An animal rights group has been granted a court hearing in which it will argue that two chimpanzees who live at a New York state university cannot be held captive because they are autonomous, intelligent creatures. Photograph: Thinkstock.

An animal rights group has been granted a court hearing in which it will argue that two chimpanzees who live at a New York state university cannot be(...)

A member of a bomb squad works beside a bomb disposal robot and  gyrocopter after it landed on the West Front of the US Capitol, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

A Florida man was arrested after he landed his small helicopter on the west lawn of the US Capitol on Wednesday, police said, violating restricted ai(...)

The White House will eliminate a major diplomatic hurdle by pushing to have Cuba dropped from a list of state sponsors of terrorism. Photograph: The New York Times 1:30

Cuba recognised what it called a “fair decision” by US president Barack Obama to inform Congress he intends to remove Cuba from a US list of state spo(...)

On Sunday night the 67-year-old posted a photo on social media website Twitter posing with a family of four, saying she had “loaded the van” and “met a great family when we stopped this afternoon”

Chris Learn, a 19-year-old student, could hardly believe what he was seeing when the former secretary of state and newly declared presidential candida(...)

US senator Marco Rubio has announced that he is to seek the Republican nomination in the 2016 presidential election.  Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

US senator Marco Rubio of Florida told top donors that he will run for the White House because he is “uniquely qualified” to represent the Republican (...)

The prosecutor said Lacey Spears used her son’s condition to “self-aggrandize herself” and that her actions directly led to the boy’s “tortured death.” Photograph: Westchester County District Attorney’s Office

An American woman who wrote a blog about motherhood has been sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for murdering her 5-year-old son through salt poi(...)

A file picture taken in March 2006 shows (left-right) Billy Powell, Bob Burns and Gary Rossington of Lynyrd Skynyrd following their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during a Ceremony in New York. Photograph: Timothy A Clary/AFP/Getty Images

Robert Burns Jr, the founding drummer of Lynyrd Skynyrd, the southern US rock band known for the power ballad Free Bird and the anthem Sweet Home Alab(...)

Hillary Clinton:  responded positively but cautiously to the framework deal.  Describing the tentative agreement as “an important step” in preventing a nuclear-armed Iran, she said: “The devil is always in the details in this kind of negotiation. The onus is on Iran and the bar must be set high.” Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty

Likely Republican challengers for the US presidency in 2016 voiced strong opposition to the outline of a nuclear deal with Iran, rejecting any deal (...)

Cathy Tobin: ‘My last day in Ireland, as I did the rounds to say goodbye, felt a lot like my last on earth. I was willingly dropping out of my entire life, all my relationships, and everything that was familiar to me.’

I was 23 in 1993, and “lucky” to be employed. I didn’t feel lucky; I hated the job, but knew I couldn’t leave it and be guaranteed another. Driving to(...)

Rapper Vanilla Ice, whose real name is Robert Van Winkle, appeared in Palm Beach County Court on Thursday where he agreed to perform 100 hours of community service and pay $1,333 (€1,220) to a homeowner who accused him of stealing furniture and pool equipment, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel. File photograph: Mike Coppola/Getty Images

Rapper Vanilla Ice avoided prosecution on Thursday after agreeing to a plea deal over his arrest on burglary and grand theft charges in Florida in Feb(...)