Too close for comfort: Kay Hagan’s opponents have used her kiss from Barack Obama last week against her. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty
Obama: kiss of death?

High on a shelf above a counter in the Raleigh Times Bar is an empty pint glass, sitting encased in front of a US presidential seal. This is the glass(...)

What is fracking? Fracking – or hydraulic fracturing – is a means of extracting natural gas from sedimentary rocks such as shale. The process involve(...)

Maya Angelou had published six volumes of autobiography, so readers may consider themselves familiar with the writer’s life. Her classic I Know Why th(...)

Eleanor Bermingham with her son Mikey and their dog Ralf  near their home in Citywest Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

‘It can be difficult to be in a public place when you have a loved one with autism,” says Jennefer Cullinan, social media officer with Irish Autism Ac(...)

Maya Angelou: when asked exactly how many times she had been married she declined to be specific, ’for fear of sounding frivolous’. photograph: Gerald Herbert/AP

The writer Maya Angelou, who has died aged 86, won acclaim for her first autobiographical memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), a scathing i(...)

Maya Angelou receives a Medal of Freedom from US president Barack Obama at the White House in Washington in this February 15, 2011 file photo. Reuters

Maya Angelou, the US author and poet whose landmark book of 1969, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - which describes in lyrical, unsparing prose her ch(...)

Brendan Boyle (right) with his brother Kevin, speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, and their father, Frank, who is from Donegal.

The son of a Co Donegal emigrant was among the winners picked to lead their parties in the US midterm elections in November as primary voters in six s(...)

Thom Tillis’s victory as the Republican nominee for North Carolina  in the race for the Senate is seen as more ground won by the Republican establishment in the internal tug of war with the Tea Party. Photograph: Reuters/Davis Turner

Victory by a North Carolina state representative to run as the Republican nominee in the race for the Senate may appear insignificant in this year’s b(...)

William Higgins sits on a stump outside his grandfather’s house that was destroyed by a tornado yesterday in Mayflower, Arkansas. Photograph: Wesley Hitt/Getty Images 1:29

On a second day of ferocious storms that have claimed at least 21 lives in the southern United States, a tornado tore through the Mississippi t(...)

Property: its gains must be seen in the context of its recent fails

Who has the fairest fund of them all? If you’re looking for an investment with an element of risk, a fund is always an option for diversifying (...)