New Jersey governor Chris Christie opened his state of the state address with an apology and a vow to fully co-operate with “all appropriate” investigations of an apparent scheme to cause massive traffic jams. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Republican Chris Christie has said he will co-operate with “all appropriate inquiries” into the “Bridgegate” political scandal as the controversy over(...)

New Jersey governer Chris Christie: facing questions about a marketing contract awarded to a firm that charged $2 million  more than a comparable bid. Photograph:   Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Chris Christie’s troubles have continued to mount as New Jersey’s governor is being investigated for improperly using Hurricane Sandy relief funds to (...)

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, right, shakes hands with former US president Bill Clinton at Mr de Blasio’s formal inauguration as mayor in New York today. Photograph: Todd Heisler/New York Times

Bill de Blasio claimed his place as the 109th mayor of New York City shortly after 1 pm local time today, delivering an inaugural address at City Hal(...)

New York City Democratic mayoral nominee Bill de Blasio greets commuters while riding the R train from the Bay Bridge neighborhood of Brooklyn on his way to a campaign stop, in New York.

The election of two state governors in the US today may raise some telling pointers for the 2016 presidential race, Meanwhile, a Democrat will likely (...)

Rain approaching in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest. If greenhouse emissions continue their steady escalation, temperatures across most of the earth will rise to levels with no recorded precedent by the middle of this century, researchers say. Photograph: The New York Times

The conclusions of the fifth assessment report of the Intergovernmental panel on climate change (IPCC) – the world’s foremost authority on climate-cha(...)

Uruguay’s president Jose Mujica (L) and his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro hold talks at Havana’s Revolution Palace. Photograph: Ernesto Mastrascusa/Reuters.

Cuban president Raul Castro used a television address marking the 60th anniversary of the start of the Cuban revolution to assure the public that a (...)

The Breezy Gaelic Sports Team Building Day is the second time Gaelic games have come to  Breezy Point to “boost morale, ” says former Gaelic football star Kevin Cassidy. Photograph: Conor McBride

Rebuilding one day at a time – that’s how Breezy Point’s restoration volunteers describe their job, which is far from done more than seven months afte(...)

State of The National: Bryan and Scott Devendorf, Matt Berninger, and Bryce and Aaron Dessner

It’s a beautiful spring morning in Brooklyn, and The National’s guitarist Aaron Dessner is unlocking the studio in the garden of his house. Onc(...)

US president Barack Obama receives a bowl of shamrock from Taoiseach Enda Kenny during last night’s St Patrick's Day reception at the White House. Photograph: Chris Kleponis/Reuters

US president Barack Obama said that the achievement of the many Irish in America was another reason why his administration needed “to build an (...)

Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky at  the Conservative Political Action Conference in  Maryland yesterday. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

US Republicans have gathered in Maryland for the Conservative Political Action Conference. The party is using the three-day conclave to search (...)