News The major storm has left up to eight inches of snow on pavements in New York

At least 16 deaths were blamed on a snow storm that swept across the eastern half of the US as North Dakota experiences -35C

Truck driver sues doctor over penis amputation

An American man is suing his doctor after waking up from an operation that he had expected to be a simple circumcision to discover that part of his penis had been amputated.

Collar 'bomb' ordeal victim hails arrest

An Australian teenager who spent 10 hours with a fake bomb chained to her neck said today that she is relieved the FBI has arrested a man accused of breaking into her home and tethering the device to her as part of an elaborate extortion plot.

Sydney collar-bomb suspect is arrested by Kentucky Swat team

Police are investigating business links between Mr Peters and the firm where Ms Pulver's father is chief executive

Fake collar-bomb suspect faces extradition from US

A man is due in court in the US to face extradition proceedings in connection with a fake bomb alert.

Warning over drug-resistant salmonella superbug

A potentially deadly drug-resistant form of salmonella is spreading across the world and has already infected hundreds of people in Britain, scientists have warned.

Album: My Morning Jacket, Circuital (V2)

The sixth album by these Kentucky alt-country types sees them risk destroying forever the aura of existential gravitas they've accrued with the previous five.

New treatment sees paraplegic stand



A hit-and-run victim who was completely paralysed from the waist down has stood up on his own and taken faltering steps on a treadmill after pioneering treatment.

Video: Mississippi flood devastation

The bulging Mississippi River has rolled into the fertile Mississippi Delta, threatening to destroy cotton, rice and corn fields.

Album: Cage The Elephant, Thank You Happy Birthday (Relentless)

The Kentucky combo Cage the Elephant manage to find a new wrinkle on the face of US indie-punk, thanks to an enthusiasm for yoking catchy melodies to abrasive guitar riffs that recalls the Pixies.

Muhammad Ali plea to Iran for release of hikers

The former world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali has asked Iran to release two American hikers held since 2009 on charges of spying.

Leading article: Clumsy decentralisation gives succour to the BBC's enemies

For a major corporate move that is supposed to take place before the end of this year, the transfer of 2,500 BBC staff from London to the new media centre at Salford Quays seems to be causing as many problems as it was designed to solve.

Civil War message found in a bottle

A glass vial stopped with a cork during the Civil War has been opened, revealing a coded message to the desperate Confederate commander in Vicksburg on the day the Mississippi city fell to Union forces 147 years ago.

The fearless woman who's lucky to be alive

A woman who knows no fear because of damage to a key emotion centre in her brain is lucky to be alive, scientists said today.

Kentucky creates a theme park of biblical proportions

And it will come to pass that on the third day of the fifth month of 2014, a mighty ark will appear on a hill not far from Interstate 75 so that the people of north-east Kentucky will not perish in a great storm and will reap great rewards of money and prosperity as the tourists there will multiply and buy many dolls in the likeness of Noah.

Hughes could miss Kentucky for tilt at title

Richard Hughes, five behind Paul Hanagan in the battle for this year's jockeys' crown, has raised the intriguing possibility that he could give up the lucrative pickings of the weekend's Breeders Cup meeting in Kentucky in favour of the professional satisfaction of a first title. The Flat championship season ends at Doncaster on Saturday, when Hughes is scheduled to partner Paco Boy against the hot favourite Goldikova in the £1.1m Mile at Churchill Downs.

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