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Stan Musial: Baseball player considered one of the best in history

On a late summer's day in San Francisco in 1962, a modest crowd gathered to watch the visiting St Louis Cardinals baseball team do battle with the hometown San Francisco Giants. The Cardinals were not strong that year, while the Giants were challenging for the National League divisional baseball championship. Still, the Cardinals were always interesting to watch because of the presence on the team of their aging superstar, Stan Musial, known down the years to anybody exposed to the sport as "Stan the Man".

Commodities fear as mighty Mississippi runs dry in drought

It may be America's largest waterway, but now even the mighty Mississippi is being choked by drought, as historically low water levels threaten to halt the flow of vital commodities from the heart of the US, with potentially devastating economic consequences.

Republican who shocked US defies calls to quit key Senate race

The Republican candidate whose remarks on abortion and rape have created a national uproar was yesterday still refusing to withdraw from his pivotal Senate race in Missouri, despite demands from infuriated and embarrassed party leaders and the loss of millions of dollars of campaign funding.

Republicans' bare cheek on Israel trip

Nobody needs to be reminded that the Sea of Galilee in the Holy Land has special significance to Christians as the place where Jesus walked on water. Now, however, a new historic marker may need to be erected on its shores: "Here in 2011 swam a gaggle of inebriated US Republican Congressmen, one in the buff."

Brad Pitt's mum says 'no' to gay weddings

Brad Pitt did not inherit his liberal politics from his mother. Jane Pitt has caused a stir by writing to her local newspaper urging voters to vote for Republican Mitt Romney in November's US presidential election due to Barack Obama's backing of gay marriage.

Paul Jenkins: Painter whose art brimmed with the energy of life

The American artist Paul Jenkins, whose unorthodox application of paint by an alchemy of pouring techniques brought him association with the great Abstract Expressionists, has died in New York City at the age of 88. Born in a lightning storm in Kansas City in 1923, he started as he meant to go on, enjoying a somewhat epic life which found friendship with luminaries such as Jean Dubuffet, Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning et al, whose support of him was as noteworthy for its affection as for its endurance – a distinction not always granted to artists at the top of the pile.

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Gingrich battles on after second straight poll defeat

He looked less like a contender for the US Presidency, and more like a combination of Comical Ali, the Iraqi PR minister famed for declarations of impending victory in the jaws of catastrophic defeat, and the finger-jabbing Kevin Keegan who once said: “we’re still fighting, and I tell you, I’ll love it if we beat them... love it!”