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Kenneth Starr, the independent prosecutor investigating allegations that President Bill Clinton had an affair with White House trainee Monica Lewinsky and lied about it under oath, said yesterday that his inquiry was making "very significant progress". He would not confirm, however, that Ms Lewinsky had been given a deadline to tell all she knew or face prosecution.

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You might think furtive lovers should be offering up thanks this week after news that major companies in the US have relaxed the rules on romances between workers.

Clinton `witness' denies claim

Another tantalising hint of evidence that might yet incriminate President Clinton and the 21-year old White House trainee, Monica Lewinsky, was produced today by the Wall Street Journal.

Clinton accused: What the Americans think

The polls had some good news for President Bill Clinton yesterday morning. A joint survey conducted by the Wall Street Journal and NBC News showed that he was enjoying his highest approval rating since his first election in 1992. No less than 62 per cent of those polled said he was doing a good job.

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Britain's Two Fat Ladies have served up suet pudding in the land of the clinically obese and the diet-obsessive. US fans have taken our telly tubbies to their hearts and a revolt against fat-free living has begun, says Paul McCann.

US states edge near tobacco deal

Negotiators for American states and the tobacco industry were locked in talks yesterday to try and resolve contentious issues and reach a landmark tobacco settlement of lawsuits by the end of the week.

BLT: British, lousy and tasteless

British don't use their loaf over sandwiches, say Americans

Dow Jones vows to fight pounds 139m libel damages

The Dow Jones Company, publisher of the Wall Street Journal, is vowing to fight back after being slapped with record-breaking libel damages of $222.7m (pounds 139m) arising from an article about a now-defunct Texas bond firm.

America's parents possessed by Elmo mania

It's official: the 1996 Christmas Craze Award in the kiddies' toy category (United States and Canada) is awarded to a stuffed toy in deep crimson with bug eyes and bright nose recognisable to fans of Sesame Street as Elmo. Only this guy likes to have his tummy rubbed and goes by"Tickle Me Elmo".

SPORT IN AMERICA 2: Soccer secures a new home

On the eve of the inaugural MLS final, John Carlin reports how the nation's children finally have idols of their own

Raytheon talks may herald US tie-up

McDonnell Douglas is believed to be in talks with Raytheon about combining their aviation and defence businesses or even possibly an outright merger, which could herald one more big consolidation of the US defence industry.

Obituary: Vermont Royster

Vermont Connecticut Royster, who was born in North Carolina and lived most of his life in New York, was one of the most distinguished and unflagging journalists produced in America this century.

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Did you snigger at the farmer who, after reaching an impasse in a bitter dispute with NatWest bank, emptied his muckspreader on them? Well, control yourself. This excitable vigilante (right) is pounds 2,000 poorer. The bank, being unable to see the funny side of their front door, sued him to recover the cost of removing his unauthorised, ahem, deposit.

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