The US Defense Department  accidentally sent shipments of live anthrax bacteria from the Dugway Proving ground facility (above) to labs in nine US states and to a US air base in South Korea. Photograph: George Frey/Epa

The US military mistakenly sent live anthrax bacteria to laboratories in nine US states and a US air base in South Korea, after apparently failing to (...)

Qualtrics chief executive Ryan Smith with Taoiseach Enda Kenny: the tech firm has leased a building close to St Stephen’s Green and it has more space than it needs to accommodate the planned 250-strong workforce. Photograph: Colm Mahady/Fennells

US-based Qualtrics started out as a family business when it was founded in 2002, but more than a decade later it has grown into an international compa(...)

Extreme sports personality Dean Potter and his dog Whisper in an undated handout photograph. Tributes have been paid to Potter after his death in a Base jumping accident over the weekend. Photograph:  EPA/Adidas AG

Dean Potter was an artist and a visionary, friends and contemporaries said today, following the death of the extreme climber in a Base jumping acciden(...)

Indiana senate president David Long (left) and house speaker Brian Bosma during a press conference at the Capitol in Indianapolis. Photograph: Aaron P Bernstein/Getty Images

Republicans stepped back from Indiana’s “religious freedom” law as state lawmakers moved to change the legislation amid uproar that the anti-gay stat(...)

Although 10 people have been executed in the US so far this year, campaigners against the death penalty continue to challenge the practice successfull(...)

 Several US states have had to search for new drugs for their lethal injection cocktails after many pharmaceutical companies, mostly in Europe, imposed sales bans about four years ago because they objected to having medications made for other purposes being used in executions.  Photograph: Federal Bureau of Prisons/Reuters

Lawmakers in Utah voted on Tuesday to bring back executions by firing squad if lethal injections are unavailable, which would make it the only state i(...)

A spokesman said a fisherman discovered the car on its roof at about 12.30pm on Saturday in the Spanish Fork River in Spanish Fork near Provo in Utah. Photograph: Screengrab from Reuters video 0:47

A baby survived a car crash in a freezing Utah river after being strapped in a car seat upside-down for about 14 hours before being found by a fisherm(...)

Outside the Piper Down pub are bike racks shaped like shamrocks.

The Irish Times’ Generation Emigration project is on the hunt for the best Irish pub in the world outside Ireland. The following is one of the entr(...)

DC law permits adults over the age of 21 to posses up to two ounces, 56 grams, of marijuana. Photograph: TJ Kirkpatrick/The New York Times

The District of Columbia became the first place on the US east coast to legalise recreational marijuana this week despite grave threats from congressi(...)

Jack Reynor winner of the Best Actor Award at the Sundance Film Festival for the film Grassland. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

An encouraging week for Irish cinema at the Sundance Film Festival ended, early on Sunday morning, with Jack Reynor winning the acting prize in the W(...)