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For the Hedbergs, a family from Sweden visiting New York, the sign at the head of the path that leads down to the ferries to Liberty Island – home to the Statute of Liberty – was more cause for bewilderment than disappointment.

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Bob Brozman: National steel guitar virtuoso

Bob Brozman was fond of starting his one-man, two-hour concerts by saying, "We'll go right back to the 1920s, where I'm going to stay all night." He would stun audiences with his mixture of ragtime, calypso, jazz, blues, pop and Hawaiian music, played on his beloved National steel guitars as well as mandolins and ukuleles. He could play with remarkable speed but he would close with a slow, romantic "I'll See You In My Dreams" on ukulele. The repertoire was so wide that no such concert could have been performed like this in the 1920s.

Portfolio: Stuart Franklin

After three stressful years as president of Magnum Photos, Stuart Franklin needed a break. And so, in 2009, the London-born photographer, then 53, bought a lakeside cabin on the island of Otroya, on Norway's western fjordland, a 15-minute ferry ride to the nearest town, Molde.

Emaciated boy found after five days in flat with mother's body

Police found an emaciated four-year-old boy in a flat with the body of his mother, who appeared to have been dead for about five days.

Temperatures approach freezing as another storm looks set to hit New York in the wake of Superstorm Sandy

Mere days after a devastating superstorm swept through the region, leaving a trail of destruction behind it, the residents of New York and New Jersey are facing another crisis.

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Subway reopens, but fuel is rationed

More New Yorkers had their power restored yesterday, but frustrations mounted over petrol shortages as refuelling sites turned into traffic jams of horn-honking confusion.

Nomads in Queens endure life on the line as they forage for gas

Josiah Rosa is a 21st-century nomad, following Twitter updates and text messages in search of one thing: gas.

Jim McCrary: Photographer who shot over 300 album covers

The US photographer Jim McCrary created over 300 album covers, including Reach Out by Burt Bacharah, Mad Dogs and Englishmen by Joe Cocker, Now & Then by The Carpenters, Nuthin' Fancy by Lynyrd Skynyrd, Two Sides of the Moon by Keith Moon and Remote Control by The Tubes.

'Mastermind' of 9/11 to face Guantanamo military trial

More than a decade after three hijacked airliners slammed into the Twin Towers in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, the way was cleared yesterday for the self-acclaimed mastermind of the attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and four other men to face trial and possible execution.

Rupert Cornwell: Hudson at bay and tales of the wild east

Out of America: Even after 400 years, the blood and death that stain America's history are clearly visible

Emergency inbound! Hear full Hudson tape

The pilot of US Airways Flight 1549, which ditched into New York's Hudson River, calmly radioed to air traffic controllers, "We're going to be in the Hudson."

Jet safety warning days before Hudson crash

The US Airways Airbus 320 that made an emergency landing on New York's Hudson River last week had an engine compressor failure two days earlier, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said. The compressor, or fan, draws air into the engine.

Hudson pilot 'did everything right'

The pilot who managed to safely land a plane on the Hudson River in New York, saving the lives of all 150 passengers on board, did "absolutely everything right," according to an aviation expert.

The Hudson Valley: A break from the Big Apple

New York State's Hudson Valley boasts one of the finest views in the Union, says David Usborne

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Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

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