Cold, hard cash: Utah brings back the silver dollar

Guy Adams reports from Salt Lake City on why America is turning away from bills and back to an era when currency had real value

From Utah to Vanuatu: Champions League goes global

Uefa's flagship tournament has inspired copycat versions from Salt Lake to the South Seas. Glenn Moore charts the expansion

Pollution row hits mining firm supplying Olympic medals

Pollution from the copper mine chosen to produce metal for the medals awarded at the 2012 London Olympics is responsible for up to 200 premature deaths each year, campaigners have claimed.

How Canyons became the definite article

Expansion, investment and improvements have made this Utah ski area the third largest in the US – and it even boasts a beach, discovers Stephen Wood

Mike Starr: Bassist and self-destructive founder-member of the Seattle band Alice in Chains

When the grunge band Alice In Chains named their 1990 debut EP We Die Young after the eponymous composition by their guitarist and primary songwriter Jerry Cantrell, it proved sadly prophetic.

How 127 Hours was brought to the big screen

John Smithson bought the rights to what was to become an Oscar-nominated movie back in 2004 but he faced a long battle to get the film made

The Timeline: Land speed records

1898: Smashing the 40mph mark

Frenchman Count Gaston de Chasseloup-Laubat sets the world land speed record at a track at Achères in France.

Sundance - The future looks bright in Utah

From global video diaries to skewed romcoms, the Sundance Film Festival has shone a light on some great new cinema, says Emma Jones

Welcome to Utah – please shoot carefully

Just three weeks after the Arizona massacre, its trigger-happy neighbouring state has made a Browning semi-automatic pistol its official symbol

127 Hours (15)

Starring: James Franco, Kate Mara, Amber Tamblyn, Treat Williams

Call of the wild: Director Danny Boyle on '127 Hours', the first must-see film of 2011

Before he takes on the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics, there's the small matter of following 'Slumdog Millionaire'. Danny Boyle talks to Craig McLean about '127 Hours', and why an action-loving city boy had to make a film about a man pinned under a boulder

Would-be reality star with four wives and 16 children sparks row over polygamy

When the advertising salesman Kody Brown, his wife Meri, and his three other wives, Janelle, Christine and Robyn, decided to invite a film crew into the home they share with no less than 16 children, they presumed that a life of reality TV stardom would beckon.

Dinosaur with 25 horns unearthed

A dinosaur which had a "crown of horns" and lived between 65 and 100 million years ago has been unearthed by scientists.

First Night: 127 Hours, Toronto Film Festival

Uncomfortable viewing, but a compelling piece of work

US polygamist leader faces new trial

The Utah Supreme Court has reversed the convictions of the polygamist leader Warren Jeffs and ordered a new trial.

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