US president Barack Obama waves at the start of his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on anuary 20th, 2015. Photograph:  Joshua Roberts/Reuters

Barack Obama will stand on the dais of the US House of Representatives tonight to deliver his final State of the Union in a speech that is being previ(...)

The San Bernadino gunman Syed Rizwan Farook pictured in his Californian  driver’s licence.  The shooting  rampage by Farook and his wife  Tashfeen Malik   left 14 dead. Photograph: California Department of Motor Vehicles/Handout/Reuters

It happens all too often and the response – and lack of any follow-up action to prevent it happening again – is all too familiar. It is easy to list o(...)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary  Clinton  appears to be behaving like she might have something to lose in her race to win the Democratic nomination. Photograph: AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall

Hillary Clinton is approaching her presidential campaign with a new abandon. She is showing a more human side by lampooning Republicans on comedy TV a(...)

Dude, where’s my hit?: journalist Jon Snow and doctor Christian Jessen on Drugs Live: Cannabis Dude, where’s my hit?: journalist Jon Snow and doctor Christian Jessen on Drugs Live: Cannabis

I’ve often murmured, “Are you on drugs?” as I’ve watched Jennie Bond gush about a royal hat, and I’ve often thought you’d have to be on drugs as Dr(...)

A photo with victims of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in late 2012. Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images

My children played a new game at school the other day. It was called Code Red. It was a game, but it wasn’t supposed to be fun. “The teacher pu(...)

Mementos for 20 students and six educators killed in the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Photograph: Adrees Latif/Reuters

The families of nine people killed in a 2012 massacre at school in Newtown, Connecticut have sued the maker of the gun used in the attack, saying (...)

Richard Martinez:  “These things are going to continue until somebody does something, so where the hell is the leadership?” Photograph: Jae C Hong/AP

The father of one of six college students killed by a 22-year-old in California on Friday blamed Congress for his son’s death yesterday, saying the(...)

Adam Lanza was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome at the age of 13 but his father believes this may have hidden a more serious mental illness. Photograph: AP Photo/Western Connecticut State University

The father of Adam Lanza, the gunman responsible for murders of 20 schoolchildren and six adults at the Sandy(...)

US president Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama observe a moment of silence and light candles in memory of the 20 children and six school workers killed by a gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary School one year ago, in the Map Room at the White House in Washington, today. Photograph: Reuters

US president Barack Obama has marked the anniversary of the massacre at Sandy Hook elementary school with a moment of silence at the White House. Befo(...)

Anne Alzapiedi, of the Newtown Selectman’s office waits for journalists to pick up the 911 recordings in Danbury, Connecticut yesterday . Photograph: Michelle McLoughlin/Reuters

The operators are calm; most of the callers are not. One teacher tells an operator on a 911 emergency phone call that she is in a classroom just insid(...)