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

US teen fifth person killed by serial killer

A teenage girl shot while helping her father in their family's small furniture and appliance store died yesterday, becoming the fifth victim of a suspected serial killer terrorizing a small South Carolina community, authorities said.

'Britain's fattest teen' pleads for funds to continue US treatment

A 16-year-old girl once dubbed Britain's fattest teen is to make a desperate plea for NHS funding to continue her successful weight loss programme in America.

Craigslist helps police make arrest in rape case

A man has been arrested and charged with raping a North Carolina woman in an attack allegedly arranged by the victim's husband on Craigslist, a classified ad Web site, police announced.



Husband 'hired rapist to assault his own wife'

Police accuse suspect of trawling online small ads to arrange attack at knifepoint

Expert warns of a swine flu-bird flu mix

Bird flu kills more than 60 per cent of its human victims, but doesn't easily pass from person to person. Swine flu can be spread with a sneeze or handshake, but kills only a small fraction of the people it infects.

Woods back in swing to secure early lead

Any suspicions that Tiger Woods would embark on a downward spiral following his recent bad-tempered travails at The Masters were proved to be very foolish indeed in North Carolina yesterday. The world No 1 fired a seven-under-par 65 to open up an early lead in the first round of the Quail Hollow Championship.

Story of The Scene: In the Heat of the Night (1967)

It's been called one of the most revolutionary acts committed to film.

Obits in Brief: Marvin 'Popcorn' Sutton

Marvin "Popcorn" Sutton, who died on 16 March aged 62, was an Appalachian moonshiner from North Carolina who in 1999 published Me and My Likker, an autobiography and guide to moonshining.

Wildfire starts to spread in US

A coastal wildfire spread early today toward one of the busiest tourist stretches in South Carolina after destroying more than three dozen homes.

Gunman kills eight at North Carolina nursing home

A gunman who opened fire at a nursing home in North Carolina yesterday morning killed eight people and wounded three others, police said.

Six dead in US nursing home shooting

Police say six people have been killed and three injured in a shooting at a North Carolina nursing home.

A touch of frosting: How Britain became smitten with American cupcakes

Mrs Beeton would be turning in her grave. Her sensible muffins, crumpets and tea cakes and loaves studded with dates and raisins have been staple bakery favourites since 1861, when her seminal Book of Household Management began teaching Britons how to live "economically, tastefully and well". A century and a half later, these pantry treats are being overlooked in favour of doorstop-sized cupcakes in lurid shades of pink, green and red, crowned with inch-thick smears of sugary frosting and sprinkled with chocolate vermicelli and enamel-cracking gold and silver dragees.

Four webcams and a funeral - death goes high-tech

Schoedinger Funeral and Cremation Service in central Ohio has gone high-tech with the business of grief: It is one of a growing number of funeral service providers to embrace the web.

Daly at his 'lowest point' after USPGA Tour suspension

John Daly revealed yesterday that he has been suspended for six months by the USPGA Tour for "conduct that brought unwelcome publicity", including a night in a North Carolina jail to sober up. "Is it fair that I got suspended? It's not fair in reality, but it's probably fair in perception," he said.

Statelines: the full collection of articles in our America travel series

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