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Missouri winner usually takes it all

It's nicknamed Oracle County because of its near-perfect record in picking presidents, but with barely a week left of campaigning, Leonard Doyle finds the jury's still out

Days Like Those: 'Phew! The pole dancing isn't at our cottage, it's down at Fanny's Bottom'

Matthew didn't come down to Dorset with Louis and me the weekend of the big pole-dancing scandal. He stayed in London owing to a psychosomatic reaction to having had his car broken into. Generally he takes a laissez-faire attitude to the monthly assaults on his vehicle, seeing them as legitimate attempts at wealth redistribution. So long as the thief causes no damage, it's not a problem. But this time a wing mirror was smashed, presumably in frustration at the lack of satnavs or iPods in the glove compartment. Worse, a mat was urinated upon. Matthew's distress at this lack of etiquette had what he described as "a grievous impact on my immune system", hence the fever and thumping eyes that kept him in London.

No Pain, No Gain: Torment and ballyhoo won't stop Nighthawk

The once high-flying shares of Nighthawk Energy, the US-focused oil and gas explorer and producer, have failed to respond to what can only be described as encouraging developments in some of the more remote corners of America.

Cyclotherapy: 'This year's Tour of Britain will finish in the 2008 European, City of Culture, Liverpool'

The Tour of Britain came back to central London last weekend, and was once again given the profile and resources that a race of this calibre deserves. Last year had proved nothing short of an embarrassment for the organisers, whose first mistake was to shun the beauty and grandeur of central London for a rather grotty park in south-east London. Last year's opening stage, in Crystal Palace, had more of a feel of a school sports day than a professional cycling event – with no timing clocks on display, no big screens on which to follow the race and, perhaps unsurprisingly, hardly any spectators.

Jerry Wallace: 'Mr Smooth' of country-pop

Jerry Wallace's warm and engaging vocal style gained him the sobriquet "Mr Smooth". He modelled himself on his hero, Nat King Cole, and his delivery proved ideal for the trend in the late 1960s and early 1970s towards country-pop; in 1972, he was nominated as Male Vocalist of the Year by the Country Music Association.

US floods force patients to abandon hospital

Rising flood waters forced the evacuation of a hospital today as the American Midwest continued to suffer the effects of heavy storms.

Will the king of beers accept its prince?

The stock market may like the idea of InBev's bid for Budweiser, but St Louis locals, and the family that owns the iconic beer, are appalled. By Stephen Foley

Barbie sees her popular younger rival in court

Jurors assembled in a California courtroom yesterday at the start of a trial that may look like a frivolous cat-fight in America's toy chest, pitting the long-legged Barbie doll against her pouty-lipped upstart rivals, the Bratz. But it is not just a contest about which girl is sexier. It's about multi-millions in market share.

'Cyber-bully' accused of driving girl to suicide faces 20-year term

A Missouri woman accused of pretending to be a smitten teenage boy on MySpace and driving a 13-year-old girl to suicide with cruel messages faces federal charges that could lead to 20 years in jail.

Hope for psoriasis sufferers

A dramatic advance in the treatment of psoriasis, the debilitating skin condition which affects more than one million people in the UK, was announced by scientists yesterday.

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'Shoot the mayor' gunman kills five

A gunman with a grudge against civic leaders stormed a city council meeting early today, killing two police officers and three others before being shot dead.

Clinton dashes to woo voters in the Mid-west

Hillary Clinton dashed to Missouri yesterday to appeal for support from Mid-western voters being wooed with equal ferocity by Barack Obama, her remaining rival for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Werder Bremen 1 Chelsea 0: Drogba in race to be fit for United clash

In Germany Bremen is known for its premium brands - Becks beer, Mercedes cars - but the would-be gold marque of European football, and the favourites to win the Champions' League, had a little of their gloss rubbed off last night.

All-frills airline Eos enjoys 'explosive growth'

A new all-frills airline aimed at transatlantic business travellers has claimed it broke even last month by selling six out of every 10 of its oversized seats.

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In grandfather's footsteps

5 News's political editor Andy Bell only knows his grandfather from the compelling diary he kept during WWI. But when he returned to the killing fields where Edwin Vaughan suffered so much, his ancestor came to life
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Martha Stewart has flying robot

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A tale of two presidents

George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story
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Restaurateur Mitch Tonks has given the Great Western Pullman dining car a makeover
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Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players

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Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players
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The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

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Samuel Beckett's biographer reveals secrets of the writer's time as a French Resistance spy

How Samuel Beckett became a French Resistance spy

As this year's Samuel Beckett festival opens in Enniskillen, James Knowlson, recalls how the Irish writer risked his life for liberty and narrowly escaped capture by the Gestapo
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We will remember them

Relatives still honour those who fought in the Great War
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Kodak's last-ditch bid to keep celluloid alive

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