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 (...)

Nobel Prize winning mathematician John Nash and his wife Alicia at the 74th annual Academy Awards in  2002. Photograph: Reuters.

John Nash, the Princeton University mathematician and Nobel laureate who inspired the movie “A Beautiful Mind,” has died aged 86. Mr Nash and his wife(...)

 Emergency personnel man a barricade near the wreckage of an Amtrak passenger train carrying more than 200 passengers from Washington, DC to New York that derailed  in north Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At least five people were killed and more than 50 others were injured in the crash. Photograph: Mark Makela/Getty Images 1:00

The train that crashed in Philadelphia on Tuesday night having derailed on a bend, killing at least seven people, was travelling at 106 miles per hour(...)

Minister for Enterprise Richard Bruton with American Chamber chief executive Mark Redmond and RIA executive director Laura Mahoney at the launch of the inaugural US-Ireland Research Innovation Awards

The inaugural US-Ireland Research Innovation Awards will be presented this Friday, May 15th, at the American Chamber of Commerce annual dinner in the (...)

A handout combo released by the Baltimore police department  shows (clockwise from top left) Ceasar Goodson, Garrett Miller and Edward Nero and William Portner, Brian Rice and Alicia White, the six  officers t charged in connection with the death in custody of Freddie Gray. EPA/Baltimore Police Department

The six suspended Baltimore police officers charged Friday in the death of Freddie Gray are a mix of veterans and recent recruits, of varying ranks an(...)

David Wildstein, former executive of the  Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, is to plead guilty to charges stemming from the ‘Bridgegate’ scandal. Mr Wildstein is a close ally of New Jersey governor  Chris Christie, who is expected to run for the Republican presidential nomination. Photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters

A close ally of Chris Christie, the New Jersey governor whom many expect to run for the Republican presidential nomination, has told a federal judge t(...)

Passengers disembark from a ferry boat in lower Manhattan in New York following the evacuation of the Statue of Liberty after a telephone bomb threat and the discovery of a suspicious package.  Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Law enforcement authorities have determined the Statue of Liberty and surrounding areas are safe after a bomb scare led to the evacuation of hundreds (...)

A member of a bomb squad works beside a bomb disposal robot and  gyrocopter after it landed on the West Front of the US Capitol, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

A Florida man was arrested after he landed his small helicopter on the west lawn of the US Capitol on Wednesday, police said, violating restricted ai(...)

The White House will eliminate a major diplomatic hurdle by pushing to have Cuba dropped from a list of state sponsors of terrorism. Photograph: The New York Times 1:30

Cuba recognised what it called a “fair decision” by US president Barack Obama to inform Congress he intends to remove Cuba from a US list of state spo(...)

A Lamborghini that was part of an exotic car racing attraction at Walt Disney World crashed into a guardrail, killing a passenger and injuring the driver, police said. Photograph: WFTV via AP

A Lamborghini that was part of an exotic car racing attraction at Walt Disney World crashed, killing a passenger and injuring the driver.The Florida H(...)