Adrian Peterson is accused of using a branch to slap his son in an incident last May. Photograph: Jeff Curry/USA Today

Minnesota's Adrian Peterson accused of hitting son with branch

US defence secretary Chuck Hagel (left) and joint chiefs of staff chairman Gen Martin Dempsey testify on Capitol Hill yesterday. Photograph: Getty Images

Comments of chairman of the joint chiefs of staff at odds with president’s position

Rory Staunton: who died in 2012 from septic shock after he received a scratch on his arm during a basketball game. Photograph: The “New York Times”

Parents of boy who died from infection campaigning to raise awareness

Irish ambassador to the US Anne Anderson told an investor conference in Washington that the 12.5 per cent company tax rate will remain as a “sovereign right”.

Ambassador to US tells conference that Ireland will take tax avoidance issue seriously

Former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton and her husband, former US president Bill Clinton, at the Harkin ‘steak fry’ in Indianola, Iowa. Photograph: Reuters/Jim Young

Former secretary of state’s visit to Iowa intensifies expectation of candidacy

The flag that inspired the US national anthem ‘Star-Spangled Banner’, in the Smithsonian museum in Washington. Years ago parts of the flag were snipped off and handed out as mementos. The Smithsonian has reacquired some of them and added them to its collection. Photograph: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

America Letter: slave-owning writer of US national anthem commemorated

John Rusnak in one of his ZIPS Dry Cleaners franchises in Baltimore: I’d love to build a thousand of these stores and make a million dollars. photograph: baltimore sun

Rogue trader John Rusnak looks for redemption in the laundry business

Sean Dunne’s application to end his US bankruptcy case will be heard by a Connecticut judge at trial in December.

Biggest creditors, who are owed bulk of €700m, to object to motion

US football player Ray Rice: video showed him knocking fiancée unconscious with a blow to the head and dragging her out of a lift. Photograph: Gary Cameron/Reuters

Investigation to examine league’s handling of evidence in domestic-violence inquiry

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