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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.

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The most charismatic city in the US is back in business, delivering great food, architecture and music. Samantha Cook is your guide

Simon Carr: Hooray for David, free from victory and the delusions of power

Sketch: Forty-eight hours later he looked smarter, richer and more interesting than he ever has before

American Football: Saints show few signs of super hangover

The New Orleans Saints opened their Super Bowl title defence with a 14-9 victory over the Minnesota Vikings that epitomised head coach Sean Payton's "back to business" mantra.

The Last Exorcism (15)

Faux-documentary about a personable but fraudulent Southern preacher (Patrick Fabian) who makes a living from the "exorcisms" he performs for his gullible flock.

New rig explosion raises spectre of second Gulf of Mexico oil spill

A mile-long oil sheen has spread from an offshore petroleum platform burning in the Gulf of Mexico off Louisiana, west of the site of BP's massive spill.

Oil rig explodes off US Gulf coast

A mile-long oil sheen spread from an offshore oil platform burning in the Gulf of Mexico today.

BP's spill claims handed to independent assessor

The process of adjudicating damages claims against BP for the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster was officially transferred to an independent organisation yesterday – but anger along the Gulf Coast and legal uncertainty surrounding the compensation awards mean that BP will not quickly know the total bill it faces.

Ain't no city like New Orleans

Music is helping to revive the fortunes of this town five years after Hurricane Katrina. Richard Holledge reports

Voices from the Storm, Compiled by Lola Vollen and Chris Ying

Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana on 29 August 2005, devastating New Orleans. The Bush administration's woefully inadequate response and the chaos that ensued revealed a hidden America – one of poverty and injustice. Lola Vollen and Chris Ying report that when Katrina hit New Orleans, 67 per cent of its population were African-American and 22 per cent were living below the poverty line.

Hurricane Katrina: The storm that shamed America

It tarnished one president's tenure, left a million people homeless and exposed the racial disharmony at the heart of US society. Five years on from Hurricane Katrina, the brutal effects are still being felt, writes Rupert Cornwell

Alarm system on Gulf oil rig ‘had been switched off’

Early warning systems on the Deepwater Horizon rig had been switched off, a federal investigation has been told.

Katrina: The crime that shocked the world

On 4 September 2005, New Orleans police opened fire on desperate survivors of the hurricane. Two people were killed and others were injured. Now, five years later, and after a shameful cover-up, four men are finally about to stand trial

The mayor who vowed to end city's 'culture of death'

Three days after taking office in May, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced he was replacing the chief of the city's corrupt and widely distrusted police force. His intention, he said, was to "transform the culture of death on the streets of New Orleans into a celebration of life".

New cap 'could contain Gulf leak by Monday'

The BP oil leak could be completely contained as early as Monday if a new, tighter cap can be fitted over the blown-out well, the US government official in charge of the crisis said.

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