Hurricane Sandy: the most prevailing smell in the book is of the materials that householders use to repair damage. Photograph: Debra L Rothenberg/Getty

The incomparable Mississippian Richard Ford is a great writer, no question about that. More importantly, he is a great American writer. Throughout his(...)

Protestors fill Broadway in the Flood Wall Street rally. Photograph: EPA/Justin Lane

in New York Just a day after the huge People’s Climate March in Manhattan, which drew at least 300,000 participants, more radical activists “flooded”(...)

Demonstrators near Central Park during the People’s Climate March in New York yesterday. Photograph: Timothy Fadek/Bloomberg

Billed as “the biggest climate demonstration in history”, hundreds of thousands of people – activists, students, celebrities and even some environm(...)

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(...)