In one of the most bizarre twists in America’s war on terrorism, the CIA assigned veteran operations officer Harold James “Jim” Nicholson to run a cou(...)

Marijuana enthusiasts gather after midnight to celebrate the legalisation of recreational use of marijuana in Portland, Oregon. Photograph: Steve Dipaola/Reuters

Crowds counted down the minutes to midnight then lit up joints as smoking marijuana became legal in Oregon on Wednesday and the legalisation movement (...)

Fianna Fáil TD Colm Keaveney has introduced a bill in the Dáil to allow electronic devices for people with sight difficulties so that they can vote independently. File  photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Proposals for electronically assisted voting are to be considered by the Government. Fianna Fáil TD Colm Keaveney introduced a bill in the Dáil to all(...)

US President Barack Obama walks through a hallway after meeting with House Democrats at the US Capitol  in Washington. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/Getty Images

President Barack Obama suffered a humiliating defeat on his planned free trade deals as Democrats in the House of Representatives rebuffed a last-minu(...)

President of the Spokane, Washington chapter of the NAACP Rachel Dolezal. Ms Dolezal’s parents have claimed that she has been falsely portraying herself as black. Photograph: Spokane NAACP website

A civil rights leader in the US state of Washington has been falsely portraying herself as black for years, her parents have said. Rachel Dolezal (37)(...)

Constraint gets a bad name. Negative associations with restrictions and boundaries come to mind easily. The central idea of this book, however, is tha(...)

The bakery owners started a GoFundMe campaign, but it was shut down over the weekend.

An Oregon judge has ruled that the owners of a bakery in America who refused to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple should pay the couple $135,000 in(...)

This American foursome cocks some mighty keen ears in the direction of American old-time music, and this latest collection sees them in the finest (...)

In this photograph from the November 10th, 1967 issue of Life magazine, Bobbie Gentry strolls across the Tallahatchie Bridge in Money, Mississippi. The bridge collapsed in June 1972

It was July 1967.When the needle dropped you would have heard the insistent strum of what sounded like a small guitar in a big room, and then the wooz(...)

The Eugene Register Guard reported she began stripping off her burning clothes before she fell some 40ft.

An Oregon woman who set herself on fire while driving, crashed her car on an interstate and then jumped off a highway bridge to a park below, survived(...)