Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the US’s national bird. He described the bald eagle as a “bird of bad moral character”. Photograph: Larry W Smith/ EPA

The US National Turkey Federation estimates that 46 million turkeys were eaten on Thanksgiving Day last Thursday. In a recent survey, it also(...)

Tangier Island, Virginia, in Chesapeake Bay; The island is just 4ft above sea level so it is vulnerable to the vast expanse of water around it. Photograph: Simon Carswell

As James “Ooker” Eskridge drives around Tangier Island, which he has represented as mayor for eight years, he stops his electric golf cart next(...)

Reem Akkad, a Syrian-American woman who was born in Michigan and who grew up in the US, Syria and other parts of the Middle East. She is a board member of Syrian American Rescue Network, a non-political and non-religious group of volunteers in southern-eastern Michigan set up to help Syrians settle in the US. Photograph: Simon Carswell

Lujain Breijawi and her cousin Alaa Breijawi, both 24, sit in their rented home in a Detroit suburb in Michigan, as Alaa’s daughter Hind (4) plays beh(...)

Former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm: prosecutor told court Mr Drumm had “significant assets and means to flee”. Photograph: Josh Reynolds

Former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm yesterday made a personal and emotional plea to a US judge to be released on bail pending his extr(...)

David Drumm’s legal team arriving at the courthouse in Boston yesterday. Photograph: Jake Belcher

A US judge has asked lawyers for former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm and a prosecutor seeking his extradition back to Ireland to pick(...)

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush serving coffee to military veterans in Johnston, Iowa, to mark Veterans Day. Photograph: Simon Carswell/The Irish Times

They know all about winnowing fields in Iowa, this agricultural state in America’s heartland. Many Republicans are waiting for the party’s large field(...)

Maureen O’Hara’s coffin is carried at her funeral. Photograph: Marty Katz/

Ireland’s first Hollywood movie star Maureen O’Hara was remembered at her funeral in the US as an untameable and fiery spirit who never forgot her Iri(...)

A Democratic Party supporter in Louisville takes down a sign supporting Jack Conway, the defeated candidate in the Kentucky governorship election. Photograph: Philip Scott Andrew/The New York Times

A California state politician, a Democrat from the San Francisco Bay area, wants a Bill passed that would allow people to take selfies while castin(...)

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams speaks at Friends of Sinn Féin fundraising dinner at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel in New York,  on Thursday.   Photograph: Michael Nagle

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams shot back at criticism over him missing Dáil debates to attend the party’s $500-a-plate (€460) fundraising dinner in N(...)

Richland County Sheriff’s Department officer Ben Fields pictured with Karen Beaman, principal of Lonnie B. Nelson Elementary School. Photograph: REUTERS/Richland County Sheriff’s Department

Not a week goes by in the US without some shaky phone footage surfacing showing police brutality, for the most part directed at members of the African(...)