Sport NASCAR team owner Gene Haas could launch a bid for a place on the F1 grid

Haas is one half of the successful Stewart-Haas Racing team currently plying their trade in the American motorsport

Victoria Clark: The scientific face behind terror

We shouldn't be surprised that Abdulla could have been a doctor

Album: Malcolm Holcombe, Gamblin' House (Echo Mountain)

Malcolm Holcombe has been recording for more than two decades now, and it sounds like he's been chain-smoking throughout, his voice on Gamblin' House boasting the gruff geniality of Tom Waits with a bad sore throat.

The House and Senate: Democrats advance in Congress as battles turn nasty

As the last returns trickled in yesterday, it became clear that the Democratic Party could celebrate capturing not just the presidency but also significant advances on Capitol Hill, assuring that for the next two years at least they have firm control of government at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue.

The battle for the Old Confederacy

North Carolina has been a Republican stronghold for decades. So can Barack Obama really overcome the history of racial prejudice in the southern states? Leonard Doyle reports from Raleigh

Haiti in crisis after tropical storm claims more than 500 lives

New PM pledges help as flood victims lie dead in the streets and a quarter of a million are made homeless

Album: Bowerbirds, Hymns for a Dark Horse (Dead Oceans)

They come from North Carolina and sing round-the-campfire folk. Their songs unabashedly contain lyrics such as "It takes a lot of nerve to destroy this wondrous earth" and they are currently on tour with the lovely Bon Iver, with whom they share an entirely organic charm. But what's this in the "thank yous", hidden among sentiments such as "[this album is] dedicated to what still remains wild, on the earth, and inside us"? "Thanks to JD for taking us for a ride on his private jet." If that's not the modern dichotomy summed up in a sleevenote, then what is? You'll forgive them as you sing along, though.

Something To Declare: Canariesin september; Ramadan; Charlotte, North Carolina

Where to go, how to save, what to avoid

John Edwards: his mistress, the new age guru, and the cover-up

Once a clean-cut hero for the Democrats, the Senator's fall from grace has been rapid and complete following more lurid revelations about the affair he had while his wife battled cancer

Invisibility cloak one step closer, scientists say

Scientists have created two new types of materials that can bend light the wrong way, creating the first step toward an invisibility cloaking device.

North Carolina: Home of the speed freaks

North Carolina seems a laid-back, gentle place – until you encounter the 167,000 people watching Nascar races. Rob Crossan jumps in for a 165mph trip around the circuit

Crunch time for peanut allergies

The number of cases are soaring and doctors don't know why. But could a cure finally be in sight? Jeremy Laurance reports

The writing's on the cell wall for US jailbird novelist

North Carolina authorities confiscate manuscript of prisoner's fifth novel to stop him 'profiting' behind bars

Jesse Helms: Powerful Republican senator who championed right-wing causes during three decades in Congress

Jesse Helms belonged to an almost vanished breed of racist lawmakers who grew up in the old South when it was segregationist and uniformly Democratic but became Republicans in disgust at President Lyndon John's civil rights legislation. Unlike the majority of them however, he became one of the most powerful and redoubtable Congressional figures of his era. As chairman of the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee for much of the 1990s, he could – and sometimes did – hold the Clinton administration's foreign policy to ransom, almost single handed.

Cancer cure trials move from mice to men

Hope of new breakthrough as US authorities give go-ahead to treat 22 patients with white blood cells

Drugs in Sport: Graham facing long jail term for lying to inquiry

Trevor Graham, former coach to disgraced athletes Marion Jones, Tim Montgomery and Justin Gatlin, faces up to five years in prison after being found guilty at his trial in San Francisco yesterday of one count of perjury. A jury concluded he had lied to investigators about his relationship to steroid dealer Angel "Memo" Heredia.

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America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

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Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

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