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The stars of the TV series Glee in full song

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US TV stars will boost charity by introducing song to a new generation

Howard Tate: Soul singer who was given a second chance at a musical career

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The Roots, Hammersmith Apollo, London

Few groups have the musical courage of The Roots. Philadelphia's favourite hip-hop sons approach a genre overrun with blandness and imitation, with the intelligence and precision of a mathematician, combined with an alchemist's passion for experimentation. What other group, regardless of genre, would not only employ a full-time sousaphone player but start their show with a solo from him? It's hard to imagine anyone else having the nerve, much less the talent, to make it work.

The Roots - Late-night success after a move from hip-hop to house music

The Roots' regular gig as resident band on a US chat-show has given the veterans new impetus, their co-leader tells Ian Burrell

Man charged after ton of ivory seized

Officials confiscated roughly a ton of ivory in one of the largest seizures on record and arrested the owner of an African art store who is accused of smuggling carved elephant tusks into the United States.

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Mothers may pass their genes down to their daughters, but it appears the reverse is true when it comes to their taste in jeans.

Ryan Dunn: Comedian and stuntman who became a mainstay of the 'Jackass' team

Ryan Dunn was one of the original member of the Jackass crew that became a global phenomenon with their perilous stunts and vulgar gags.

Welcome to the City of Brotherly Love

City Slicker: Philadelphia - Philadelphia is urban America at its most friendly and relaxed. Sarah Donnelly offers ideas for new and returning visitors

Don't stop the music: beloved US orchestra forced into bankruptcy

The Philadelphia Orchestra, one of America's most prestigious ensembles and a favourite among classical music lovers around the world, not least in Britain, is expected to file for bankruptcy this week in a desperate effort to pull itself back from the brink of extinction.

Can caffeine make us healthy?

We're always being told to cut down on caffeine for our wellbeing &ndash; yet new studies suggest it could protect against a range of diseases. Kate Hilpern filters fact from froth

A modern-day Pompeii? The exodus from Motor City

Long battered Detroit has suffered a new blow, with the release of the 2010 census showing its population shrunk by 25 per cent over the last decade, equivalent to one person leaving the city every 20 minutes.

Rupert Cornwell: Is this the biggest art heist in history?

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Claudia Adusei/Aderotimi

On 10 February, we reported from a news agency source that Claudia Adusei, 20, from London, died after buttock enhancement treatment in Philadelphia.  The agency had been misinformed that the girl was Claudia Adusei, when it was, in fact, Claudia Aderotimi who died.  We apologise for any distress caused to the families concerned.

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A young British woman has died after undergoing a suspected back-street cosmetic treatment in Philadelphia.

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