File photograph of a beach. A nine-year-old girl has died after a sand hole collapsed on her at an Oregon beach. Photograph: Laure joliet/The New York Times

A nine-year-old girl has died after a sand hole collapsed on her at an Oregon beach.Police, firefighters and paramedics who rushed to the scene in Lin(...)

Dakota Fanning and Jesse Eisenberg in Night Moves

In the new film Night Moves, three Oregon-based eco-warriors (played by Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning and Peter Sarsgaard) watch anxiously from a sm(...)

Former White House press secretary James Brady gives a thumbs-up to everyone as he visits the White House press briefing room in Washington in this  2011 file photograph.

The death of former White House press secretary James Brady, who was shot in the head in the 1981 assassination attempt on president Ronald Reagan, ha(...)

Senator Ron Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon, said tax inversion deals were latest ‘virus’ in US tax system. Photographer: Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg

The US Congress must pass legislation to prevent American companies relocating their legal headquarters overseas and stop rewarding countries that pra(...)

Firefighters keep watch over a fire while battling the Carlton Complex Fire near Winthrop in  Washington state. Photograph: David Ryder/Reuters.

A wildfire raging unchecked for a sixth day east of Washington state’s Cascade Mountains has destroyed about 100 homes, displaced hundreds of resident(...)

Senator Elizabeth Warren: her family’s back-story of financial struggle and her attacks on Wall Street interests have drawn interest far outside her home state.  Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

One female Democratic politician is stirring the masses in the US and it’s not Hillary Clinton. Elizabeth Warren, the senator and former Harvard law p(...)

Authors Willy Vlautin, Catherine O’Flynn and Paul Lynch convey a strong sense of place

The humidity of Faulkner’s south; the moors of Wuthering Heights; the leafy lanes of John McGahern’s novels. Reading a story with an ingrained sens(...)

Supporters attend a candlelight vigil last night after a shooting at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Oregon, US. Photograph: Steve Dipaola/Reuters

A teenage gunman armed with a rifle walked into an Oregon high school gym and shot a student to death yesterday before he was found dead in a bathroo(...)

Brendan Boyle (right) with his brother Kevin, speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, and their father, Frank, who is from Donegal.

The son of a Co Donegal emigrant was among the winners picked to lead their parties in the US midterm elections in November as primary voters in six s(...)

The Facebook chief and his wife made a donation of 18 million shares of Facebook stock valued at more than $970 million to a Silicon Valley non-profit organisation.

Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, were the most generous American philanthropists in 2013, figures show. The Facebook chief and his wife m(...)