Among chief executives of firms on the S&P 1500 for each woman, there are four men named John, Robert, William or James. Photograph: Thinkstock

Fewer large companies are run by women than by men named John, a sure indicator that the glass ceiling remains firmly in place in corporate America. A(...)

Trader Fred DeMarco watches a screen as he works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange: The longer you hold equities, the greater your chances of a decent return. But how long is necessary? Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

After a 15-year wait, the FTSE 100 finally hit fresh all-time highs last week, a milestone that appears to have catalysed confusion on a grand scale.“(...)

Anthony Elonis repeatedly posted on Facebook about about killing his ex-wife and gunning down kindergarten children. Photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

“There’s one way to love you but a thousand ways to kill you. I’m not going to rest until your body is a mess, soaked in blood and dying from all the (...)

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(...)

Jacob Phelps, grandson of Westboro Baptist Church pastor Fred Phelps, demonstrates outside the U.S. Supreme Court. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty

Fred Phelps snr, once pastor of the infamously intolerant Westboro Baptist Church, is close to death, according to his son. Nathan Phelps(...)

European earnings continue to lag the US, where 62 per cent of companies have beaten estimates – one of the highest percentages of the last thr(...)

Jax Collins and Heather Collins share a kiss after getting married at the Salt Lake County Government Building in Salt Lake City, Utah, last month. The US Supreme Court put a halt to same-sex marriages in Utah last Monday. Photograph: Jim Urquhart/Reuters

The highest-ranking court in the United States caused another stir this week when on Monday it put a halt to same-sex marriages in conservative Utah, (...)

Supporters of same-sex marriage outside the US Supreme Court in Washington yesterday. The court handed a significant victory to gay rights advocates by recognising that married gay men and women are eligible for federal benefits, paving the way for same-sex marriage in California. Photograph: James Lawler Duggan/Reuters

The plaza in front of the US supreme court was awash with rainbow flags and “marry who you love” signs yesterday as hundreds of gay Americans celebrat(...)

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) field director Charles White  speaks at a podium outside the US Supreme Court building in Washington, DC, today. The court ruled that Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, which aimed at protecting minority voters, is unconstitutional. Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images

In a major blow to civil rights activists, the US Supreme Court today struck down an important part of a 48-year-old federal law designed to protect m(...)

Edith Windsor (centre) is mobbed by journalists and supporters as she leaves the Supreme Court in Washington, yesterday. The court heard oral arguments in the case “Edith Schlain Windsor” challenging the constitutionality of the Defence of Marriage Act, the second case about same-sex marriage this week. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The US Supreme Court appeared to be in favour of repealing a 1996 federal law that denies legally married gay couples the same(...)