Revisiting Juno and the Paycock: Joe Dowling  rehearsing Seán O’Casey’s play with cast members at the Guthrie Theater. Photograph: Joan Marcus

Joe Dowling is standing in front of one of the Guthrie Theater’s three stages, in Minneapolis, giving notes to Mark Benninghofen, the American actor w(...)

BB King performs in Glastonbury in  June,  2011. File photograph:  Ian Gavan/Getty

Officials in the US state of Nevada said on Monday they would conduct an investigation into the death of BB King who died this month at age 89, after (...)

Blues legend B.B. King holding his Grammy award for Best Traditional Blues Album during the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards. File photograph: Vince Buccivince/AFP/Getty Images 1:20

Blues singer and guitarist BB King has died aged 89 in his Las Vegas, his lawyer has said. Brent Bryson said King died peacefully in his sleep at his (...)

In this photograph from the November 10th, 1967 issue of Life magazine, Bobbie Gentry strolls across the Tallahatchie Bridge in Money, Mississippi. The bridge collapsed in June 1972

It was July 1967.When the needle dropped you would have heard the insistent strum of what sounded like a small guitar in a big room, and then the wooz(...)

A file picture taken in March 2006 shows (left-right) Billy Powell, Bob Burns and Gary Rossington of Lynyrd Skynyrd following their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during a Ceremony in New York. Photograph: Timothy A Clary/AFP/Getty Images

Robert Burns Jr, the founding drummer of Lynyrd Skynyrd, the southern US rock band known for the power ballad Free Bird and the anthem Sweet Home Alab(...)

US Secret Service agents keep watch from the roof of the White House. The Secret Service is responsible for the safety and security of president Barack Obama and his immediate family. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

An envelope addressed to the White House has tentatively tested positive for cyanide after two rounds of analysis.Additional testing will be necessary(...)

The Clondalkin Youth Band taking part in the 45th International Band Championship in  Limerick on Sunday. Photograph: Sean Curtin/Fusionshooters

More than 40,000 people gathered in Limerick on Sunday for the International Band Parade, which saw musicians from across the world perform on the st(...)

Jerry’s Sno Cones: a taste of the 1970s. Photograph: Chris Carmichael/New York Times
Weekend in . . . Memphis

Maybe even more Music City than Nashville, its country cousin to the east, Memphis has strong affiliations with not one musical genre but three. It(...)

Bryan Stevenson, who founded and runs the Equal Justice Initiative, outside the former courthouse where the 1910 lynching of Allen Brooks, a black man, began in Dallas. Photograph: Brandon Thibodeaux/New York Times

In February 1919, Pte William Little, an African-American veteran of the first World War, returned to his hometown of Blakely, Georgia, in the America(...)

US authorities are stepping up their inquiry into whether Moody’s inflated ratings on mortgage derivatives

US authorities are stepping up their probe into whether Moody’s inflated ratings on mortgage derivatives to win business in the lead-up to the financi(...)