A member of the Secret Service’s Uniformed Division sits in his car on Pennsylvania Avenue outside the White House  in Washington D.C. A device, believed to be a small aerial drone, was found on the grounds of the White House. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images.

A device, suspected to be an unmanned aerial drone, has been found on the White House grounds. US president Barack Obama and the first lady were in In(...)

A worker waits to connect a drill bit on Endeavor Energy Resources LP’s Big Dog Drilling Rig 22 in the Permian basin outside of Midland, Texas. Of all the booming US oil regions set soaring by a drilling renaissance in shale rock, the Permian and Bakken basins are among the most vulnerable to lower oil prices. Photograph: Brittany Sowacke/Bloomberg

Overheard in Austin: “The Dallas Cowboys in the playoffs and gas under two bucks a gallon. Is this the 1990s?”That was weeks ago. Since then the Cowbo(...)

Hosts Chris Pine and Academy president Cheryl Boone announce ‘American Sniper’ as one of the Oscar nominees for Best Picture. Photograph: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images

The success of Clint Eastwood’s new movie American Sniper at the US box office has reignited the political debate about the Iraq War. The discussion i(...)

US President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union speech before members of Congress on January 20th, 2015 in Washington, DC. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images 2:12

President Barack Obama used his sixth annual State of the Union address last night to declare that the United States had turned the page on unpopular (...)

The US Supreme Court is to decide whether same-sex couples have a right to marry under the country’s constitution.   Vin Testa, a supporter of same-sex marriage, waves a rainbow colored flag outside the US Supreme Court  in 2013.  Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

The US Supreme Court is to decide whether or not same-sex couples have a right to marry under the country’s constitution, setting up a potentially hi(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry, who defended the absence of a high-ranking American leader. Photograph: Rick Wilking/AFP/Getty Images

The Obama White House made the rare move of admitting a mistake by saying that it should have sent a senior leader to join with the heads of 40 count(...)

A male camel in rut trampled two people to death at the Camel Kisses farm in north Texas, it has been reported. File photograph:  Ammar Awad/Reuters

A male camel in rut trampled two people to death at the Camel Kisses farm in north Texas, KFDX television station reported on Sunday.A man had entere(...)

Affable US vice-president Joe Biden sweet-talked wives, cooed at children and kissed daughters. “I like kids better than people,” he was heard to say. Photograph: Reuters

Joe Biden has a mouth that can sometimes land him in hot water, but the jocular US vice-president came into his own at the Senate ceremonial swearing-(...)

Fuel prices at an alternative filling station are seen in San Diego, California . Photograph: Mike Blake /Reuters

Oil prices were heading for a seventh weekly loss on Friday, with key producers showing no signs of cutting output in the face of a global supply glut(...)

The legislation approving the construction of the $8 billion (€6.7bn) pipeline is expected to pass the Republican-controlled Senate where the Bill has 60 co-sponsors. Photograph: Scott Dalton/Bloomberg

US president Barack Obama would veto legislation that approves the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to Texas, the White House (...)