky, there isn't any. But then there aren't any missiles here either, not since the mid-Sixties. It was a silo until the Atlases and Titans were overtaken by technology. Now it's Casa Peyden. It cost $40,000 in 1984 - reduced from $4m in 1959. During the Cuban missile crisis of 1962, there were rockets here standing ready with nuclear tips (above); now it's more likely to be Dianna with guacamole. The Peydens have made it so comfy, they've taken out options on several more. Photographs by Najlah Feanny

TRAVEL; The brand-new cowgirls

On a women-only ranch in Kansas, Sue Nelson finds herding cattle surprisingly easy

Obituaries: John Cameron Swayze

John Cameron Swayze was a pioneer of television newscasting in the United States.

Glamorgan's true grit

reports from Cardiff

STATES OF INDEPENDENCE

Paul Simon was right: there is no such place as America. But the greatest wealth of the world's richest nation is its sheer diversity. Every corner of this huge country conceals a bewildering variety of experiences. You could travel the United States by popular song, from Bangor Maine to San Diego by way of Chattanooga (and all stations to Wichita), and still fail to find a place you can safely label as America.

FBI doubts 'John Doe 2' role in bombing

Washington - Investigators in the Oklahoma City bombing believe they finally have found the widely sought suspect known as John Doe No 2, but doubt he had any role in the attack, FBI officials said yesterday. After an intensive, two-month manhunt, they said the man appears to be Todd Bunting, a 23-year-old soldier who happened to be at a Kansas truck rental firm around the same time as Timothy McVeigh. Mr McVeigh is the chief suspect in the 19 April bombing of the federal building in which 167 people died.

Clinton's nominee is hostage to abortion row

Dr Henry Foster, President Clinton's controversial nominee for US Surgeon- General, yesterday put up a strong performance as Senate Committee hearings began yesterday, but his ultimate confirmation is still hostage to the merciless politics of abortion and the Republican presidential campaign.

Have a nasty time in the hot tub with Sam and Jackie

I arrived in my Boston hotel last week and turned on the television for some diversion while I unpacked. Channel 1's offering was appalling enough to engage me immediately. A preview of the films available on the fee-paying channel, it lasts about 15 minutes and runs all day, every day. Its two presenters are Jackie and Sam - blonde sisters wearing black minis with low fronts, who laugh, gurgle, twinkle and occasionally gyrate suggestively at their viewers as they vivaciously perform their synchronised script. Here are a few examples.

Obituary: Franklin Murphy

Franklin David Murphy, physician, publisher, university administrator: born Kansas City 29 January 1916; Dean, Medical School, University of Kansas 1948-51, Chancellor 1951-60; Chancellor, University of California, Los Angeles 1960-68; Chairman and Chief Executive, Times Mirror, Los Angeles 1968-80; married 1940 Judith Harris (one son, three daughters); died Los Angeles 16 June 1994.

Plain folk get Clinton squirming

'HAVE Hillary Invest My dollars 1,000,' said an unkind banner held by a protester in Topeka, Kansas this week as President Bill Clinton arrived to hold a town-hall meeting with people from the heartland of America.

Captain Moonlight: Einstein's brain

THE unfairness of it. Kevin Hull, producer of Friday's BBC Arena programme, 'Einstein's Brain' thought his finest hour had come when he tracked down a Kansas plastics worker, Thomas Harvey, who was keeping the dead genius's brain pickled in three jars in his kitchen cupboard. As the cameras rolled, Harvey took out a knife and a bread board and obligingly cut off a couple of slices for the BBC to take away. 'It was the kind of moment every documentary maker dreams of,' says Hull. 'What I didn't realise was that the programme would be screened on April Fools' Day. It was absolutely genuine - but now everyone just thinks its a spoof.'
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