News An image released by the Freeland Police Department of Anthony Lescowitch, in Freeland, Pennsylvania. He was arrested by police shortly after he shared a wanted photo posted by the Freeland Police Department of himself on his Facebook page

After two months on the run from the police, one criminal decided to celebrate by sharing a wanted picture of himself on Facebook - before being arrested hours later.

US Election Diary: Pill-popping to overcome election fatigue

The Tampa rally over yesterday, reporters travelling with Governor Romney were herded on to the candidate's plane. But if they were frazzled by more than a year on the trail, there was help from top Romney aide Stuart Stephens, who handed out packets of pills. "David Cameron asked me to give you this," he said, spotting the man from The Independent. The six little capsules were nothing more than vitamins, he assured me. Duly ingested.

Floodwaters from superstorm Sandy surround homes in South Bethany, Delaware

Oil prices rise on Superstorm Sandy threat

Oil prices rose today after a Superstorm Sandy caused havoc across the north-eastern US and threatened to inflict more damage inland.

A man with a small dog takes a photo of the storm waves from Hurricane Sandy in Ocean City, New Jersey

Superstorm Sandy smashes records with 4.2m surge of seawater in New York

Superstorm Sandy brought gusts of 90mph and a record surge of seawater in New York City.

Mayor criticised for telling Atlantic City residents to stay put for Hurricane Sandy

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie faulted Atlantic City Mayor Lorenzo Langford for advising residents to stay put as Hurricane Sandy barreled in, leaving a large number stranded as water levels rise.

Nine-year-old girl in Halloween costume shot after relative mistakes her for a skunk

A nine-year-old girl has been shot in the shoulder after a relative mistook her Halloween costume for skunk.

Man shoots girl he mistook for skunk

A 9-year-old girl who dressed up for Halloween was shot in the shoulder by a family member who mistook her black and white striped costume for a skunk.

The US Secretary of State said she was to blame for the attacks in Benghazi

Clintons go on the offensive for Obama

Hours before last night's second presidential debate began in Hempstead, New York, the Clinton family attempted to shore up Barack Obama's position, with Hillary taking the fall for events in Libya that led to the death of the US ambassador, and Bill releasing a video attacking Mitt Romney's tax plan.

Submarine commander Michael P Ward II faked death to end affair

A US Navy submarine commander who faked his own death to end an extra-marital affair has been relieved of his duties.

John Terry and David Beckham on Wednesday night

John Terry happy to concentrate on playing after troubled year

Whether others will let him is doubtful, but John Terry said that he just wants to "concentrate on the football" after making his first start since being acquitted of racially abusing the QPR defender Anton Ferdinand.

Temperatures across US cool after heatwave kills dozens

The heat that blanketed much of the US and left at least 46 people dead will begin easing up this week as temperatures approach normal from the Midwest to the East Coast.

Suspect held over missing boy in 33-year-old murder mystery

It is one of the city's highest profile crimes in history and helped launch a missing children's movement across the United States.

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.

Romney within reach of victory

Mitt Romney's expected wins in five US states that held primary votes last night will earn him scores of delegates on his way to becoming the Republican presidential nominee and allow him to concentrate on a campaign against Barack Obama.

Amish in court over haircut attacks

Sixteen men and women pleaded not guilty in beard- and hair-cutting attacks against fellow Amish in the US state of Ohio.

No fugging way: residents of Fucking have failed in an attempt to change the hamlet's name

One hell of an Austrian postmark

It was a Fucking nightmare for the 104 residents of the unfortunately-named hamlet in Austria. Fuckingers, as they are called in Fucking, whose name is apparently derived from Focko, an old Bavarian nobleman, were told yesterday they could not switch to Fugging to avoid ridicule and the theft of road signs (a dozen have been pinched).

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