Californian health lobby sets sights on state rock

Once upon a time, California's energetic public health lobby concentrated on trying to stop people from smoking, or drinking beer, or from making a daily pilgrimage to their local fast-food restaurant. Now, having presumably run out of other things to ban, they have launched a crusade against a naturally occurring green mineral.

Coffee reduces risk of cancer, study shows

Drinking coffee may protect against mouth and throat cancers, research suggests.

Paul Vallely: Does it matter how they killed him?

Ronnie Lee Gardner's death by firing squad in Utah raises more questions about legalised killing

World opinion condemns the US for a 'savage' execution

Around the world and across the US, the firing squad execution in Utah has been met with a wave of criticism from those entirely opposed to the death penalty and those who say that shooting is not the most humane method of killing a prisoner.

The doomed life of a troubled killer who never had a chance

If ever a man was destined to be added to the list of the 1,217 people executed since capital punishment was restored in the US in 1976, it was surely Ronnie Lee Gardner.

Debussy, four bullets, a dozen balloons: a Utah firing squad does its job

After 25 years on death row, Ronnie Lee Gardner was executed yesterday. David Usborne reports on the disturbing details

US killer Ronnie Lee Gardner executed by firing squad

A firing squad executed a convicted killer today, US prison officials said.

Judge puts hold on Gary Coleman's cremation

A judge ordered that Diff'rent Strokes actor Gary Coleman's remains be cremated no sooner than tomorrow afternoon, so Coleman's ex-girlfriend has enough time to travel from Oregon to Utah to see his body.

Double murderer set to be last American killed by firing squad

On death row and running out of appeals, Ronnie Lee Gardner has chosen to be shot

David Usborne: I was there the last time this grisly execution method was used

We saw and heard nothing. Not the blood in the metal pan slotted beneath the death seat, nor the single boom of five rifles going off in choreographed unison. They had allowed reporters into the prison on the night of John Albert Taylor's execution but had no intention of letting us see any of the gore and mess.

Gary Coleman: Child star of the television sitcom 'Diff'rent Strokes' who faced legal and personal problems in later life

The American television sitcom Diff'rent Strokes turned the 10-year-old Gary Coleman into a worldwide star, but he proved to be right at the top of that league of child actors who experience a much-troubled life after such early fame.

Child star Gary Coleman dies at 42

The actor Gary Coleman, who soared to fame in the 1970s as the child star of TV sitcom Diff'rent Strokes before suffering a huge reversal of fortune, has died from a brain haemorrhage, aged 42.

Utah senator falls victim to Tea Party activists

The Tea Party insurgency sweeping through the US Republican Party has claimed its first sitting senator, dramatically raising the stakes for the mid-term elections in November.

Call of the wild: Hitting the heights in Utah's most dramatic national park

The US gave us the world's first national park and the country now has 58 to choose from, including Zion in Utah, where natural wonders coincide with a new respect for the environment

South Park duo to make Broadway musical about Mormons

The last time they took on a minority religion, the creators of South Park found themselves at the centre of an international dispute involving Tom Cruise and the Church of Scientology, which prompted a senior cast member to quit and saw the offending episode of their satirical cartoon banned from broadcast in the UK, for fear of prompting a libel suit.

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