US president Barack Obama announcing a  plan  to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from  coal-burning power plants. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

The Obama administration has vowed to override states that refuse to accept its new climate goals by mandating how they should achieve emissions cuts,(...)

 Tiger Woods admits he has made progress since the US Open ahead of the Greenbrier Classic in North Carolina. Photograph: Erik S Lesser

Former world number one Tiger Woods, who is currently ranked 220th, will look to avoid yet another unwanted record in this week’s Greenbrier Classic i(...)

Daniel and Amy McArthur of Ashers bakery leaving Laganside Court in Belfast. Photograph: Stephen Kilkenny/PA Wire

Spare a thought for the beleaguered bakers and the offended florists. From Northern Ireland to the US states of Indiana and Arkansas, the Christian(...)

A combination photo shows a sequence of an explosion erupting from a CSX Corp train derailment in Mount Carbon, West Virginia February 16th, 2015. Photograph: Reuters/Steve Keenan 0:46

A train hauling 109 cars of crude oil derailed in West Virginia on Monday, setting a number of cars ablaze and forcing the evacuation of two towns.CSX(...)

President Barack Obama answering questions in the White House yesterday. He said he is “eager to work with the new Congress to make the next two years as productive as possible”. Photograph: Larry Downing/Reuters

President Barack Obama said Republicans “had a good night” in Tuesday’s midterm elections but attributed the party’s sweeping wins to the public’s di(...)

Republican Bruce Rauner gives a thumbs-up after winning the midterm elections in Chicago, Illinois, November 4th, 2014. Photograph; Jim Young/Reuters

If you landed from space this week you might think the United States Capitol in Washington, DC, encased in a new grey cocoon of scaffolding erected to(...)

US president Barack Obama photographed meeting with his national security and public health teams in the Roosevelt Room at the White House yesterday. He  could be on track to see his party record the biggest losses in the House of any presidential term since Harry Truman. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Barack Obama will need all his great oratorical powers to explain the Republican wins over Democrats in the US midterms elections that exceed the “she(...)

 United States Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky, waves to supporters with his wife Elaine Chao during his victory celebration at the Marriott East Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky yesterday. Photograph: Mark Lyons/EPA 1:30

US president Barack Obama suffered a heavy political defeat as Republicans won back the Senate from Democrats in the US midterm elections, giving the (...)

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Image of the week: Hard Times Tavern Bitter about the budget? Water charges leaving a nasty taste in your mouth? A drink or several at the Hard(...)

Republican US senator Pat Roberts cradles a baby after speaking at a Conservative Revival in Gardner, Kansas. Photograph: Dave Kaup/Reuters

Herbie Hopper is standing on a busy roadside in Wichita, Kansas, holding one end of a large yellow flag. It shows a picture of a coiled rattlesnake(...)