Vanya Shivashankar (13) and Gokul Venkatachalam (14) hold up the trophy after jointly winning the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee in National Harbor, Maryland. The competition is dominated by children of Indian descent. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Like prized fighters swapping punches, Vanya Shivashankar and Gokul Venkatachalam matched each letter for letter, word for word. The other eight fina(...)

Senators Kathy Campbell and Ernie Chambers celebrate after Republican governor Pete Ricketts’ veto of a bill to ban the death penalty was overridden. Photograph: Andrew Dickinson/The New York Times

Nebraska became the 19th American state to outlaw the death penalty and the first traditionally controlled by conservatives to repeal capital punishm(...)

The US Defense Department  accidentally sent shipments of live anthrax bacteria from the Dugway Proving ground facility (above) to labs in nine US states and to a US air base in South Korea. Photograph: George Frey/Epa

The US military mistakenly sent live anthrax bacteria to laboratories in nine US states and a US air base in South Korea, after apparently failing to (...)

US vice-president Joe Biden said that more than 1.2 million Irish voters “took a courageous stand for love and family when they overwhelmingly chose marriage equality”. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

US vice-president Joe Biden has described Ireland as “a nation where the people resoundingly stand for equal rights” after the Irish people voted by a(...)

Aidan Gavin (left) of  DTZ Sherry FitzGerald,   former governor of Maryland  Martin O’Malley  and  Mark FitzGerald  of Sherry FitzGerald Group.

US presidential hopeful Martin O’Malley is stressing his relative youth as he prepares to challenge the perception that Hillary Clinton’s campaign (...)

Panti raises her arms with supporters for same-sex marriage at Dublin Castle on Saturday. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images.

Tributes and expressions of pride continued to come from political figures in the United States on Saturday in response to Ireland’s unprecedented pop(...)

Martin O’Malley, who is expected to announce his candidacy for US president shortly. Photograph: Tom Williams/Roll Call via Getty Images

Martin O’Malley, a likely contender to be the Democratic Party’s presidential candidate, is due in Dublin on May 24th after cancelling a trip last mon(...)

US attorney general Loretta Lynch: said last week’s protests pointed to the need for an investigation. Photograph: Jim Bourg/Reuters

The US justice department on Friday launched an investigation into the Baltimore police department’s use of force and whether there are patterns of di(...)

Fox News anchor Shep Smith apologised for his colleague Mike Tobin’s report on Monday. Photograph: Youtube/YouHitNews

Fox News has apologised for a report that said a man had been shot in Baltimore in an altercation with police. Baltimore police denied the media repor(...)

Tara suffered a stroke after playing tennis but was advised by a neurologist to stay active

The thing that’s easy to miss about Tara is how competitive she is. In a big Irish family of gabby, argumentative people, my niece is a lovely, willow(...)