Morgan Freeman 'in good spirits' after crash

Actor Morgan Freeman was in "good spirits" in hospital after breaking his arm and elbow in a car crash, his spokesman said.

Morgan Freeman seriously injured in car crash

Morgan Freeman was in a "serious" condition in hospital last night after being injured in a high-speed car crash near his home in Mississippi.

Actor Morgan Freeman injured in crash

The Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman has been seriously injured in car accident in Mississippi.

Floods wipe out US crops

The crest of the swollen Mississippi River moved downstream yesterday as volunteers manned sandbagged levees and coped with the costs of the Midwest's worst flooding in 15 years. "At times like these you don't know whether to cry or laugh. But here in the Midwest we tend to favour the latter," said Charlotte Hoerr, who, with her husband Brent, farms land not far from the river in this small Missouri town.

Charleston's first integrated prom

With Morgan Freeman's help, Charleston held its first integrated prom. But does its success mask lingering racial divisions?

Mississippi: Unsung home of the blues

From Robert Johnson to BB King, musicians have long flocked to Mississippi's legendary juke joints. But now, laments Richard Knight, there's no time to lose if you want to sample the authentic sound of this Southern state

Picture Post: Roll credits - Gene Hackman bows out

"I guess you could call it retired. I haven't worked for four years now." Gene Hackman, 78, will make no more movies, if Hollywood's gossip columnists are to be believed. Hackman declared this week that he doesn't want to play grandfathers or doddering old men, and says he won't miss movie-making. Audiences, though, are sure to miss him. He lacked the star wattage of Dustin Hoffman and Jack Nicholson, and would probably have remained a character actor, but he brought a craggy intensity to his best roles and seldom, if ever, gave a bad performance.

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Clinton aide resigns over race claims

A prominent Hillary Clinton supporter resigned from the campaign yesterday after saying that Barack Obama was being treated preferentially by the public and the media because of his race.

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Obama rejects Clinton offer of 'dream ticket' and goes on attack

Barack Obama has forcefully rejected Hillary Clinton's suggestion that they would make a Democrat dream ticket for the White House if he was her vice-presidential running mate.

Teddy and the battle for Mississippi: Roosevelt's killer instinct

The Deep South state where Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama face off in tomorrow's primary has a unique place in American culture. But the visit of a rough, tough president more than a century ago also gave birth to one of the world's greatest political myths. Leonard Doyle reports

Every last delegate counts for Democrats

It's the least populated state and one of the most resolutely Republican but yesterday Wyoming – the Cowboy State – found itself host to both the Democratic candidates for their party's presidential nomination.

Cinder, By Albert French

Albert French's first novel, 1995's Billy, was a hugely affecting tale about segregation and injustice. Three novels later, he now returns to the fictional 1930s Mississippi town of Banes, where it was set. In Billy, a 10-year-old black boy had been wrongly convicted of murdering a white girl, and executed. This book opens with his coffin arriving back in town, and the wailing of his mother, 27-year-old Cinder.

US tornado strikes kill at least 45

Tornados and thunderstorms ravaged the US South overnight, killing at least 45 people and injuring more than 150 as it caused destruction across several states, authorities said.

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