Curt Schilling of the Boston Red Sox: “There’s no grey area. If you do it and you don’t stop, you are going to eventually get cancer of the mouth.” Photo:  Nick Laham/Getty Images)

In the evocative and charming coming of age movie The Sandlot, a group of Little Leaguers are determined to emulate their baseball heroes in every way(...)

Crowd control: President Obama at the baseball game between Tampa Bay Rays and Cuba’s national team, in Havana. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

Niurka Céspedes walks along San Juan de Dios Street in Old Havana with a few groceries. She spends her days minding her blind 76-year-old mother, who (...)

US Speaker of the House Paul Ryan  outside the US Supreme Court  in Washington DC. File photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

When the speaker of the US House of Representatives Paul Ryan welcomes acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny and president Barack Obama at the St Patrick’s Day (...)

Pallbearers carry the casket of Sandra Bland during the funeral service in the Chicago suburb of Willow Springs. Photograph: Reuters

Hundreds of people have attended the funeral of Sandra Bland, a black woman found dead in a Texas jail cell days after she was arrested following a mi(...)

President Barack Obama Last year he singled out Ireland for criticism, saying some US firms had “magically” become Irish through takeovers

Closing the “Double Irish” tax loophole was “more than overdue” and must be followed by further actions, one of the US Congress’s most vocal critics (...)

Affable US vice-president Joe Biden sweet-talked wives, cooed at children and kissed daughters. “I like kids better than people,” he was heard to say. Photograph: Reuters

Joe Biden has a mouth that can sometimes land him in hot water, but the jocular US vice-president came into his own at the Senate ceremonial swearing-(...)

A World War Two veteran tours the World War Two Memorial in Washington yesterday.  The memorial is technically closed due to the government shutdown, but was opened on Tuesday and yesterday for visiting veteran groups. Photograph: Reuters

The second World War memorial in Washington has become a beachhead in the fightback against political paralysis on Capitol Hill and the government shu(...)

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has been meeting with Republican representatives in Washington to discuss immigration reform today. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said he had travelled to Washington to lobby US members of congress, particularly Republicans, at “a critical time” in the deba(...)

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore TD: to meet members of the US congress to lobby for their support for new immigration legislation. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore lands in Washington DC today to meet members of the US congress to lobby for their support for(...)

Supporters of immigration reform cheer after the Senate Judiciary Committee approved legislation to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws, on Capitol Hill. Photograph: Drew Angerer/The New York Times

The most sweeping changes to US immigration laws in more than a quarter of a century, including 10,(...)