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 1:31

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(...)

Law enforcement officers gather on the Delta State University campus where history professor Ethan Schmidt was shot in his office  at Delta State University on Monday. Photograph: Rogelio V Solis/Reuters

A man suspected of gunning down a Mississippi college professor in his campus office and of killing a woman died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound aft(...)

Start & Finish: At a small car park on the R584, 5km from Macroom, Grid Reference 329 714 How to get there: Turn off the N22 just eas(...)

‘Life, unlike crime, was not something you could solve,” observes the retired Parisian police inspector Auguste Jovert in Mark Henshaw’s The Snow Kimo(...)

 US president Barack Obama announcing a  plan  to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from  coal-burning power plants. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

The Obama administration has vowed to override states that refuse to accept its new climate goals by mandating how they should achieve emissions cuts,(...)

Lasting remission of HIV has been seen in a group of 14 French patients known as the Visconti cohort, who started treatment on antiretroviral drugs within 10 weeks of becoming infected, and stayed on the drugs for an average of three years. Photograph: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images

A French teenager born with HIV and treated until age six is still free from infection 12 years after stopping the treatments, suggesting the first ca(...)