Artist impression issued by the Carnegie Museum of Natural History of Anzu wyliei, a bird-like dinosaur nicknamed the “chicken from hell”, that roamed the Dakotas 66 million years ago. Photograph: Mark Klingler/Carnegie Museum of Natural History/PA Wire

If you’re a dinosaur with a nickname as funky as “the chicken from hell,” you had better be able to back it up. A dinosaur called Anzu (...)

A taxi drives through snow at Madison Avenue in New York. The eastern half of the US has been hit by a dangerously cold whirlpool of dense air known as a “polar vortex” which threatens to break decades-old weather records. Photograph: Sebastian Gabriel/EPA

The eastern half of the US has been hit by a dangerously cold whirlpool of dense air known as a “polar vortex” which threatens to break decades-old we(...)

A taxi drives through snow at Madison Avenue in New York yesterday. A severe winter storm dumped more than 60cms of snow in some areas of Northeastern US including the cities of New York, Hartford, Providence and Boston. Photograph: EPA

A deep freeze expected in the US Midwest, north-eastern New England states and even the South will be one to remember, with potential record-low tempe(...)

Occidental also said it was considering strategic alternatives for some oil and gas assets in the US Rocky Mountain region. Photograph: Reuters

Occidental Petroleum plans to sell a minority stake in its Middle East and North African operations, part of a restructuring meant to lift its valuati(...)

Firefighters working at the scene of the train derailment and subsequent fire in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, yesterday. Photograph: Christinne Muschi/Reuters

The runaway fuel train that exploded in a deadly ball of flames in the centre of a small Quebec town had started rumbling down an empty track just min(...)

Firefighters look at a train wagon on fire at Lac Megantic, Quebec. Canadian police expect the death toll from a fatal fuel train blast in a small Quebec town to rise. Photograph: Reuters

The death toll from the explosion of a runaway freight train in a small Quebec town rose to five and another 40 people are missing, police said today(...)

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