The merger of the Kinder siblings, expected to be finished by the end of this year, will create the largest energy infrastructure company in North America with an 80,000-mile network of pipes that together would be long enough to circle the Earth three times.  Photograph: Tim Rue/Bloomberg News.

Houston billionaire Richard Kinder is consolidating his pipeline empire to strengthen it for growth as the US shale drilling boom opens up $1.5 trilli(...)

A Texas Department of Criminal Justice photo shows Suzanne Margaret Basso, a death row inmate who is due to be executed tonight for her role in the death of a mentally disabled man. Photograph: Texas Department of Criminal Justice/Handout via Reuters.

In an event rare even for the US’s busiest death chamber, Suzanne Basso is set to become the 14th woman executed in America since the death penalty wa(...)

State Pathologist Prof Marie Cassidy: “I can make no comment. I know as much as you do about this.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The former deputy State pathologist Dr Khalid Jaber who unexpectedly resigned from his post has given strong indications to the office of the (...)

Conor Pope shopping at Aldi in East Wall, Dublin. Photograph: Frank Miller

Switch to own-brand and save is the message that retailers are selling in these cash-strapped times. They point out that by doing so, Irish consumers (...)

James Connolly addressing the masses in Union Square on May Day in 1908. It is the only published photograph of the labour activist during his time in the US and one of the only occasions he was ever photographed speaking. Photograph: Library of Congress

“Tomorrow is Labor Day,” proclaimed the ad in the Chicago Daily Tribune of September 5th, 1909. “With the last picnic event of the Socialist Party, wi(...)