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President Barack Obama delivers a speech on gun control at the University of Hartford

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Fearful of electoral defeat, members of President's own party help shoot down gun control bill

FBI investigate secret recording of US Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell planning mental health smear of opponent and actress Ashley Judd

McConnell's campaign team claim the recording is the result of bugging from the political left

Hollywood actors Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart (centre) with soldiers from F Company the Scots Guards at Wellington Barracks in London.

Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart visit British troops to promote Olympus Has Fallen

Hollywood heroes Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart dropped in to see British troops last night, ahead of a special screening of their new movie.

President Obama will forgo five per cent of his salary

Barack Obama forgoes 5% of salary to 'show solidarity' with government workers

Barack Obama is to forgo 5 per cent of his official salary in a move designed to show common cause with government workers hit by the so-called sequestration – budget cuts that are eliminating overtime for some and forcing others to take an unpaid leave of absence.

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George Bush is the most expensive former president

George W Bush most expensive former president at $1.3m last year

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A 44-year-old immigrant from the Dominican Republic has won a $338m (£222m) lottery jackpot in the US.

The comedian Stephen Colbert serves food with his sister, Elizabeth Colbert Busch, during a fund-raiser

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Small Georgia town planning to approve a measure mandating gun ownership

Less than three months on from the tragic massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School and the fervent calls for gun control that followed, a small Georgia town is on the cusp of approving a measure mandating gun ownership for every household.

International Women’s Day: fearless, female and a force to be reckoned with

Hey ladies, it’s our day today. Some might say that half the population need more than just 24 hours... and we’d agree. But with global events shedding light on women’s rights, and Michelle Obama recognising extraordinary heroines, it’s a small step in the right direction.

Professor Robert Richardson: Physicist and Nobel laureate

Professor Robert Richardson: Physicist and Nobel laureate

Robert C Richardson, who died from complications of a heart attack on 19 February at the age of 75, was a Cornell University professor who shared a Nobel Prize for a key discovery in experimental physics. He and his fellow Cornell researchers David Lee and Douglas Osheroff were awarded the Nobel for 1996 for their 1971 work on low-temperature physics involving the isotope helium-3.

Postcard from... Washington

Finally, downtown Washington is getting rid of the FBI. Not the organisation – what with cyber-crime, terrorism and shooting rampages, the services of the “Feds” are more in demand than ever – but the eyesore that is the Bureau’s headquarters.

Count your stars: David Price staggers to his feet after being knocked down

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David Price's world – and perhaps his world heavyweight title ambitions – came crashing down in the Liverpool Echo Arena last night when the previously undefeated British champion was sensationally beaten in two rounds by American veteran Tony Thompson.

Leaks found in underground tanks holding radioactive and toxic waste at US's Hanford nuclear site

Six underground tanks that hold a brew of radioactive and toxic waste at the most contaminated US nuclear site are leaking.

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