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Moody’s  headquarters in New York. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/GettyImages

The world’s second-largest credit ratings agency has agreed to pay nearly $864 million (€812 million) to settle US government and state claims that it(...)

Furuzamani Beach, Zamami Island, Kerama Islands, Okinawa, Japan
52 Places to Go in 2017
  • Travel
  • January 11, 2017, 12:30

1. Canada: A world to explore. Canada has cosmopolitan cities, barely explored natural wonders and everything in between. Canada is huge — the s(...)

Donald Trump (centre) campaigning in Florida, the biggest, most valuable battleground state in the US presidential election. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Voters go to the polls on Tuesday to elect a successor to Barack Obama as president of the United States. Here’s what to watch out for as results are (...)

The clock tower at the University of Texas in Austin, the spot from which Charles Whitman carried out a mass shooting fifty years ago. A new state law permits concealed firearms to be carried inside campus buildings. Photograph: Ilana Panich-Linsman/The New York Times.

The University of Texas has marked the 50th anniversary of a slaughter that thrust mass shootings into the US national consciousness as a new law allo(...)

Mark Hayden: ‘Not so long ago, this place was the real wild-west that we’ve all seen in the movies, and it is still pretty wild today.’

In 2012 I moved to the north-western United States. You’d be forgiven for not knowing where the “Gem State” of Idaho is; a lot of Americans couldn’t p(...)

A 4-year-old boy who was ‘clinically decapitated’ in a recent car crash in Idaho survived thanks to the actions of his rescuer. File photograph: Guillaume Souvant/AFP/Getty Images

A 4-year-old boy who was “clinically decapitated” in a recent car crash in Idaho survived after a rescuer resisted the urge to pick up and cradle the (...)

The newborn bison calf had to be euthanised because its mother had rejected it as a result of ‘interference by people,’ officials said. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Yellowstone National Park managers on Monday warned visitors to leave wildlife alone after two tourists put a newborn bison calf in their car, touchi(...)

Award-winning actor Patty Duke at an unveiling ceremony for  her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, in Los Angeles, California, in  August 2004. Duke has passed away at the age of 69. File photograph: Jim Ruymen/Reuters

Patty Duke, an Oscar-winning actor renowned in the mid-20th century as a child star of stage, film and television who went on to cultivate a respected(...)

A bird lands on Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ podium as he speaks in Portland, Oregon.  Photograph: Natalie Behring/Getty Images

Democratic US presidential contender Bernie Sanders easily won nominating contests in Alaska and Washington on Saturday, chipping away at front-runner(...)

Ted Cruz speaking at a rally in New York. The senator from Texas and candidate for the presidential nomination received an endorsement from former candidate Jeb Bush. Photograph: Reuters/Pearl Gabel

Texas senator Ted Cruz received a boost in his effort to rally Republicans behind his bid to beat Donald Trump in the Republican presidential race aft(...)

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