Warren Buffett (85)  Charlie Munger (92) fielded five hours of questions on such matters as Coca-Cola’s sugary drinks, lower shipping volumes on the BNSF railroad, risks from derivatives, and who might succeed Buffett as chief executive.

Warren Buffett said on Saturday that Berkshire Hathaway Inc is poised to do well no matter who wins the White House in November, and the billionaire i(...)

Donald Trump: not since Barry Goldwater has the Republican establishment so railed against a candidate as it has against Trump. Photograph: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

“I warned that the Republican Party is in real danger of subversion by a radical, well-financed, highly disciplined minority,” the Republican governor(...)

Pink sneakers: Fort Worth state senator Wendy Davis tried to talk out the bill restricitng abortion in Texas. She filibustered on her feet for 11 hours and 15 minutes, wearing pink sneakers which became a symbol of women’s struggle.

A 13-year-old American girl pregnant as a result of rape has a constitutional right to an abortion. But in practice it may be impossible for her to ob(...)

The San Bernadino gunman Syed Rizwan Farook pictured in his Californian  driver’s licence.  The shooting  rampage by Farook and his wife  Tashfeen Malik   left 14 dead. Photograph: California Department of Motor Vehicles/Handout/Reuters

It happens all too often and the response – and lack of any follow-up action to prevent it happening again – is all too familiar. It is easy to list o(...)

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(...)

A combination photo shows a sequence of an explosion erupting from a CSX Corp train derailment in Mount Carbon, West Virginia February 16th, 2015. Photograph: Reuters/Steve Keenan

A train hauling 109 cars of crude oil derailed in West Virginia on Monday, setting a number of cars ablaze and forcing the evacuation of two towns.CSX(...)

The US Supreme Court is to decide whether same-sex couples have a right to marry under the country’s constitution.   Vin Testa, a supporter of same-sex marriage, waves a rainbow colored flag outside the US Supreme Court  in 2013.  Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

The US Supreme Court is to decide whether or not same-sex couples have a right to marry under the country’s constitution, setting up a potentially hi(...)

A worker collecting a crude oil sample. The oil price slide from $115 a barrel six months ago has come amid relentless US shale oil production and output from Opec countries that has exceeded targets

Oil’s fall below $60 a barrel to five-and-a-half year lows gathered pace on Tuesday after data showed Chinese factory activity had weakened. ICE Janua(...)

Oil prices are now languishing at less than $80 a barrel mark, around 30 per cent below a peak they hit in June and from which they have fallen with i(...)

 Capitol police lead away a protestor after he and three others were removed from the Senate Gallery for shouting during a vote on the XL Pipeline in the US Capitol in Washington DC. Photograph: EPA

Republican prospects of increasing their US Senate majority were boosted when a Bill approving the construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipe(...)