The Fed has said it will raise rates only when it sees a sustained recovery in the economy. Photograph: Getty Images

US stocks rose sharply on Thursday, a day after posting their biggest one-day gain in four years, as data showed the US economy grew faster in the sec(...)

Stocks surged late in trading, appearing to respond to the view of William Dudley, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, that next month may be not be the right time to start increasing rates.

US stocks yesterday wiped out most losses suffered in a two-day rout, with shares posting their biggest gains since 2011 as investors shook off concer(...)

 New York: $6.3 million was raised from the state over the past 20 years. Photograph: Gary Hershorn/EPA

An examination of the 20 years of financial information in the group’s US filings shows the success the party has enjoyed in tapping the Irish-America(...)

Billionaire John C Malone, the biggest landowner in the US has now set his sites on creating an Irish property portfolio. Photographer: Matthew Staver/Bloomberg via Getty Images

American billionaire John Malone says he buys land because, reprising the Mark Twain adage, they are not making it anymore. But it’s mostly because(...)

Conservative protesters pray in front of the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC, yesterday. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

The US supreme court has declined to be drawn into the nationwide debate on same-sex marriage, immediately increasing the number of states tha(...)

Gay marriage to be allowed in five states including Utah after US supreme court decision. Cindy Bednarz (L) and her wife Lisa Bednarz attend a same-sex marriage rally at Utah’s State Capitol building in Salt Lake City, Utah in this file photo. Photograph: Jim Urquhart/Files/Reuters

The US supreme court today declined to decide once and for all whether states can ban gay marriage, a surprise move that will allow gay men and women (...)

US Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen with European Central Bank president  Mario Draghi at Jackson Hole. Photograph: Bradly Boner/Bloomberg

The world’s central bankers gathered at Jackson Hole last week in the great annual corroboree of the monetary policy clan. Yet while tribal loyalty(...)

US Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen tells conference slack remains in labour market following “the largest and most sustained loss of employment” since the Great Depression. Photograph: Reuters

US Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen has said slack remains in the US labor market even after gains made during the five years of economic recovery. (...)

Fossil fueled: Kristin Donnan Standard, Peter Larson and Dinosaur 13 director Todd Douglas Miller

Never mind those super-beings in leotards or those cars that turn into robots, the most admirable movie hero of the summer might just be a softly s(...)

Adam Lynch, the Ho Hum Bandit, nonchalantly passed notes to bank tellers demanding cash. Photograph: FBI

An Irish bank robber, one of the most prolific in recent United States history, has been sentenced to a further period in jail of nearly six years in (...)