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 (...)

The Westin is the third hotel in Dublin to be acquired by John Malone and his Irish partners Lalco, operated by John Lally and Paul Higgins. The others are the Trinity City Hotel, Pearse Street and Hilton Hotel, Charlemont Place. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

John Malone, the billionaire behind UPC-owner Liberty Global, has bought the five-star Westin Hotel in Dublin for €65 million. The acquisition is exp(...)

Google said any bill banning the use of Google Glass by drivers would be premature, as product development  is still ongoing.

JJ Worrall Illinois, Delaware and Missouri are set to introduce bills to stop drivers from wearing Google Glass headsets while behind the(...)

Dennis McGuire, a murderer and rapist, was executed with an untested combination of drugs by the state of Ohio on January 16th. Photograph: Ohio department of rehabilitation and corrections via the New York Times

America Letter: Ohio’s execution of convicted murderer Dennis McGuire earlier this month with a new two-drug experimental concoction has stirred up(...)

Patty Griffin: ‘I don’t have a naturally strong voice. I have to work like an athlete to keep it’

‘I wrote a lot of it before he died. I was kind of bracing myself for that because you know it was going to be big. I was connected to him pretty s(...)