Wisconsin governor Scott Walker   speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, on Thursday. Walker’s  bitter fight against trade unions has cast him on to the national stage. Photograph: Jabin Botsford/The New York Times

Wisconsin governor Scott Walker received one of the loudest cheers of his speech at this week’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) when h(...)

Don Keough was among the first recipients of an Irish Presidential Distinguished Service Award honouring members of the Irish diaspora

Irish-American businessman Don Keough, a champion of Ireland who promoted Irish studies in the US and encouraged American corporate investment into Ir(...)

Luck of the draw: last week’s Lotto was postponed after a glitch

After racking up losses of €43 million, Greek gaming giant Intralot last year pulled the plugged on a pretty disastrous foray into running part of the(...)

Snow collects on a bicycle during a snow storm in Cambridge, Massachusetts on January 24th.   Forecasters are warning of up to 90cms of snow for part of the east coast of the US on Monday.  Photograph: Reuters 1:00

Aer Lingus has cancelled flights between Dublin and New York today ahead of the potentially “historic” blizzard to hit the east coast ofthe US. The ai(...)

Edward Longshore draped in an American flag stands outside the Silent Movie Theatre for a midnight screening of ‘The Interview’ in Los Angeles, California. The provocative comedy  went straight to US consumers  in an unprecedented online debut. Photograph: Jonathan Alcorn/Reuters

Sony Pictures’ comedy The Interview grossed more than $1 million in limited release at the US box office on December 25th, the studio said on Friday.T(...)

Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr (left) leans in to whisper to Hammond Police Lieutenant Richard Hoyda during a news conference about murders in Hammond, Indiana. Photograph: Reuters

The bodies of seven women have been found in Indiana after a man confessed to killing one woman and led investigators to at least three other bodie(...)

Objection! Meretricious sentimentality! Objection! Badgering the audience! Where is this leading, your honour? Where indeed? Heaven save us fro(...)

The US Supreme Court’s decision to let stand lower court rulings allowing same-sex marriage in five states is a major and welcome advance for the caus(...)

Conservative protesters pray in front of the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC, yesterday. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

The US supreme court has declined to be drawn into the nationwide debate on same-sex marriage, immediately increasing the number of states tha(...)

Gay marriage to be allowed in five states including Utah after US supreme court decision. Cindy Bednarz (L) and her wife Lisa Bednarz attend a same-sex marriage rally at Utah’s State Capitol building in Salt Lake City, Utah in this file photo. Photograph: Jim Urquhart/Files/Reuters

The US supreme court today declined to decide once and for all whether states can ban gay marriage, a surprise move that will allow gay men and women (...)