Investigators and first responders work near the wreckage of an Amtrak Northeast Regional Train in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on May 13th, 2015. Photograph: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images

The Amtrak train that derailed along one of the the busiest US tracks on Wednesday, killing eight and injuring more than 200, may have been struck by (...)

Google’s new self-driving prototype car. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

This week Google confirmed that its self-driving cars had been involved in 11 minor traffic incidents since it started autonomous vehicle experiments (...)

 Emergency personnel man a barricade near the wreckage of an Amtrak passenger train carrying more than 200 passengers from Washington, DC to New York that derailed  in north Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At least five people were killed and more than 50 others were injured in the crash. Photograph: Mark Makela/Getty Images 1:00

The train that crashed in Philadelphia on Tuesday night having derailed on a bend, killing at least seven people, was travelling at 106 miles per hour(...)

Women take a selfie as they stand in an uncharacteristically empty Times Square, New York City January 27th, 2015. Photograph: REUTERS/Adrees Latif 1:38

New York City, which was shut down overnight, was spared the worst of a snowstorm that swept across the Northeast early Tuesday and slowly returned to(...)

Things to see in Chicago  include the Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum of Natural History and the Art Institute of Chicago
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My daughter is studying in Springfield, Illinois, for a year and my husband, 17-year-old son and I are planning to visit. We need to go mid-term in(...)

An abandoned car  in Buffalo, New York. Temperatures in all 50 US states dipped to freezing or below on Tuesday as an unseasonably cold blast of weather moved across the country while heavy snow prompted a state of emergency in western New York and contributed to the deaths of four people. Photograph: Lindsay DeDario/Reuters

A powerful snowstorm has swept across western New York, creating snow drifts as high as houses, trapping people in their homes and forcing hundreds of(...)

Amtrack’s almost three-hour Acela Express train journey connects Union Station in Washington DC (above) with New York. Photograph: Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Amtrak

Before the train pulls into Philadelphia’s 30th Street train station en route from New York City to Washington DC, conductor Michael Sternfeld announc(...)

The news this month that Amtrak, the US rail operator, is to introduce writers-in-residence on its 15 long-distance routes reminds us of the li(...)

Historian Frank Watson (right), and brothers Bill Schandelmeier and Earl Schandelmeier examine a tree stump at the resting place of seven of 57 Irish labourers who perished at a railroad construction site in 1832. Photograph: Mark Makela/Reuters

The Irish enjoyed another warm embrace in Washington yesterday as Taoiseach Enda Kenny passed shamrock and swapped compliments with US preside(...)

Pedestrians cross Seventh Avenue as snow falls in New York on Thursday, February 13th. A state of emergency has been declared in the state.  Photograph: Peter Foley/EPA

Heavy snow blanketed the north-eastern United States, disrupting travel for hundreds of thousands of people, shutting down the government and m(...)