Former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton and her husband, former US president Bill Clinton, at the Harkin ‘steak fry’ in Indianola, Iowa. Photograph: Reuters/Jim Young

Hillary Clinton has sent another strong signal that she may run for the presidency in 2016 when she returned to the politically significant state o(...)

Strong prices: A sculpture of cartoon figure Popeye by Jeff Koons was sold to Las Vegas casino operator Steve Wynn for $28.1 million at Sotheby’s

More than $1 billion was spent at Christie’s and Sotheby’s in New York this week in a series of record-breaking auctions. Among the highlights was a (...)

Three Studies for a Portrait of John Edwards. Photograph: Christie’s Images Ltd

A painting by Dublin-born artist Francis Bacon sold for $80.8 million (€58.9 million) in New York last night. The triptych painting Three Studies for (...)

‘Three Studies of Lucian Freud’ by Francis Bacon which sold for a world record $142.4m during Christie’s art sale in New York. Photograph: Christie’s Images via Getty Images

There is a certain logic to the fact that Francis Bacon’s 1969 painting Three Studies of Lucian Freud broke auction records when it sold for $142.4 mi(...)

 Eric Eoin Marques has been remanded in custody for a further two weeks. File Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

A man accused by the FBI of the world’s largest facilitator of child pornography has been remanded in custody by the High Court for a further two we(...)

US vice-president Joe Biden listens to secretary of state Hillary Clinton at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington in February 2010. According to Double Down by journalists Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, President Barack Obama’s top aides secretly considered replacing Biden with Clinton on the 2012 ticket in late 2011, when Mr. Obama’s re-election outlook appeared uncertain. Photograph: Luke Sharrett/The New York Times

There is a hilarious episode in a new tell-all book about the 2012 presidential election, a tome that has buzzed Washington this past week, that shows(...)

Dancers perform during the Mercedes-Benz news conference at the New York Auto Show. Photo: Reuters

BILL VLASIC With the luxury vehicle market booming, automakers are rushing to fill their showrooms with expensive new models now on displ(...)