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

Man hands 94 hamsters over to animal shelter

A man has turned over 94 hamsters to a local animal shelter, telling officials he was running out of room in his apartment.

Mitt Romney talks to reporters on his campaign charter plane yesterday

Up, up and away with Romney's campaign

The long journey to the White House seldom offers a chance to see a high-flying candidate speak candidly. By David Usborne

Mitt Romney begins the long journey towards the White House

Up up and away: A flight on Mitt Force 1

The long journey towards the White House seldom offers a chance to see a high-flying candidate speak candidly – with no script or stage management. But there is one place where guards are dropped... David Usborne climbs aboard

Mitt Romney talks to reporters on his campaign charter plane yesterday

Romney flies into dogfight with third victory in his sights

David Usborne joins bullish Republican frontrunner on journey to South Carolina

Romney becomes the first Republican who is not a White House incumbent to win both Iowa and New Hampshire in a party nomination contest

Romney the clear front-runner after sweeping to victory in New Hampshire

Mitt Romney, trying for a second time around to make it all the way to his party’s presidential nod and thereafter to the White House, swept to victory in the New Hampshire primary yesterday; a win that makes him the clear front-runner going into the next nominating contests.

It’s in his kiss: Mitt Romney embraces his wife, Ann

'Let's cut the pious baloney': rivals rain rage on Romney

The Mitt Romney flying machine at last took some flak last night in the final debate in the Republican presidential race before tomorrow's key primary election in New Hampshire. His rivals, chafing to bring him down, branded him "timid", "pious" and dishonest in how he had conducted his campaign.

'Am I a close observer because I'm a writer, or am I writer because I'm a close observer?'

Courtney Sullivan: My family, and other social animals

Courtney Sullivan's new bestseller about changing US mores was inspired by her own family history, she tells James Kidd

The Saturday Quiz

1. Which Second World War battle was the subject of a 1956 film by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger?

Mitt Romney leads Iowa by less than a nose

Mitt Romney was clinging to a perilously thin lead yesterday in Iowa, which kicks off the Republican nominating process with caucus voting tomorrow, but possibly only by virtue of the conservatives in the state dividing over which of his rivals they would rather see challenge President Barack Obama.

MICHELE BACHMANN (7%): Said HPV vaccine could cause mental retardation

With enemies like these, does the President need friends?

The Republican nomination race started like a train – but became a train wreck. As the primaries loom, David Usborne charts how the GOP became the gaffes and 'oops' party

Gingrich fails to make the grade in his home state

Newt Gingrich may be leading in polls of Republican voters in the US state of Virginia, but the presidential hopeful's name will not appear on the state's primary ballot, a significant setback for a candidate whose standing in polls has recently been slipping.

Hapless Gingrich goes hunting for signatures

Exposing organisational skills that might fall short of what you would expect from someone aspiring to be president, Newt Gingrich could be found navigating the highways of Virginia yesterday on the hunt for enough signatures to get him on the ballot for the state's primary election in early March.

Leading article: A $10,000 question that shows where the Republicans are going wrong

For a country that – in the eyes of many outsiders – unashamedly celebrates people who get their hands on great wealth, Americans can be oddly touchy on the subject of money.

Last Republicans standing race to grab a slice of Cain's support base

Conservative members of Grand Old Party remain unwilling to settle for Mitt Romney

Hurricane Irene makes landfall in New Jersey

Forecasters say Hurricane Irene has hit the New Jersey coast with 75 mph (120-kph) winds.

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Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

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The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

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You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

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Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

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Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

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Christmas cocktails to make you merry

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Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

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Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

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Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

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Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

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