Senator Kirsten Gillibrand: treatment of her in the halls of Capitol Hill shows even the highest offices in the land are not immune from sexual harassment that is common against women elsewhere in American society. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Letter from America: senator’s claims of sexual harassment spark indignation

Hillary Clinton: has yet to declare whether she will run as a presidential candidate in the next US elections. Photograph: Matthew Healey/The New York Times

House event charging up to $5,000 a ticket to back Clinton if she runs in 2016

Sean Dunne:   has been engaged in a cat-and-mouse game with his two biggest creditors – Nama and Ulster Bank – through the Connecticut bankruptcy court before Judge Alan Shiff. Photograph:  Steve Miller

Developer’s bid to drop US bankruptcy case not guaranteed to succeed

Sean Dunne: said that he did not have the resources to defend Nama’s objection to his being discharged. Photograph: Steve Miller

Court told trustee has evidence developer had ‘dominative control’ over wife’s assets

 An American flag is posted on a fence in front of a dry unplanted field in Lodi, California. As the severe drought in California contiues to worsen, the majority of the State’s major reservoirs are at or below 50 percent of capacity with some nearing the 20 percent mark. Photograph:  Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

63 trillion gallons of water lost in drought that stretches as far east as Kansas

A forklift is partially buried in some of the hundreds of earthquake-damaged wine barrels at the Kieu Hoang winery in Napa, California. Photograph: AP Photo/Eric Risberg

6.0-magnitude quake most severe to strike San Francisco Bay Area since 1989

Seán Dunne (left): told US court in a filing through his lawyer that even if he was successfully discharged from bankruptcy in the US there was no guarantee that he wouldn’t face a similar challenge to his discharge in his Irish bankruptcy case. Photograph: Simon Carswell

‘Status hearing’ ordered on motion to dismiss bankruptcy case

Photograph of a cake shaped like the White House together with sparklers burning and the US and British flags, as tweeted by the the British embassy in Washington.

Embassy posts: ‘Commemorating the 200th anniversary of burning the White House. Only sparklers this time!’

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