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

Workforce and Co set to take Kentucky by storm

The management team at Churchill Downs were alarmed on Tuesday when a tornado warning was issued for the Louisville area. They did not like the idea of an 11th-hour repair job on the iconic twin spires, just 10 days before staging the Breeders' Cup. In the event, the epicentre passed to the north, and it might well be that the meteorologists had simply got their wires crossed with the local horsemen. For there is no mistaking the storm gathering over the Atlantic, with the three hottest favourites at the meeting – Workforce, Goldikova and Midday – all being flown across from Europe.

Lawsuit pest sued by officials

A prisoner who has filed more than 3,800 lawsuits and targeted the famous, the infamous and even the long-dead, is now himself being sued by US officials who want him to stop.

Treasury Devil can tempt Gosden back to Kentucky

In the end, even their three-year-olds have redeemed themselves, Arctic Cosmos winning the final Classic of the season at Doncaster last Saturday. There was a time, however, when John Gosden and William Buick were especially grateful that Dar Re Mi had relieved their new partnership of any early pressure, with that spectacular success at Meydan in March. Gosden soon perceived that they would have to wait for the two-year-olds for any momentum on the home front, and told his new stable jockey to show due patience during the summer. Sure enough, the Clarehaven juveniles are now in rampant form, and yesterday he sent out four of them to win at three tracks inside 80 minutes.

Man in gun rampage over breakfast row

A man facing eviction over his hostile temper became enraged by how his wife cooked his eggs and killed her, his stepdaughter and three neighbours with a shotgun before shooting himself.

Harvey Fuqua: Singer, songwriter and producer who played a significant role in the rise of black music in the 1950s and '60s

Although not well-known to the general public, Harvey Fuqua was a significant figure in the rise of black music in the 1950s and '60s.

Man admits writing Obama assassination poem

A Kentucky man admitted writing and posting on a white supremacist website a poem threatening the assassination of US president Barack Obama.

Lanigan backs green Meeznah to take root at the Curragh

It is the most fitting of races for those little acorns, sown by so many young trainers around the land, to take root. In recent seasons, the Oaks has announced the emerging talent of Andrew Balding, with Casual Look in 2003, and Ralph Beckett, with Look Here in 2008. Last Friday, admittedly, it required a second look to identify a parallel breakthrough for David Lanigan, in that his filly was run down by a neck close home. But nobody should mistake the significance of Meeznah's performance, on her first start outside maiden company.

Pletcher ends Derby drought after Borel deals with the deluge

When Calvin Borel won the 2007 Kentucky Derby on Street Sense, it seemed an unfeasible and gratifying climax to the long, low-key career of a journeyman jockey. On Saturday, however, he won the race for the third time in four years on Super Saver, an achievement unmatched by all the ace riders of the previous 136 years. Moreover, the 43-year-old at last satisfied the Derby craving of a man to whom breaking records has been routine throughout his own career.

Kentucky Derby wide open after favourite injured

if the Classic scene rumblings and tremors came at Longchamp yesterday, the full-scale eruption was on the other side of the Atlantic. Eskendereya, red-hot ante-post favourite for Saturday's Kentucky Derby after effortless wide-margin victories in his two races this year, was announced a non-runner during the morning by trainer Todd Pletcher. The colt, as short as 13-8 in some betting lists, has sustained an injury to his left foreleg and his enforced absence now throws America's most famous race wide open.

Equestrianism: Townend all set after long-haul trip

British eventer Oliver Townend is a relieved man and happy just to be in Kentucky for his assault on the Rolex Grand Slam.

Taking a gamble on the boy from Kentucky

Rajon Rondo is the unsung NBA champion who enjoyed a rapid, remarkable rise to slam-dunk superstar status

Coast to Coast, By Jan Morris

For those of us who love America but are dismayed by its imperial swagger, this is the perfect book. In 1953, Jan (then James) Morris spent a year travelling from New York to Los Angeles. The result is an outstanding work by our finest travel writer, a portrait of a nation that was still "bursting with bright optimism, generous, unpretentious... basking in its universal popularity".

Triplets: Three times the charm

She'd always longed for a baby. Then Cathy Koester gave birth to triplets. Now, she and her husband have swapped their carefree lifestyle for one of rigorous routines, military planning – and more fun than they'd ever thought possible

Kentucky beats Scotch whisky in world top 10

India joins global roll-call of best distillers as Bangalore spirit wins third place

Book Of A Lifetime: Domestic Manners of the Americans, By Fanny Trollope

Domestic Manners of the Americans is a traveller's account of the newborn republic between the War of Independence and the Civil War. An enchanting blend of topographical description, social commentary and robust rebuke, the book fizzes with the energy, fun and righteous indignation of a dumpy, middle-aged Bristolian called Fanny Trollope.

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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

Can't find a card you like on the high street? Try one of these sites for individual, personalised options, whatever your taste
Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

The Reds are desperately missing Luis Suarez, says Ian Herbert
Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’
Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness