US president Barack Obama receives his ballot paper as he takes part in early voting in the Senate midterm elections at a polling station in Chicago. Photograph: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

On Monday, Barack Obama went home to Chicago to vote. “I love voting,” he said as he cast his ballot early for the upcoming November 4th midterm el(...)

Setback at  healthcare-to-bulbs group as it pushes ahead with a radical plan to spin off its lighting arm. Photograph: Balint Porneczi/Bloomberg

Philips slid to a net loss in the third quarter, weighed down by one-off charges and weak demand in Russia and China: a setback for the Dutch healthca(...)

President Barack Obama with his Game Golf aid at Vineyard Golf Club. Photograph: AP Photo/Steven Senne

Game Golf’s evolution from a wall of post- it notes in Galway to a device President Obama wears on his belt has taken John McGuire on an extraordinary(...)

President Barack Obama speaks to the media about the fight against the Ebola virus during a meeting with his Ebola Response Team in the Oval Office at the White House yesterday. Photograph: Getty Images

President Barack Obama is considering stepping up the US response to the Ebola crisis by appointing an “Ebola czar” to lead efforts against the diseas(...)

Milestone Aviation Group, founded in 2010,  has headquarters in Dublin and US offices in New Jersey and Ohio.

GE’s Irish-headquartered aircraft finance subsidiary has agreed to buy helicopter leasing specialist Milestone Aviation for €1.4 billion.GE Capital A(...)

In London, supermarket giant Tesco was back under pressure with a decline of nearly 3 per cent or 4.6p to 180.6p. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire.

European stocks were little changed today as investors signalled they are likely to hold fire until they see stronger signs of a recovery. Values slu(...)

Peter Kassig  as a  boy with his mother, Paula Kassig, at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park near Corbin, Kentucky, during a family camping trip in 2000, in a photo courtesy of the Kassig family.  Photograph: Handout/Reuters

The parents of a US aid worker held hostage by Islamic State militants yesterday released photographs of their son and parts of a letter he wrote them(...)

The Connected cast (from left)  Alanna Diggin, Nicole McQuillan, Elayne Harrington, Venetia Quick, Anna Ryan and Kate McGrew 3:26

A young woman from Tralee struggling to cope with her dad’s death. A performance artist going home to Ohio to tell her folks she’s now a stripper i(...)

T. J. Lane, wearing a white t-shirt with the words ‘Killer’ spelled out, is handcuffed by a sheriff’s deputy after sentencing in Cleveland, Ohio, in this file photo from March 19, 2013. Photograph: Duncan Scott/The News-Herald/Pool /Reuters

A 19-year-old Ohio man serving life in prison for killing three students in a high school cafeteria in 2012 briefly escaped from prison yesterday, the(...)

John Rusnak in one of his ZIPS Dry Cleaners franchises in Baltimore: I’d love to build a thousand of these stores and make a million dollars. photograph: baltimore sun 2:52

John Rusnak was something of a star when he was in prison, he says. Fellow inmates sought out the man once dubbed “Johnny Ruz” by market traders over (...)