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Spoiler alert: Seven ways Breaking Bad might end... but probably won't

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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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

Can't find a card you like on the high street? Try one of these sites for individual, personalised options, whatever your taste
Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

The Reds are desperately missing Luis Suarez, says Ian Herbert
Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’
Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness