News According to reports, federal prosecutors will seek the death penalty against Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

The twin blasts killed three people and wounded more than 260 others at the end of the city's marathon in April 2013

Hard rock: Most of the Grand Canyon, along with many other US attractions, is currently closed

Simon Calder: The land of the free, now disfigured by barricades

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Video: Self-assembling robots cubes jump and snap together

Palm-sized cubes use flywheels and magnets to snap together with future applications including emergency repairs and configurable furniture

‘The Gossips’ cover illustration for the Saturday Evening Post, 6 March, 1948 – estimated sale value $6-$9m

Farewell Rockwells: Seven works by Norman Rockwell will go under the hammer at Sotheby's in December

Gems from the canon of Norman Rockwell, whose depictions of post-war America still conjure nostalgia for a seemingly simpler, more optimistic time, are bound for the auction block at Sotheby’s in New York. The collection offers a perfect sampling of Rockwell’s iconic style that seems almost photographic in its detail, capturing ordinary moments and rituals in the daily life in America six decades ago. They are among seven works that will go under the hammer on 4 December and were each commissioned as covers for the Saturday Evening Post.

About a boy: Liam James with Anna Sophia Robb in ‘The Way, Way Back’

Film review: The Way, Way Back (12A)

Last of the summer whine

Flights of fancy (clockwise): Hyperloop, Transition, the jetpack and the Bennie Railplane

The 'Hyperloop' between LA and San Francisco and other super transport ideas that never go anywhere

While politicians and campaigners will tirelessly debate the merits of a planned high-speed rail network between the North and London for some time yet, a distinctly more ambitious transport solution is being mooted across the Atlantic.

Scientists grow an ear from living tissue

The organs are made in the laboratory in the hope of using them to replace the damaged or missing body parts of patients

Carissa Yip is the youngest chess expert since records began

A chess expert at nine, Carissa Yip is set to be master next

Percy Yip began teaching his daughter Carissa to play chess in 2010. After just one year, she could beat him. Two years later, the Massachusetts schoolgirl has just become the youngest female on record to reach the US Chess Federation’s (USCF) “expert” level. Carissa is nine years old.

Scots abroad: The Grandfather Mountain Parade in North Carolina

Hamish McRae: Head to the US for a true Highland gathering

Something to Declare

Boston Bombing: Woman arrested after 'faking injury for $500,000 payout'

Woman allegedly falsely claimed to have sustained a brain injury from the attack

Boston Bombing victims set to receive millions from the One Fund Boston

$61 million will be distributed among victims on Sunday

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev indicted on 30 counts

Grand jury charges 19-year-old over twin explosions that killed three and injured more than 260 in US city on April 15

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
The real James 'Whitey' Bulger is about to appear in court to answer for his alleged crimes

Ruthless killer or Robin Hood? Mob boss James ‘Whitey’ Bulger to stand trial

The case of James ‘Whitey’ Bulger will bring Boston gangland into the courtroom, reports Rupert Cornwell

Comment: We've all had an itch we need to scratch, but what exactly is it?

As new research claims to hold the key to suppressing the irritating sensation, Steve Connor explains what causes an itch

Two arrested after Braintree and Gillingham mosque attacks

Two men have been arrested after separate attacks on mosques following the terrorist incident in Woolwich.

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Germany's spymasters left red-faced after thieves break into brand new secret service HQ and steal taps

Germany's spy HQ springs a leak

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International Women's Day 2015: Celebrating the whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

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Russia's gulag museum 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities

Russia's gulag museum

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Paris Fashion Week 2015: The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp

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Paul Scholes column: I don't believe Jonny Evans was spitting at Papiss Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible

Paul Scholes column

I don't believe Evans was spitting at Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible
Miguel Layun interview: From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

Miguel Layun is a star in Mexico where he was criticised for leaving to join Watford. But he says he sees the bigger picture
Frank Warren column: Amir Khan ready to meet winner of Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao

Khan ready to meet winner of Mayweather v Pacquiao

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War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable