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It's not just that the National Geographic documentary series Scam City is a pointless programme, it's that it's also a uniquely irritating one. Whereas most consumer watchdogs investigate scams at the instigation of aggrieved parties, in Scam City presenter Conor Woodman, travels the world looking for trouble and – what's more pitiful – often fails to find it.

Russell Wilson will be hoping to guide the Seattle Seahawks to victory over the New Orleans Saints

NFL Divisional Playoff: New Orleans Saints v Seattle Seahawks match preview

A look ahead to this weekend’s Divisional Playoff match at CenturyLink Field in Seattle

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) dives for a touchdown

American Football: Colts come back from dead to beat Kansas City

Indianapolis pulled off the second biggest comeback in NFL play-off history to stun Kansas City, while New Orleans beat Philadelphia on the last play of the game as the first wild-card games provided a thrilling start to the post-season.

Flair's 'Dust My Rhythm & Blues'

Dust My Rhythm & Blues, album review: 'Lyrics that will have you crying into your beer'

Flair's remastered original is brash, beguiling and best played loud

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TV Review: American Horror Story: Coven, Fox

American Horror Story: Coven broadcast its second episode on Fox last night. Each series of the anthology show tells a different complete horror story, but with a returning repertory cast. It's always stuffed with great roles for women, particularly Jessica Lange, who won an Emmy for the show last year. This series is a Southern Gothic set in and around Miss Robichaux's Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies in New Orleans, and the cast seems to be having more fun than ever.

BP disaster probe hears that 4.2m barrels of oil were spilled

The question of how much oil spewed out of BP’s Macondo well during the Gulf of Mexico spill in 2010 was centre stage at the hearing into the disaster yesterday, with a US government lawyer claiming that at least 4.2m barrels escaped.

Gulf coast on hurricane alert as US braces for tropical storm Karen

Landfall is expected late Saturday or early Sunday morning

Herman Wallace pictured in 2008

Former Black Panther Herman Wallace dies days after judge overturns murder conviction that saw him serve 41 years in solitary confinement

A former Black Panther who served 41 years in solitary confinement has died days after a US federal judge overturned his conviction for the murder of a prison guard.

Herman Wallace

Black Panther has conviction overturned - but only after 41 years in solitary confinement

Terminally ill ‘Angola 3’ inmate Herman Wallace claims he was framed for murder

Herman Wallace

'Justice gone wrong': Terminally ill ex-Black Panther has murder conviction overturned after spending nearly 40 years in solitary confinement

Herman Wallace has just weeks to live after being diagnosed with liver cancer

Judge orders new trial for five former New Orleans police officers convicted of bridge shooting after Hurricane Katrina

A judge has ordered a new trial for five former New Orleans police officers convicted of civil rights violations related to deadly shootings on a bridge after Hurricane Katrina.

‘Brain-eating’ amoeba found in US drinking water supply for first time

Deadly parasite that led to death of four-year-old came from mains tap in residential area of St Bernard Parish, Louisiana

A SWAT vehicle outside the Tensas State Bank in St. Joseph as investigators work throughout the early morning hours

11-hour bank stand-off in Louisiana leaves two hostages shot and killer dead

Suspect ‘believed a device had been implanted in his brain’ according to police

Paperback review: The Cutting Season, By Attica Locke

Belle Vie is a historic sugar cane planter’s house in the state of Louisiana, open for tourists, school visits and wedding receptions; the estate manager, Caren, is the great-granddaughter of slaves who worked on the plantation.

Album review: Harry Connick, Jr, Every Man Should Know (Sony Music)

There's something effortless about Harry Connick Jr's songwriting on Every Man Should Know, which may be a side-effect of having emulated Frank Sinatra for so long: one suspects that he even has a smoke and a Scotch to hand as he's penning the slinky jazz groove “One Fine Thing” or “Being Alone”, the track on which his Sinatra phrasing pays off best, aided by Wynton Marsalis's trumpet.

A large explosion and fire tore through a chemical plant in the US state of Louisiana today reportedly leaving at least 30 injured

Blast at Louisiana chemical plant leaves 'at least 30' injured

A large ball of flame and thick column of smoke could be seen coming from the plant

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