Bill Cosby, who declined to answer questions by a National Public Radio journalist about accusations of sexual assault that resurfaced in recent weeks. Photograph: Eric Thayer/Files/Reuters

The short exchange was excruciatingly awkward. Bill Cosby, veteran comedian and one of the biggest American television stars of the 1980s, was being i(...)

 Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning  is surrounded by the media after a game against the San Francisco 49ers in which he broke the all-time NFL record with 509 career touchdowns. Photograph:  t Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

Peyton Manning paid tribute to team-mates past and present after breaking Brett Favre’s NFL record for most career touchdown passes.Denver Broncos qu(...)

Jody May-Chang greets a friend as couples gather at the Ada County Courthouse in Idaho to apply for same-sex marriage licences, moments before the ruling. Photograph: Patrick Sweeney/Reuters

The US supreme court has temporarily blocked an appeals court ruling on same-sex marriage bans in Idaho and Nevada that would have allowed gay couple(...)

Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer (right) is charged with aggravated assault in connection with two alleged incidents of domestic violence. Photograph: Brad Penner/Reuters

The National Football League’s woes continue to mount after another professional American footballer was arrested on domestic violence charges, addin(...)

 San Diego Chargers receiver Keenan Allen (left) can’t avoid  Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas. Photograph: Paul Buck

Defending Super Bowl champions the Seattle Seahawks experienced a surprise 30-21 loss to the San Diego Chargers while Peyton Manning led the Denver B(...)

Still image from the video clip of gun instructor  showing the girl (9) how to shoot an Uzi.  0:34

A shooting instructor has died after he was accidentally shot while showing a nine-year-old girl how to use an automatic Uzi, authorities in Arizona s(...)

A leg up? Not all self-help books are worthy of the name

A massive self-help industry has grown up worldwide in recent times – books, DVDs, films, courses, seminars, retreats – all designed to help people(...)

Philadelphia Maria Walsh: the winning Rose at the 2014 Rose of Tralee International Festival. Photograph:Domnick Walsh

Philadelphia Rose Maria Walsh was last night crowned as the 2014 Rose of Tralee.A native of Boston, Massachusetts, Ms Walsh moved to the south Mayo vi(...)

Rosheen McGuckian: “I’m not secretly driven, I know that for a fact.” photograph: brenda fitzsimons

As NTR chief executive Rosheen McGuckian (Rosh for short) tells it, she’s something of an accidental CEO. Her journey to the top of the corporate ladd(...)

Arizona Department of Corrections handout showing Joseph Rudolph Wood who was executed by lethal injection in Florence, Arizona. Photograph: Arizona Department of Correction / EPA

The Arizona attorney general has called a temporary halt to executions in the state, a day after convicted killer Joseph Wood died one hour and 57 min(...)