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The rare violin is known as the Lipinski and was on loan to the lead violinist Frank Almond

Waters still rising on the Mississippi

A US Army engineer inspects sandbags on the banks of the Mississippi river in Natchez yesterday, where cargo was slowly moving along the flooded river after a costly daylong standstill.

Video: Mississippi flood devastation

The bulging Mississippi River has rolled into the fertile Mississippi Delta, threatening to destroy cotton, rice and corn fields.

Video: US prepares for record floods

Floodgates are opened near to New Orleans to divert record high Mississippi River flow.

Video: US Army blow up levee

Engineers have blown up a Mississippi River levee in Missouri as rising waters continue to threaten towns in several US states.

Mark Steel: We need the spirit of Wisconsin

It must be part of the Coalition agreement that every day every member of the Government has to do the speech full of weird facts about how much debt we're in. So they explain they have to implement cuts like this: "Let me give you some idea of the problem we face. Because Labour overspent, Britain now owes £4 for every molecule in the country. We owe more than the value of Venus, indeed if the deficit was a bee it could sting the whole of Spain. If Jesus came back to Earth he would need seven separate miracles to get rid of the debt, and if the deficit was a cabbage it would be no less than nine cabbages."

Video: Giant sinkhole swallows up cars in US

A giant sinkhole in Wisconsin ate up a couple of parked cars following a burst water pipe.

Wisconsin Republicans 'exercise nuclear option' to pass union-busting law

The political tumult in Wisconsin reached full tilt yesterday as the state legislature prepared to give final approval to a controversial law stripping nearly all collective bargaining rights from public sector workers and dealing a potentially crippling blow to organised labour groups.

Rupert Cornwell: Teachers, the new scapegoats of the right

Out of America: As school standards fall, the classroom has become the latest front in the war over public spending cuts

Governor's ultimatum to Wisconsin unions tests Republican power

The showdown between Wisconsin's Republican governor and his Democratic and public employee opponents has grown only fiercer in a state budget battle that has turned into the biggest national controversy over unions and their rights since Ronald Reagan sacked striking federal air-traffic controllers in 1981.

Leading article: An unlikely rediscovery of union muscle

Today the stand-off between the Wisconsin state government and its public-sector trade unions could come to a head. The battle is between a Republican governor intent on curbing the benefits and power of the unions and tens of thousands of public employees, supported by Democratic legislators, who are determined not to lose their jobs, pay or bargaining rights.

Wisconsin's 'war on workers' spreads to other states

The showdown over union rights that has paralysed politics in Wisconsin is spreading to other American states, threatening to trigger a national "workers war" of a kind not seen since Ronald Reagan fired air traffic controllers en masse 30 years ago.

US workers protest over plan to limit union power

Obama faces new political battle as rally by public-sector employees in state of Wisconsin evokes spirit of Middle East

Packers' Super Bowl victory could be the last NFL action of the year

Rodgers leads Green Bay to tense victory but brewing salaries dispute could lead next season to be cancelled

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