Pedestrians walk on Amsterdam Avenue on Sunday in New York city. Most of New York’s streets were cleaned up overnight after a huge snow storm hit the mid-Atlantic states. Photograph: Getty

New York city has slowly emerged from a massive blizzard that paralysed much of the US east coast, while snowy gridlock gripped the nation’s capital (...)

Jenny and Gavin Drake were flying home from an extended business trip in Scotland last October with their son Aidan when Ms Drake went into labour just over halfway through her expected term of pregnancy. She gave birth to Zoe Ireland who weighed just 1 lb 13 oz.

Four-month premature baby Zoe Ireland and her parents arrived home in Tennessee on Saturday after an anonymous individual donated €30,000 for a medica(...)

Pedestrians walk through the snowy streets in New York. Photograph:   Yana Paskova/Getty Images

New York lifted a travel ban and mass transit started getting back to normal on Sunday after a record-setting blizzard in the US Northeast, but Washin(...)

Cars covered in snow, parked along a street in Prince William County, Virginia. Photograph: Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images

A monster blizzard that has paralysed the US east coast intensified on Saturday afternoon as it barrelled into New York City, prompting a travel ban o(...)

Thousands of flights were cancelled and supermarket shelves were left bare Friday as millions of Americans hunkered down for a winter storm expected to dump historic amounts of snow in the eastern United States. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

At least nine people have died in the US and 10 states have declared emergencies as Storm Jonas edges across the country and air travel continues to b(...)

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(...)

President Barack Obama delivers an address on terrorism in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on Sunday. Mr  Obama sought to calm a jittery public after the terrorist attack last week in California, delivering a prime-time address Sunday designed to highlight the government’s campaign against an evolving threat. Photograph: Saul Loeb via The New York Times

President Barack Obama used a rare Oval Office address to try to reassure an anxious public in the wake of the California shootings that the United St(...)

Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the US’s national bird. He described the bald eagle as a “bird of bad moral character”. Photograph: Larry W Smith/ EPA

The US National Turkey Federation estimates that 46 million turkeys were eaten on Thanksgiving Day last Thursday. In a recent survey, it also(...)

Electricity storage has until recently been prohibitively expensive, but its emergence at an economically viable cost will enable increased use of wind and solar power

The cost of batteries is falling to the point that they are becoming an increasingly viable option for uses such as supporting the stability of power (...)