Texas governor Rick Perry will likely run for the US presidency on the basis that he knows how to create prosperity. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

Governor Rick Perry of Texas is running for president again. What are his chances? Will he once again become a punchline? I have absolutely no idea. T(...)

 Officials familiar with the deal say Bank of America  has reached a record $17 billion settlement with federal and state authorities over its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the 2008 financial crisis.

The US justice department is poised to announce a $16.65 billion settlement with Bank of America over accusations that it duped investors into buying (...)

Demonstrators hold up a sign  reflecting the protester chant of ‘Don’t shoot’ during a rally in Ferguson, Missouri, over the killing earlier this month of teenager Michael Brown.  Despite the Brown family’s continued call for peaceful demonstrations, violent protests have erupted nearly every night in Ferguson since his death. Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty Images 1:06

Neglecting lessons of past civil disturbances such as the 1992 Rodney King riots in Los Angeles, police inflamed tensions that have fuelled more than(...)

 Robin Williams  as disc-jockey Adrian Cronauer in ‘Good Morning Vietnam’.  Williams, whose free-form comedy and impressions dazzled audiences for decades, has died in an apparent suicide. Photograph: AP Photo/Touchstone Pictures 2:16

The Oscar-winning actor and stand-up comedian Robin Williams who was found dead in his California home took his own life, police have confirmed.Lieute(...)

Eirtech Aviation managing director Niall Cunningham. Photograph: David Sleator

Los Angeles private equity firm Vance Street Capital has bought Shannon-based aircraft coating company Eirtech Aviation. Vance Street did not disclos(...)

Harvey Bassett, aka DJ Harvey, has been a pioneer of UK disco and house for decades and is now receiving much acclaim Stateside. Wildest Dreams is cut(...)

Josh Lloyd-Watson: ‘I don’t want to look at my own album sleeve and see my own face’

There will always a place at the table for bands who can talk a good game. On the phone from Seattle on a day off on a recent US tour, Josh Lloyd-Wats(...)

Opportune Capital  non-executive chairman Robert Dix.

Irish property investment adviser Opportune has formed a joint venture with Eden Roc Capital to invest more than €200 million in middle-market prop(...)

It seems an awfully long time since Channing Tatum left this agreeably cheese-headed sequence of dance movies. You would have as much chance of inv(...)

Lifeguards bring ashore the victim of a lightning strike in Venice, California. Lightning from a line of summer thunderstorms moving over the Los Angeles area killed a 20-year-old man and injured 13 other people yesterday, officials said. Photograph: Jonathan Alcorn/Reuters

Lightning from a line of summer thunderstorms moving over the Los Angeles area killed a 20-year-old man and injured 13 other people yesterday, officia(...)