Sarah Palin and Donald Trump: “When Palin turned out to be utterly unqualified and unintelligible, spouting her own special Yoda-like language, it did not reflect poorly on women as a whole – only on her and John McCain.” Photograph: Cassi Alexandra/Bloomberg

It’s a tough call to figure out which place is more benighted: Hollywood or Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia was pulling ahead with all its beheadings and i(...)

Sarah Palin: Her son Track Palin (26) was arrested on Monday night near Anchorage in the family’s home state of Alaska and charged with domestic violence and possession of a firearm while intoxicated. Photograph: Mark Kauzlarich/Reuters

Republican Sarah Palin has been criticised for suggesting that the arrest of her Iraqi war veteran son was due to his post-traumatic stress disorder (...)

Neighborhoods are seen submerged in flood water from the Meremac River at Pacific, Missouri. Photograph: Getty

Missouri governor Jay Nixon on Saturday toured communities ravaged by flooding that killed at least 31 people in several US states and forced large-sc(...)

Donald Trump gives a national security speech aboard the second World War battleship USS Iowa in September in San Pedro, California. Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP

Whether he wins or not, Donald Trump will be moving in on Pennsylvania Avenue in 2016. Democrats will be hoping it will be the Old Post Office Pavilio(...)

Lightning illuminates a house after a tornado touched down in Jefferson County, Alabama, damaging several houses on Christmas day. Photograph: Butch Dill/AP Photo

At least 11 people were killed in the Dallas area of the US from a storm system packing torrential rains and unleashing a string of tornadoes that top(...)

Richland County Sheriff’s Department officer Ben Fields pictured with Karen Beaman, principal of Lonnie B. Nelson Elementary School. Photograph: REUTERS/Richland County Sheriff’s Department

Not a week goes by in the US without some shaky phone footage surfacing showing police brutality, for the most part directed at members of the African(...)

Police investigate a damaged car after the vehicle crashed into a crowd of spectators during the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade.

A car with a suspected drunk driver at the wheel crashed into crowds watching a homecoming parade at Oklahoma State University on Saturday, killing fo(...)

Protestors and family members gather to demonstrate against the scheduled execution of death row inmate Richard Glossip outside the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Oklahoma September 30th, 2015. Photograph: Nick Oxford/Reuters

A US man on death row in Oklahoma has been granted a last minute stay of execution, and said he was happy to have 37 more days. Governor Mary Fallin a(...)

Members of the media listen to the witnesses following the execution of Kelly Gissendaner at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson, Georgia. Photograph: Tami Chappell/Reuters

Georgia executed the only woman on its death row on Wednesday, hours after the State Board of Pardons and Paroles rejected her final plea for clemency(...)

 US president Barack Obama announcing a  plan  to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from  coal-burning power plants. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

The Obama administration has vowed to override states that refuse to accept its new climate goals by mandating how they should achieve emissions cuts,(...)