Minions figures pose outside a movie theatre. File photograph: Evert Elzinga/EPA

A stuffed teddy bear based on the animated movie Minions is credited with breaking the fall of a five-year-old Colorado girl who only suffered minor i(...)

A handout photo provided by Nasa taken on July 15, 2015, by Nasa’s New Horizons spacecraft shows a large craterless plain on Pluto called Sputnik Planum. The plain hints at the wide variety of surface features on the dwarf planet. The features might be signs of convection, caused by heat within the planet, or might be comparable to mud cracks, caused by the contraction of the surface. Photograph: Nasa/John Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute via The New York Times.

New pictures relayed by the first spacecraft to visit distant Pluto show odd polygon-shaped features and smooth hills in an crater-free plain, indicat(...)

Marijuana enthusiasts gather after midnight to celebrate the legalisation of recreational use of marijuana in Portland, Oregon. Photograph: Steve Dipaola/Reuters

Crowds counted down the minutes to midnight then lit up joints as smoking marijuana became legal in Oregon on Wednesday and the legalisation movement (...)

Subaru needs to make greater strides in the engine department. The  gearbox strains and bellows under full acceleration

As the late, great Frank Gorshin would have said, “Riddle me this, riddle me that”. Riddle me how a car company, which utterly trounces Volkswagen (...)

I was introduced to natural skincare when I was in my teens, hiking with family and friends in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains on a hot summer afternoon. W(...)

Gary Hart: In the wake of Gerard Davison’s killing the US envoy said he and fellow US diplomats were “very carefully” following the events. Photograph: PA

Former American senator Gary Hart, a personal representative to US secretary of state John Kerry, has said he is “personally dismayed” at the recent a(...)

The entrance to Arapahoe County District Court, Colorado. The trial for  a   cinema massacre in the state in 2012 is underway in the courthouse. Photograph: Evan Semon/Reuters

The long-awaited trial for a cinema massacre in Colorado is underway, with jurors asked to decide whether gunman James Holmes was insane when he kille(...)

Lucas Hinch was cited for discharging a firearm into his computer (shots pictured above) within city limits after officers responded to a “shots fired” call early on Monday evening, the Colorado Springs Police Department said. Photograph: Colorado Springs Police Department

Police in Colorado have cited a 37-year-old man for carrying his computer into an alley and shooting at it eight times with a handgun after what autho(...)

Former first lady Hillary Clinton is viewed as the Democrats’ best bet of retaining the White House. Photograph: Andrew Gombert/EPA

Hillary Clinton will end months of speculation on Sunday when she announces she is running to become the first female president of the United States,(...)

Kieran McGill’s chain of 16 Irish pubs in the US employs: almost 700 people and has an annual turnover of $40 million

When Kieran McGill told his late mother in 1996 that he was leaving a comfortable well-paid consultancy job at a Dublin accountancy practice to start (...)