DC law permits adults over the age of 21 to posses up to two ounces, 56 grams, of marijuana. Photograph: TJ Kirkpatrick/The New York Times

The District of Columbia became the first place on the US east coast to legalise recreational marijuana this week despite grave threats from congressi(...)

Billionaire John C Malone, the biggest landowner in the US has now set his sites on creating an Irish property portfolio. Photographer: Matthew Staver/Bloomberg via Getty Images

American billionaire John Malone says he buys land because, reprising the Mark Twain adage, they are not making it anymore. But it’s mostly because(...)

Former professional cyclist Lance Armstrong has pleaded guilty to careless driving after hitting two parked cars with his SUV in Aspen, Colorado. File photograph: Rogerio Barbosa/AFP/Getty Images

Lance Armstrong has pleaded guilty to careless driving after hitting two parked cars with his SUV in Aspen, Colorado, a prosecutor has confirmed.The p(...)

Cosmos ‘Double Click Cranberries’

If the summer garden is like a glass of Champagne, then flowering annuals are its fizz, its sparkle, its fun. Used with flair and imagination, they(...)

Worker takes a break in a garlic field in California: a survey has found Hispanics are far more likely than whites to view global warming as a problem that affects them personally. Photograph:  Matt Black/The New York Times

Alfredo Padilla grew up in Texas as a migrant farmworker who followed the harvest with his parents to pick sugar beets in Minnesota each summer. He ha(...)

Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong hit two parked cars after a night of partying in Aspen, Colorado, but agreed to let his long-time girlfriend take the blame. Photograph: Getty

Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong hit two parked cars after a night of partying in Aspen, Colorado, but agreed to let his long-time girlfriend take th(...)

The Seven Dwarfs walk along Main Street during a parade at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. File Photograph: Robert Galbraith/Reuters

A US paediatrician’s group has urged parents, schools and communities to vaccinate children against measles after an outbreak that began at Disneyland(...)

Shannon Conley in court for her sentencing.

An American teenager who tried to go to Syria to help Islamic State militants has been sentenced to four years in prison.Shannon Conley (19), from Den(...)

Actor Chris Pine and Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs last week announce the film Leviathan from Russia as a nominee for Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards.   Photograph: Kevin Winter/Getty

It’s a long time since a Russian film won an Oscar but Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Leviathan could be about to change that. Yet even as this dark, hard-hitti(...)

Tommy Caldwell climbs the final pitch of the Dawn Wall on El Capitan, in Yosemite National Park, California.  Photograph: Max Whittaker/The New York Times 2:19

Two Americans have completed what had long been considered the world’s most difficult rock climb, using only their hands and feet to scale a 3,000ft ((...)