News George Stinney, the youngest person ever executed in South Carolina, in 1944

George Stinney was 14 when executed for a crime his family says he didn’t commit. A retrial may clear his name

Fangs but no fangs: bid to honour author of Dracula falls victim to Irish cash woes

We'll have the statue if you pay, Dublin city fathers tell Bram Stoker's descendants. David McKittrick reports

Plane hits and kills man on South Carolina beach

A single-engine plane with oil on its windshield struck and killed a man on a Hilton Head beach Monday afternoon as the pilot was attempting to make an emergency landing, authorities said.

The truth is out there: 13/03/2010

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Owl City and the One-man wonders

Owl City is Adam Young, who wrote his debut album in a basement and is now No 1. Chris Mugan reports on how the net provides a great springboard for single-person bands like his, as well as Memory Tapes and Toro Y Moi

Jack Nelson

Jack Nelson, who died on 21 October aged 80, was a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter who covered the civil rights movement and the Watergate scandal for the Los Angeles Times and was the paper's Washington bureau chief for 20 years.

Cancer warning over paraffin-based candles

The table is set. Rose petals are scattered. Barry White is playing.

Rev Ike: Preacher who worshipped wealth

In many American evangelical churches, prosperity is seen as a sign of God’s blessing, and the display of material wealth by church leaders a reflection of that blessing; the pure essence of what Max Weber defined as “the Protestant ethic and spirit of capitalism”. Few evangelists appealed more directly for that blessing, or flaunted worldly success more flamboyantly, than the Reverend Ike, who has died aged 74. And none encouraged their congregations more enthusiastically to do the same, to “close your eyes and see green!”

My Life In Travel: Ruth Wilson, actress

'In Namibia you're surrounded by the sounds of nature'

Police shoot dead Carolina serial killer

The serial killer who terrorised a South Carolina community by shooting dead five people before police killed him was a career criminal paroled just two months ago, authorities said today.

US teen fifth person killed by serial killer

A teenage girl shot while helping her father in their family's small furniture and appliance store died yesterday, becoming the fifth victim of a suspected serial killer terrorizing a small South Carolina community, authorities said.

Rupert Cornwell: In praise of the redoubtable Mrs Sanford

Out of America: When the governor of South Carolina broke the news of his extramarital affair, his wife wasn't standing by her man

Governor 'will not resign' after love affair in Argentina

South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford admitted yesterday that his first thought as the scandal broke about his extramarital affair with an Argentinian woman was to leave office with 18 months to go in his last term. Close spiritual and political associates urged him to instead fight to restore the public's — and his family's — trust.

'Missing' Governor cries over Argentine affair

Extra-marital sex and lust in foreign climes – not a love of highland hiking – turned out to be the explanation for the six-day disappearance of the Governor of South Carolina, Mark Sanford, which had plunged all of his state and half of America into a guessing-game about his possible whereabouts.

Sister Act, Palladium, London

Those wacky old nuns on Wimple Street are leaping about like nobody's business, as if this theatre's previous incumbents in The Sound of Music had been given a blessing to boogie. How do you solve a problem called Deloris, the lounge singer who's witnessed a killing? You camouflage her in a convent and round up the bad guys by flushing 'em out in a fit of funk.

Funeral home cut legs off corpse to fit in coffin

US authorities revoked the licences of a funeral home and its director after he admitted one of his employees cut the legs of a 6ft 7in man without the family's permission so the corpse would fit in a coffin.

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