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The rhythm of the American seasons

Fall guy Tony Wheeler shows you where to go to savour the US autumn in its golden prime

The Beatles, protests with purpose, and optimism: why the Sixties were nothing short of a Golden Age

A confluence of economic and cultural wealth with political passion made the sainted decade a blessing for all those lucky enough to go through it

Bonnie and Clyde's guns fetch $500k

Two guns used by the gangsters Bonnie and Clyde when they were killed in a hail of gunfire have been sold for $504,000 (£312,000).

Rupert Cornwell: Murphy's Law has put its curse on Romney

It's tough these days being Mitt Romney. This wasn't a bad week for him – nowhere near as bad as the one before, which kicked off with the now infamous "47 per cent of Americans feel themselves victims". The Republican challenger has been out on the campaign trail more. He made a decent foreign policy speech in New York too, and even managed a decent joke (about the benefits of being introduced by Bill Clinton).

Grand American Adventures is offering a group tour of the Appalachian Trail, visiting New Hampshire and Massachusetts, for £1,524

Travel Challenge: New England in autumn

Each week we invite three companies to offer us their best deal for a specific break. Today: a 10-night autumn escape to New England with hotels and flights from Heathrow on 28 Sept. Prices are pp, based on two travelling together.

John McCain says he chose Sarah Palin as his running mate in 2008 instead of Mitt Romney because 'she was the better candidate'

When you have friends like John McCain, who needs political enemies?  That was surely the thinking of Mitt Romney today after the aforementioned said he chose Sarah Palin as his running mate in 2008 over the former Massachusetts governor because she was the “better candidate”.

The Saturday Quiz

1. How is Belgian writer Georges Remi (1907-1983) better known?

Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, on a jet ski at Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire

He has to be rich – but is Romney too rich?

A jet-ski ride has brought claims he is out of touch. By David Usborne

Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, on a jet ski at Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire

The trouble with Romney's riches

Displays of wealth can ruin a presidential candidate. So could pictures of the Republican first family at their $8m estate cost them dear?

A bear by the bird feeder in David Blanchflower’s garden

David Blanchflower: With central banks so passive, there's plenty of reasons to be bearish

Economic Outlook: Inflation is set to fall sharply, especially given the rapid decline in the oil price

Two torch bearers pass-over the flame as they pass through Newquay, Cornwall

Sale of Olympic torches on eBay ignites controversy

70 police officers to guard one little flame might seem excessive, but the seven and a half thousand Olympic torch bearers still to run will no doubt be glad of the protection, after it has emerged that the torches they will carry have a street value of more than £100,000.

Mitt Romney waves with his wife, Ann, last night in New Hampshire after all but clinching the nomination

Bring on Obama: Romney gets set for real race to the White House

Bitter Republican battle is finally over as Gingrich concedes defeat over who should run for President

Picoult says: 'My greatest regret is that I went straight to work after university. I wish I had been brave enough to travel and put real life off for a while'

My Secret Life: Jodi Picoult, 45, author

'I have a crush – but it's cougarish'

Barack Obama salutes as he steps off Marine One at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland yesterday

Obama banks on gathering economic recovery as his ticket to a second term

President's speech strikes campaigning note as ad campaign targets Romney's record

Poll upset as New Gingrich wins South Carolina primary

Newt Gingrich stormed to a shock victory over Mitt Romney in the South Carolina primary today, scrambling the race to choose a Republican challenger to President Barack Obama.

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