Waves crash over the lighthouse at Porthcawl, Wales, February 1, 2016. Gale force winds are affecting parts of Wales. REUTERS/Rebecca Naden

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Neighborhoods are seen submerged in flood water from the Meremac River at Pacific, Missouri. Photograph: Getty

Missouri governor Jay Nixon on Saturday toured communities ravaged by flooding that killed at least 31 people in several US states and forced large-sc(...)

Phyllis Evans gets a hug from Harvey Payne  after a tornado struck Holly Springs, Mississippi on Thursday. Photograph: Reuters

Floods in Missouri forced hundreds of residents out of their homes on Tuesday after four days of storms sent rivers to record levels, killing at least(...)

James Holmes, who killed 12 people and wounded 70 others  in a Colorado cinema in 2012, was sentencd to life in prison rather than death. Photograph: Andy Cross/Reuters

Executions in the United States in 2015 fell to their lowest number in nearly 25 years, and new death sentences imposed by courts declined to levels (...)

Emma Toner and Ken Ottley Emma, content manager for Groupon and Ken, a self-employed gardener, met five years ago on Derby day at the Curragh, Co K(...)

Blaine Eaton II and his election opponent Mark Tullos open  small  boxes containing straws in the state office building in Jackson, Mississippi. Photograph: William Widmer/The New York Times

Sometimes US politics is about ideas, powered by Jeffersons and Adamses and Reagans. Sometimes it is about strategy, with races determined by the che(...)

Volunteer firefighter Patrick Hardison (41) before and after his face transplant surgery. Photograph: NYU Langone Medical Center/Reuters

A volunteer firefighter from Mississippi whose face was burned off during a home fire rescue received the world’s most extensive face transplant, N(...)

Stewart Buttefield of Slack speaking at the  Web Summit  in Dublin.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Stewart Butterfield is enthusiastic about Irish food. Particularly apples, which he says are better than most in North America, but brown bread and(...)

Derrick Stafford (left) and Norris Greenhouse Jr

Two police officers have been arrested on charges of second-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of a six-year-old boy during a pursuit(...)

A Democratic Party supporter in Louisville takes down a sign supporting Jack Conway, the defeated candidate in the Kentucky governorship election. Photograph: Philip Scott Andrew/The New York Times

A California state politician, a Democrat from the San Francisco Bay area, wants a Bill passed that would allow people to take selfies while castin(...)