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

President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney target middle-class voters

President Barack Obama pressed a deadlocked Congress to take action on an election year “to do” list of economic proposals to promote job creation and help families refinance their mortgages.

John Edwards 'gave funding to aide'

A former aide to the erstwhile US senator John Edwards has admitted taking hundreds of thousands of dollars from his boss's campaign donors and using it to build a dream house.

Greenpeace targets Apple London store

Activists from Greenpeace have plastered the windows of an Apple store in London with a poster protesting against the company's use of coal.

Mitt Romney sweeps five states and promises 'better America'

Mitt Romney laid claim to a fiercely contested Republican presidential nomination last night with five more primary triumphs and immediately set the tone for the general election campaign by attacking President Barack Obama over his handling of the economy.

JOHN EDWARDS: The former US Senator faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted

John Edwards faces trial over '$1m spent to hide affair'

Five years after his presidential campaign was derailed by scandalous revelations that he had fathered an illegitimate child with a former member of staff, John Edwards will face a jury this morning which will decide whether alleged murky efforts to cover up the affair should land him in prison.

Fraudster Arthur Nadel dies in US prison

A hedge fund manager sentenced to 14 years in prison after cheating investors of $168m has died.

Edwards may face jail sentence

John Edwards, the former US Senator and two-time presidential hopeful, was set to return to a courtroom yesterday, facing possible time in prison if convicted of alleged campaign-finance violations.

Scruggs poses as his star is unveiled on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Earl Scruggs: Musician whose work on the banjo remains the benchmark on the country scene

Few musicians are able to dominate their instrument in the way Earl Scruggs did the banjo. Other players may have enjoyed success and acclaim, but Scruggs' work, first with Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys, then with his partner Lester Flatt and later with his own Revue, remains the benchmark against which other picker's efforts are measured.

Human contact - even the royal kind - can affect plant growth

Man-made noise 'harms plant growth'

The noise of cars, machines and other forms of human activity could be affecting growth of wild flowers and trees, as well as animals nearby.

Manager Harry Redknapp 'gets the best out of players' says Colin Clarke, late of Bournemouth

'The FA would be silly not to offer Harry the job,' says Colin Clarke

Redknapp's first buy insists the manager has the right stuff for England

Children hold anti-abortion signs during a rally in Texas

Women seeking abortion will be shown image of unborn child

Texan judge allows state to enforce draconian law in deference to anti-abortion lobby

Jonathan Wilson, The Scala, London

“Love it is an apple core, before the fruit was beautiful, now it is a circle, life and death a circle, the circle is a cadence,” Jonathan Wilson maintains on the languid hippie anthem “Gentle Spirit”. You dig? He digs us. He tells us so.

'I pray for justice for my son,' says retired nurse Sammie Stanford

Disgraced financier's mother battles to prove injuries have left him too ill to defend himself

Elizabeth Watkins has been cleared of killing her son Nicholas Loris (pictured) who died 25 years ago

Mother cleared of son's murder after 25 years

For 25 years, Elizabeth Watkins has lived under a cloud of suspicion as the sole "person of interest" in a police investigation into the death of her son, Nicholas Loris.

Former bodyguard for Madonna is jailed for 10 years for gun smuggling

A former US marine who once worked as a bodyguard for Madonna was given a jail sentence of 10 years yesterday for smuggling guns into the UK on commercial flights.

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Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

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They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
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