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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

US press hail victory for American multitude

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.

Palavicini tries to follow in famous hoof prints

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.

Repairs begin after Ike cuts up roughon course

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.

Tony Snow: Former White House spokesman

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.

Big Brown continues 30 years of pain in Triple Crown pursuit

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.

Big Brown has to rise above pedigree to claim Crown

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.

I'm within reach of victory, says Obama

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.

The mountain that lost its top

It's the one environmental crime that no US politician will confront – the destruction of Kentucky's mountains. Leonard Doyle visits the Appalachian peaks being blasted by Big Coal

Big Brown's Kentucky win marred by death of Eight Belles

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.

Execution by lethal injection under renewed scrutiny

Most US states that permit lethal-injection executions prevent veterinarians from using the same method to put animals down, according to a new study.

Bill Bolick: Half of the hillbilly Blue Sky Boys

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.

US Bible Belt begins clear-up after the worst tornadoes in 20 years

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.

US tornado strikes kill at least 45

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.

Leading article: Iraq is being ethnically cleansed, and our troops can do nothing

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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