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.

Rick Santorum with his wife Karen yesterday

Relief for Romney as Santorum finally bows out

Rick Santorum, the standard bearer of the social conservatives, yesterday effectively pulled out of the Republican presidential race, making certain what has long been obvious: that Mitt Romney will be the party's nominee to face Barack Obama in November.

Rick Santorum with his wife Karen yesterday

'It's over for me': Rick Santorum pulls out of Republican race to give Romney clear run

Daughter's health cited as decisive factor as party focuses on battle to oust Obama from White House

Santorum (pictured) faced a tough fight in his home state against rival Mitt Romney

Rick Santorum quits Republican presidential campaign

Bowing to the inevitable, Rick Santorum quit the presidential campaign today, clearing the way for Mitt Romney to claim the Republican nomination.

Romney will face a better organized, better financed Obama campaign backed by the power of the presidency

Front-runner Mitt Romney closes in on Republican nomination after winning three more primaries

Mitt Romney tightened his grip on the Republican presidential nomination last night, sweeping primaries in Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington DC, and shifted his focus to the general election with a sharp attack on President Barack Obama.

Santorum tightens grip on Bible Belt with Louisiana win

Rick Santorum won the Louisiana Republican presidential primary this weekend, beating front-runner Mitt Romney in the race to challenge President Barack Obama.

Defiant contender Newt Gingrich says that nothing will make him quit the race to the White House

Gingrich: Nothing will make me quit White House race

Newt Gingrich said yesterday that there was probably no circumstance that would lead him to pull out of the Republicans' race to challenge President Barack Obama in November.

Rupert Cornwell: Romney's fate may rest on Illinois result

In this gruelling Republican primary season, many a battle has been termed make or break, only for hostilities to resume the day after with the balance of forces virtually unchanged. But next Tuesday's contest in Illinois could be the exception.

Santorum wins Kansas as Gingrich struggles to stay on

Rick Santorum has overwhelmingly won the Kansas Republican presidential caucuses, hoping to blunt front-runner Mitt Romney's momentum in the grinding campaign for the nomination to oppose US President Barack Obama in the November election.

Santorum makes up more ground on Romney

Rick Santorum overwhelmingly won the Kansas presidential caucuses, hoping to blunt front-runner Mitt Romney's momentum in the grinding campaign for the nomination to oppose President Barack Obama in the November election.

Tornado leaves 12 dead in US Midwest

Powerful storms ripped through the US Midwest on Wednesday, killing at least 12 people, including six in Illinois who were crushed when a tornado lifted a house and dropped it on them, authorities said.

Body parts of 9/11 victims were dumped in landfill site, says report

Remains of some of the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks ended up being dumped in a landfill site, it was revealed last night, in a new report on mismanagement at a military mortuary.

Rick Santorum: Latest polls imply he will win Republican nomination race in Ohio as well as rival Mitt Romney’s home state of Michigan

Obama targets Santorum to confuse Republicans

As former senator surges ahead of Mitt Romney, President's aides question his 'divisive' policies

Rick Santorum: Earnings in 2010 $923,000. Tax rate 31 per cent

Santorum is party's poor relation – with a salary of $1m

But wealth of 'poorest' candidate sets him apart from blue-collar image he is trying to project

Pennsylvania bank robbed at gum-point

Police say a woman who appeared to not have any teeth in surveillance photos from a bank robbery last month has confessed, apologised and said she planned the heist because she needed the money for dentures.

Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich and his wife, Callista, on the campaign trail in Iowa

Republicans braced for the Iowa judgement

Across a wind-whipped Iowa, the runners in the Republican nomination race reached out for support one last time yesterday, amid signs of continuing skittishness among voters who will gather in caucus meetings tonight to pick their favourite to take on Barack Obama in November.

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