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California attorney general Xavier Becerra:  Suing   Trump over his emergency declaration to fund wall on  US-Mexico border. Photograph: Rich Pedroncelli/AP Photo

California and 15 other US states have filed a lawsuit against Donald Trump’s emergency declaration to fund a wall on the US-Mexico border. Californi(...)

US engineer Albert Santiago. His case was adjourned until November. Photograph:  Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

An American engineer working for a US pharmaceutical company went beserk after mixing drink with prescription medicines and put people’s lives at risk(...)

Jeffrey Lichtman, lawyer for, Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán’,  arrives at the Brooklyn Federal Courthouse in New York on February 6th. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Whatever happens in the jury room in Brooklyn this Monday morning, people outside are starting to think the unthinkable: that Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmá(...)

Gatorade has  created a patch that it claims will let you know you’re dehydrated by simply looking at it.

Someday soon, perhaps within a year, you’ll be able to slap a soft, stretchy patch on to your arm that tells you if you’re dehydrated. Or that your el(...)

Financier Paul Coulson’s Ardagh said the “footprint adjustment” was aimed at improving the group’s competitiveness.  File photograph: Alan Betson

Irish financier Paul Coulson’s Ardagh Group revealed on Thursday that it plans to close a second US glass-container plant in a little over a years, si(...)

Pedestrians bundle up in sub-freezing temperatures on the campus of the University of Nebraska-Omaha on Wednesday. Photograph:  Nati Harnik/PA

A wave of Arctic air that paralysed the US Midwest and caused at least a dozen deaths swept across the country’s Northeast on Thursday but was expect(...)

The Chicago city skyline is seen from the North Avenue Beach at Lake Michigan on Tuesday. Photograph: Pinar Istek/Reuters

A large swath of the United States was gripped by brutal cold and wind chills on Wednesday as record-low temperatures caused by a blast of Arctic air(...)

The Chicago  skyline as seen from the North Avenue Beach at Lake Michigan, as  the polar vortex has descended on much of the central and eastern United States. Photograph: Pinar Istek/Reuters

The cold front bringing its icy grip to parts of the US and Canada is a result of a weather condition called a polar vortex. It might seem counter-in(...)

Snow blanketing Prospect Park in Brooklyn, in January 2014. Forecasters expect Wednesday’s high temperature to be minus 25 degrees Celsius in Chicago and Minneapolis. Photograph: Todd Heisler/The New York Times

A blast of Arctic-chilled air from the polar vortex brought dangerous, record-setting cold to a wide swath of the eastern United States on Tuesday, s(...)

 Katie Hill, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,  Lauren Underwood  and Angie Craig: tracked Mitch McConnell to petition him to have a vote to reopen the government. Photograph: Sarah Silbiger/New York Times

After I’d been writing a column for a few years, a male boss gave me a T-shirt depicting the Furies swooping. He didn’t mean it as a compliment. The(...)

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