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

Lottery loophole brings riches to US gamblers

Syndicates with a knowledge of maths have found a way of buying their own luck

The Forty Rules of Love, By Elif Shafak

Skittish and serious, satirical and otherworldly, Elif Shafak's fiction trips across the lines between the spirit and the flesh. Her latest novel, a chart-topper in her native Turkey, characteristically yokes together far-flung people, eras and events.

Fears raised weeks before Braintree shootings

A "pestered and harassed" woman voiced her concerns to police less than two weeks before she and and her toddler daughter were shot dead.

Tributes left after Braintree gun tragedy

Flowers and cuddly toys have been left as tributes outside the house where a woman and her toddler daughter were shot dead.

Police 'could have saved mother and daughter'

A mother and daughter shot dead yesterday could have been saved by police, angry neighbours claimed as a double murder inquiry was launched.

'Police knew of Braintree gun suspect '

Police had been aware of a man suspected of shooting dead a mother and child for two years, it emerged tonight.

Tornadoes hit Massachusetts

Residents were left stunned at the force of nature yesterday after tornadoes roared through the US state of Massachusetts, packing violent winds that ripped off roofs, uprooted trees and left four people dead across the state.

US tornadoes kill four

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick declared a state of emergency and authorised 1,000 National Guard troops to be called up to provide support after at least two tornadoes touched down.

Republican out of presidential race

The Indiana governor Mitch Daniels said yesterday he has decided not to seek the Republican presidential nomination because of family considerations, further narrowing the pool of candidates.

Breakthrough paves way for early-warning diabetes test

A test to detect diabetes up to 10 years before the first symptoms appear could soon emerge from preliminary research showing that it is possible to find changes in the blood of people who go on to develop the disease.

Tea party leader in gaffe over US Revolution

A potential Republican presidential candidate who is a favourite of the conservative tea party movement which extolls America's founding fathers got her geography mixed up when it came to where the first shots of the Revolutionary War were fired.

Ron Paul tops presidential poll

The libertarian Republican Congressman Ron Paul won a presidential straw poll of conservatives at the weekend in a result that showed Republicans still a have long way to go to pick a challenger to President Barack Obama in 2012.

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Episodes: The one where Matt LeBlanc plays himself...

Matt LeBlanc became a hermit after Friends and Joey – but the chance to send himself up in a new sitcom was irresistible, he tells James Rampton

Shah's son found dead in Boston

The youngest son of the late shah of Iran has apparently committed suicide at his home in the United States.

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Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

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The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals

'You need me, I don’t need you'

Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals
How to Get Away with Murder: Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama

How to Get Away with Murder

Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama
A cup of tea is every worker's right

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Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
Which animals are nearly extinct?

Which animals are nearly extinct?

Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. These are the other species on the brink
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Perfect for leaf-kicking: 12 best children's shoes

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Comment: David Moyes' show of sensitivity thrown back in his face by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Moyes’ show of sensitivity thrown back in his face... by Ferguson

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Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
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Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

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