At least 16 deaths were blamed on a snow storm that swept across the eastern half of the US as North Dakota experiences -35C
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Monday 22 September 2008
The American press were glowing in their praise of Paul Azinger and his USA team after the 16 1/2 to 11 1/2 victory that sent the Ryder Cup back across the Atlantic.
Friday 19 September 2008
Perhaps it is something to do with those cases of claret waiting on the podium at Newbury today. The sponsors, after all, are a firm of wine merchants. For one reason or another, anyhow, over the years trainers have carved a special frieze for the Haynes, Hanson and Clark Stakes in the pantheon of Flat racing.
Tuesday 16 September 2008
A clean-up operation was under way at the Ryder Cup venue yesterday after the remnants of Hurricane Ike ripped through Louisville. Kentucky's governor, Steve Beshear, declared a state of emergency when winds gusting up to 90mph on Sunday afternoon caused two deaths – one a 10-year-old boy mowing the lawn at home when a tree hit him – and left hundreds of thousands without power, possibly for more than a week.
Tuesday 15 July 2008
Tony Snow was the former broadcaster and Fox News journalist who as White House press secretary brought badly needed showmanship to the job of selling President George W. Bush.
Monday 09 June 2008
America expected an imperious, rampant champion, a lap of honour, a first Triple Crown winner in three decades. Instead the abiding image was of Rick Dutrow, slumped alone over a rail in a hidden corner of Belmont Park, the very picture of dejection. All that could be seen of the trainer was his broad, sagging back, his light blue shirt blackened with sweat. His world had come apart, and even American cameras would pry no closer.
Saturday 07 June 2008
Big Brown, who has scarcely come off the bridle on the march to greatness, is the white hot favourite to answer a nation's yearning in the Belmont Stakes tonight.
Wednesday 21 May 2008
Barack Obama stepped to the brink of victory in the Democratic presidential race today, defeating Hillary Clinton in the Oregon primary and moving within 100 delegates of the total needed to claim the prize at the party convention this summer.
Tuesday 20 May 2008
Monday 05 May 2008
The high toll that American dirt tracks take on equine performers was again called into question after the death of Eight Belles, runner-up to Big Brown in Saturday's Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. The filly finished second to the favourite but stumbled to the track after the winning line, having broken her front ankles.
Friday 25 April 2008
Sunday 06 April 2008
Most US states that permit lethal-injection executions prevent veterinarians from using the same method to put animals down, according to a new study.
Thursday 27 March 2008
Bill and Earl Bolick, known as the Blue Sky Boys, were among the greatest of the many brother acts of the hillbilly music scene of the 1930s. Their astonishingly beautiful and complex harmonies remain great treasures of the genre.
Friday 08 February 2008
Dazed survivors of the worst tornadoes to hit the American Bible Belt in more than two decades surveyed the wreckage of their flattened homes yesterday, as state and federal clean-up crews herded them into temporary shelters and started to tackle downed power lines, severed gas pipes, fallen trees and debris as far as the eye could see.
Wednesday 06 February 2008
Tornados and thunderstorms ravaged the US South overnight, killing at least 45 people and injuring more than 150 as it caused destruction across several states, authorities said.
Saturday 20 May 2006
The worst and most frightening things take place in secret. There is a sinister logic to this, because when violence reaches a certain level of sadistic intensity and terrifying unpredictability, television cameras tend not to be present.
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