Joshua James (23) had wanted to play a practical joke on a friend working at the Wendy’s restaurant in Royal Palm Beach when he decided to hurl the reptile into the building, his parents told a local broadcaster. File photograph: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

A Florida fast food restaurant got a customer it was not expecting when a live alligator was tossed through a drive-through window by a patron. Joshu(...)

Donald Trump, the Republican presidential candidate, will be hoping that unlike his performance in Iowa, he can convert a consistent poll performance into a victory at the New Hampshire primary. Photograph: David Goldman/ AP Photo

Voters cast their ballots in the first primary election in the US presidential race in New Hampshire on Tuesday. Coming eight days after the inaugur(...)

Kevin Molloy, John Walsh and Mai Quaid at the Earn Our Vote launch; they hope older voters’ concerns will be on the agenda. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

One of the greatest challenges for us as we age is “bar-stool gerontology”. For many complex subjects – nuclear physics, molecular biology or philoso(...)

Microsoft recently placed a prototype of a self-contained data centre 30 feet under water in the Pacific Ocean. Photograph: Microsoft/NYT

Taking a page from Jules Verne, researchers at Microsoft believe the future of data centres may be under the sea. Microsoft has tested a prototype of(...)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (left) confers with fellow candidate Marco Rubio(right) during a break in the Republican presidential candidates debate on Saturday at St Anselm’s College Institute of Politics in Manchester, New Hampshire. Photograph: Getty

Republican contender Marco Rubio struggled at a presidential debate on Saturday at the worst possible time, potentially confounding his bid to emerge(...)

Fr John Gallagher (48), who is from Strabane, Co Tyrone,  has been ministering in Florida since 2000.

An Irish Catholic priest has been singled out for praise in a letter sent to the Vatican by US police officers who investigated a clerical child abuse(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin talks  to butcher Ben Flynn while canvassing with local candidate Mary Butler in Waterford.  Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Don’t talk to Micheál Martin about polls. The man has no time for them. No time whatsoever. This isn’t a new thing for the leader of Fianna Fáil. He c(...)

 Brandon Astor Jones: convicted of murdering a convenience store manager in Atlanta in 1979. His execution was the fifth this year in the United States, and the first of two scheduled this month in Georgia. Photograph:  AFP/Georgia Department of Corrections

A 72-year-old man convicted of murdering a convenience store manager in a 1979 robbery in Atlanta’s suburbs was executed in Georgia early on Wednesday(...)

An Aedes aegypti mosquito, which carries the Zika virus,  photographed through a microscope at the Fiocruz institute in Recife, Pernambuco state, Brazil.  Photograph: Felipe Dana/AP

A case of Zika virus infection transmitted by sex, rather than mosquito bite, has been discovered in Texas. The Dallas County health and human service(...)

A trip to space for you and your friends might be just the ticket if you’ve got a pile of money after the EuroMillions win. File photograph: Getty Images

This big EuroMillions win - what could a person do with all that loot? This week Pep Guardiola signed a three-year deal to manage Manchester City on (...)