Kauai is balmy year-round, with a constant light breeze that means it never feels unbearably hot

As our flight took off from San Francisco International Airport and headed west over the Pacific, leaving the great landmass that is North America (...)

Jeralean Talley, the world’s oldest-known living person, gets a hug from a family member during her 116th birthday celebration last month. She passed away on Wednesday. Photograph:  Rena Laverty/EPA. 1:11

Jeralean Talley, the world’s oldest-known person, has died in Michigan 26 days after her 116th birthday, a family spokeswoman has said. Born on May 2(...)

Former Governor of Maryland Martin O’Malley waves to the crowd with his wife, Katie, after formally announcing his campaign for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination in Maryland. Photograph: Jim Bourg/Reuters

Barbara O’Malley recalls the first time her son Martin ran for office. It was high school, the eighth grade and O’Malley was 14. As well as passing on(...)

A tornado in Cisco, Texas, last week. Photograph: Brian Khoury/Reuters

In June 1956, David Hoadley was a teenager when a storm passed through his home town of Bismarck, North Dakota, which is at the northernmost end of Am(...)

 Hillary Clinton’s 1979 interview: the then first lady of Arkansas shared her views on the benefits of being young in elected office, privacy in public life and the strains on “a political marriage”.

A 36-year-old television interview with Hillary Rodham, then first lady of Arkansas, has been unearthed in which the future presidential candidate sha(...)

Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, holding his grandson Chandler, as he formally launches his bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination during an event in Hope, Arkansas, on Tuesday. With Mr Huckabee is his wife Janet, holding granddaughter Scarlett. Photograph:  Mike Stone/Reuters

Republican Mike Huckabee entered the race for his party’s 2016 presidential nomination on Tuesday, looking to break out from an ever-widening field by(...)

Opera On The Streets for MusicTown 2015. Maria Kelly, Sylvia O’Brien, Sarah Shine and Rachel Croash promoting the Wide Open Opera show for the festival.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

MusicTown festivalThe inaugural festival kicked off in Dublin city on Friday and will run until April 19th. The eclectic programme includes more than (...)

Gertrude Weaver, who has died at the age of 116, is pictured Camden, Arkansas. Photograph: Reuters/Silver Oaks Health and Rehabilitation Facility/Handout

Gertrude Weaver, who last week became the world’s oldest-known living person, has died at the age of 116 at a senior care facility in Arkansas, off(...)

Daniel and Amy McArthur of Ashers bakery leaving Laganside Court in Belfast. Photograph: Stephen Kilkenny/PA Wire

Spare a thought for the beleaguered bakers and the offended florists. From Northern Ireland to the US states of Indiana and Arkansas, the Christian(...)

Indiana senate president David Long (left) and house speaker Brian Bosma during a press conference at the Capitol in Indianapolis. Photograph: Aaron P Bernstein/Getty Images

Republicans stepped back from Indiana’s “religious freedom” law as state lawmakers moved to change the legislation amid uproar that the anti-gay stat(...)