Ray Nagin, the former mayor of New Orleans who was convicted in February on corruption charges, was sentenced to 10 years in prison today. Photograph:  Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images.

Ray Nagin, the former mayor of New Orleans who was convicted in February on corruption charges, was sentenced to 10 years in prison today.Nagin was f(...)

Kevin McCarthy (49) has been promoted to the role of majority leader in the lower chamber of the US Congress. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

The third most senior Republican in the House of Representatives Kevin McCarthy has been promoted to the role of majority leader in the lower chamber(...)

Brendan Boyle (right) with his brother Kevin, speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, and their father, Frank, who is from Donegal.

The son of a Co Donegal emigrant was among the winners picked to lead their parties in the US midterm elections in November as primary voters in six s(...)

Thom Tillis’s victory as the Republican nominee for North Carolina  in the race for the Senate is seen as more ground won by the Republican establishment in the internal tug of war with the Tea Party. Photograph: Reuters/Davis Turner

Victory by a North Carolina state representative to run as the Republican nominee in the race for the Senate may appear insignificant in this year’s b(...)

 A few squares of dark chocolate as chocaholic gut bacteria may be one of the chief reasons why dark chocolate is good for the heart, research suggests. Photograph: Jennie Fairhurst/PA Wire

Chocaholic gut bacteria may be one of the chief reasons why dark chocolate is good for the heart, research suggests. By breaking down ind(...)

Republican David Jolly narrowly beat  his Democrat rival  to take the House of Representatives seat in Florida. Photograph: Brian Blanco/Reuters

The Democrats have lost an election in a swing congressional district in Florida that Barack Obama won twice in in presidential elections, in w(...)

Glenn Ford, a California native who did occasional yard work for murdered jewellery shop owner Isadore Rozeman, was found guilty in 1984 and was sentenced to die by electrocution, then the state’s method of execution.

A Louisiana man who has spent nearly three decades on death row walked free yesterday after prosecutors asked a judge to set aside his first-degree(...)

Participants of the Krewe of Zulu parade hand out painted coconuts to spectators; a reveller parades through the French Quarter. Photograph: Dan Anderson/EPA

After the feast comes the famine. It’s the day after Mardi Gras in New Orleans and the city is muted. They call it Trash Wednesday, as the move(...)

Jenica Krall  tries her hand at a virtual shooting booth at the 41st annual Conservative Political Action Conference  in National Harbor, Maryland. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

Velvet Cowan is wearing a tight-fitting T-shirt with pictures of two guns across her chest. “Keep your hands off of my guns,” her top says. A p(...)

John Fitzpatrick:  Organised with Denis O’Brien the dinner  for Bill Clinton at Shanahan’s on  St Stephen’s Green. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Former US president Bill Clinton shared his thoughts on the crisis in Ukra(...)