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People use skyways to avoid going outside as temperatures  in Minneapolis dropped to -25 degrees Celsius. Photograph: EPA/Craig Lassig.

Temperatures plunged to record lows on the US east coast as the so-called polar vortex drove freezing Arctic wind chills eastwards in another day o(...)

A view of the War Memorial in Indianapolis, Indiana. According to news reports, Indianapolis received about 30 centimeters of snow and the morning temperature was -9 degrees Celsius. Photograph: Steve C Mitchell/EPA

A deadly blast of arctic air shattered decades-old temperature records as it enveloped the eastern United States today, canceling thousands of flight(...)

A taxi drives through snow at Madison Avenue in New York yesterday. A severe winter storm dumped more than 60cms of snow in some areas of Northeastern US including the cities of New York, Hartford, Providence and Boston. Photograph: EPA

A deep freeze expected in the US Midwest, north-eastern New England states and even the South will be one to remember, with potential record-low tempe(...)

The State Claims Agency has strongly defended its handling of recent cases involving compensation. Photograph:  Leonhard Foeger/Reuters

The State Claims Agency, the organisation that manages personal injury and property damage claims against the State, tends to go about its work quietl(...)

‘It’s a part I’ve waited 77 years for.” When Bruce Dern’s turn in Alexander Payne’s Nebraska deservedly took the Best Actor prize at this year’s Canne(...)

Professor Philip Nolan the NUI Maynooth president and curator Christopher Ridgeway speaking as the Morpeth Roll goes on display to the general public at NUI Maynooth in Co Kildare. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The signatures of the great-great grandfather and great-uncle of former US President Ronald Reagan have been found on a pre-famine roll which is now o(...)

A vehicle sits on a pile of debris from the destruction caused by a tornado that touched down in Washington, Illinois yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

A fast-moving storm system triggered multiple tornadoes yesterday that killed at least six people and flattened large parts of a town in Illinois as i(...)

What if the details of mishaps were to be disclosed? Would it lead to a fall in litigation? Photograph: Getty Images

One of the most common issues raised by patients with this writer over the past year relates to efforts to obtain information from the health system a(...)

A woman who was the getaway driver after Irish student Natasha McShane (above) and her friend Stacy Jurich were attacked in Chicago in  2010 has been sentenced to 22 years in prison.

A key witness in the trial of a man convicted of attempting to murder Irish student Natasha McShane has been formally sentenced to 22 years in prison.(...)

A prisoner in solitary confinement has his hands shackled before his cell door is opened at a penitentiary in California. Photograph:  New York Times

The US prison system has marked a grim anniversary. This is of the decision, 30 years ago, to impose a state of indefinite lockdown at Marion penitent(...)

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