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

Wade Michael Page - A known criminal with extensive links to the far right

You don't have to do much digging to work out where Wade Michael Page stood on the political spectrum. His Nazi tattoos, skinhead haircut, and penchant for posing beneath swastika flags while singing racist rock songs made that pretty clear.

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Wisconsin temple killer was neo-Nazi who left army in disgrace

White supremacist gunman's past emerges as families in Wisconsin mourn deaths of six Sikhs

Now the question is if Clinton will remind Americans how good were the 1990s with a Democrat in charge

Democrats play the Clinton card to lift Obama campaign

No one knows better than Barack Obama that you dance with Bill Clinton at your peril – big egos can squash even nimble toes.

GSK boss urges rivals to set up in the UK

Sir Andrew Witty says pharma clusters will fend off overseas competition
Lost Utopia? The late Andy Griffith, right, with Ron Howard in The Andy Griffith Show

Rupert Cornwell: Small-town USA lives on – if only in our imagination

Out of America: 'The Andy Griffith Show' idealised simple rural values in a country that is resolutely urban

A helicopter drops fire retardant onto the Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado Springs yesterday

Four dead in fire-fighting plane crash

A US military cargo plane crashed while fighting one of several wildfires ravaging the West, and the family of one crew member said today that military officers told them just two of the six people on board survived.

At least 18 dead as US storms leave millions without power

Millions of people in a swath of states along the US East Coast and farther west went into a third sweltering day without power today after a round of summer storms that killed more than a dozen people.

'Sweet Joe' Russell: Singer with the a cappella masters, the Persuasions

The albums released by the Persuasions transcend genres but they have one distinct boundary: no musical instrumentals. As a result, they are often regarded as a novelty act, and it didn't help that their first album was released by Frank Zappa's Straight label, a home for freaks. Tom Waits appreciated the depth of their music when he said, "These guys are deep sea divers: I'm a fisherman in a boat."

John Edwards, with his daughter Cate and father, Wallace, outside court after he was acquitted of corruption charges

First the hypocrisy, now the humiliation. So where does John Edwards go from here?

He may have walked free, but senator who hid affair from his dying wife faces a tougher battle in the court of public opinion

Rupert Cornwell: John Edwards' trial ended in farce, but it was doomed from the start

Edwards' conduct was appalling - betrayal, abuse, hypocrisy... But these are not crimes

Edwards publically accepted his behaviour had been questionable but repeated his belief he had done nothing illegal

John Edwards walks free: judge rules mistrial in case of the ex-senator's sex scandal

Jury fails to reach verdict on former presidential hopeful who hid affair from dying wife

Edwards was John Kerry’s running mate in 2004 and challenged Barack Obama in the 2008 primaries

Presidential candidate faces a new fight – in court

John Edwards could have occupied the White House. But he may soon be in a jail cell. By David Usborne

President Obama gives his views on gay marriage to ABC News

Barack Obama defies Bible Belt with support for gay marriage

After years of equivocating on an issue that divides his country, President Barack Obama came out in favour of gay marriage in the US last night and suddenly injected an unpredictable social issue into a re-election campaign that had been expected to be fought on the economy.

Gay rights groups vow to fight back as North Carolina votes to bar same-sex marriages

Rocked by an overwhelming vote in favour of amending the state constitution to bar same-sex marriages, gay rights groups across North Carolina today vowed to fight back with demonstrations in several cities in the coming days.

North Carolina 'bans gay marriage'

North Carolina voters approved a constitutional amendment yesterday defining marriage solely as a union between a man and a woman, becoming the latest US state to effectively slam the door shut on same-sex marriages.

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