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He's rich and well-connected. But Michael Skakel's case deserves close examination

John F Kennedy: Assassinated, 1963

Kennedy’s assassination had such an impact that even those of us who were very young at the time carry the memory with us

What it was like to be six years old on that day in  November 1963

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Martin's Dream, By Clayborne Carson

Candace Allen – who was there – explores the legacy of a day, and a vision, that endure

Poverty trap: A child in Camden, New Jersey, the most impoverished US city

Poverty: The election issue that dare not speak its name

Out of America: Neither Obama nor Romney has much to say on the 46 million who live below the breadline

JFK planned to order the invasion and deliver the speech if Soviet ships carrying nuclear missiles arrived in Cuba during the 13 tense days of the Cuban Missile Crisis

Revealed: The exact words JFK would have used to announce World War III after Cuban Missile Crisis, and a mafia-assisted plot to kill Fidel Castro and Che Guevara

JFK planned to order the invasion and deliver the speech if Soviet ships carrying nuclear missiles arrived in Cuba during the 13 tense days of the Cuban Missile Crisis

Unification Church founders Sun Myung Moon and Hak Ja Han Moon

Page 3 Profile: Sun Myung Moon, Unification Church founder

What, this chap created a religion?

Kennedys open up for TV documentary on RFK's widow

The Kennedys may be America's most famous political dynasty, but it took one of their own to get them to open up about their private lives and their place in U.S. history.

Jonathan Franzen seldom goes for the jugular

Literary spats: Now Vidal has gone, we need a feud good men

With the death of Gore Vidal, US literature loses a master of contempt. With his Roman-senator looks and his curled-lip disdain for lesser mortals, Vidal was a brilliant hater. Acid ran in his veins. Insults were the air he breathed. Put-downs were the bulk of his discourse. He said the three saddest words in the English language were "Joyce Carol Oates". He remarked that Andy Warhol was "the only genius I know of with an IQ of 60" (he later revised this to 20.) He was even rude about English cities. Standing in a rainy Midlands literary festival he once told an interviewer, with heavy sarcasm: "I count a year wasted that does not include a visit to..." (pause) "Bir-ming-ham."

Mary Kennedy is exhumed and reburied

Seven weeks after she hanged herself, Mary Richardson Kennedy was reburied in a Cape Cod cemetery 700 feet from her original grave near other Kennedy family members.

Mary Richardson Kennedy's relatives criticise claims made in divorce affidavit

Robert F. Kennedy Jr's accusations about his estranged wife's behaviour before her suicide amounted to "a brutal psychological weapon", her family said.

Mary Richardson Kennedy: Suicide, 2012

Kennedy: a dynasty cursed?

The suicide of Bobby's daughter-in-law re-opens the old debate. By Rupert Cornwall

Mary Richardson Kennedy: Suicide, 2012

The curse of the Kennedys

The death of Mary Richardson Kennedy has once again thrown the spotlight on the goldfish bowl that is life in America's most famous family

Mary Richardson Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. in 2009

The Kennedy Curse strikes again as estranged wife of Robert F Kennedy Jr is found dead

The curse of the Kennedy family has struck again after Mary Richardson Kennedy, the estranged wife of Robert F Kennedy Jr, was found dead today.

F&C set for growth slowdown

Jeremy Tigue, the fund manager behind the £2bn-plus Foreign & Colonial (F&C) investment trust, yesterday said profit and dividend growth from the companies it invests in is set to slow down in 2012 alongside fewer takeover bids.

Pierre with family members in Santo Domingo in 2006

Sonia Pierre: Human rights activist

Sonia Pierre, a human rights activist who had fought discrimination against Dominicans of Haitian descent since she was a child, died on 4 December following a heart attack at the age of 48. For decades her activism had made her the target of threats in the Dominican Republic, which shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti, but it earned her recognition from overseas as a defender of human rights, including an award from Amnesty International in 2003.

The Girl in the Polka Dot Dress, By Beryl Bainbridge

Beryl Bainbridge's almost-finished but still frustrating final novel is a terse and pared back picaresque, set in the year of RFK's assassination
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