News Allan Umscheid, owner of Yards By Al in Lawrence, Kan, feels the bitter wind and catches drifting snow on his face as he runs a snow blower early morning

With Arctic winds plummeting temperatures to  -50C, much of North America has shut down as authorities warn of the life-threatening freeze

Baseball: Fan puts McGwire homer in $1m class

MIKE DAVIDSON of St Louis will not accept even $1 million (pounds 0.6m) for the ball that Cardinals' Mark McGwire equalled Roger Maris' single-season home run record in the 3-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium on Monday.

Baseball: McGwire matches record

MARK MCGWIRE hit his 61st home run of the season yesterday to equal Roger Maris' all-time record for a season, set in 1961.

Balloonist in good spirits after rescue

STEVE FOSSETT, the American millionaire adventurer, was picked up by an Australian yacht yesterday after his round-the-world balloon was apparently struck by lightning and ditched in the Coral Sea.

Clinton's Testimony: The Lewinsky Chronicles: How The Story Unfolded

June 1995: Monica Lewinsky begins work at the White House as an unpaid intern.

Fears for Fossett as balloon loses contact with base

MILLIONAIRE balloonist Steve Fossett lost contact with his control centre while over the South Pacific last night, amid fears that he might have gone down in the water.

Obituary: Royce Kendall

THE KENDALLS - Royce and Jeannie - were the most successful father/daughter team in country music. Jeannie's distinctive lead and Royce's light baritone harmonised effortlessly on more than twenty Top Forty hits, including their signature tune, "Heaven's Just a Sin Away" (1977).

Burroughs: No ordinary life: from petit bourgeois to Beat hipster

For a man who became the signifier of all that was terminally hip William Burroughs, born in February 1914, had an upbringing which was mundane, relatively affluent, remorselessly anonymous.

Obituary: Sir Bernard Ledwidge

BERNARD LEDWIDGE became a writer in the last two decades of his life having spent much of it in the Diplomatic Service, ending his career as ambassador to Israel.

Memories of Martha

Martha Gellhorn, who died last week aged 89, was one of our century's greatest war reporters. To her readers she gave hard truth. To friends she gave whisky and warmth

Not just in the comedy camp

Interview: Kevin Kline

World balloon attempt fails

Steve Fossett's fourth attempt to pilot a balloon non-stop around the world ended on the edge of the Black Sea yesterday, stymied by low winds, low fuel, and equipment problems that left him shivering in his cockpit.

Win Classic MGM Musicals

As a tribute to the enduring popularity of film classics such as Singing in the Rain and High Society, MGM is relaunching 12 classic titles on video from 3 November.

American Football: 49ers make it four wins in a row

The San Francisco 49ers had their fourth successive win on Monday, against their NFC West Division rivals, the Carolina Panthers.

Mississippi Journey Part Two: The fog was down. Lee talked about his iddy-biddy home

2am in Dresbach Slough, on the Upper Mississippi, riding the towboat JoAnne Stegbauer, river pilot Mike Pope at the helm. Thick fog had forced us to slow the 3,200hp engines to a crawl. Ahead of us the three giant anhydrous ammonia barges we were pushing were hardly visible even with our spotlights full on. If there was a Mississippi moon shining on me I couldn't see it.

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David Abraham: Big ideas for the small screen

David Abraham: Big ideas for the small screen

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