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Rutgers University Hospital in New jersey, where a nurse, Kaci Hickox, who worked with Ebola patients in west Africa, was placed in quarantine upon her arrival back to the US. Photograph: Robert Stolarik/New York Times

A nurse held in quarantine for Ebola monitoring in New Jersey plans to file a federal lawsuit challenging her confinement as a violation of her civil (...)

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, his wife Chirlane McCray and New York Health commissioner Dr. Mary Travis Bassett (L-R) have lunch at The Meatball Shop in New York yesterday. Ebola patient Dr. Craig Spencer ate at the restaurant earlier this week and de Blasio wanted to reassure New Yorkers it was safe to eat there. Photograph: Reuters

An 18-year-old West African woman is being tested for Ebola after emigrating to Australia from Guinea with eight other family members 11 days ago, st(...)

US president Barack Obama receives his ballot paper as he takes part in early voting in the Senate midterm elections at a polling station in Chicago. Photograph: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

On Monday, Barack Obama went home to Chicago to vote. “I love voting,” he said as he cast his ballot early for the upcoming November 4th midterm el(...)

Former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton and her husband, former US president Bill Clinton, at the Harkin ‘steak fry’ in Indianola, Iowa. Photograph: Reuters/Jim Young

Hillary Clinton has sent another strong signal that she may run for the presidency in 2016 when she returned to the politically significant state o(...)

Orville Wright, at the controls of the Wright Flyer, and his brother Wilbur, watch from the ground during the plane’s first flight  in   1903.  Photograph: AP Photo/File

‘No flying machine will ever fly from New York to Paris . . . [because] no known motor can run at the requisite speed for four days without stopping”.(...)

People walk past a closed McDonald’s restaurant, one of four temporarily closed by the state food safety watchdog, in Moscow. Photograph: Maxim Zmeyev/Reuters

Russia’s food safety agency will conduct checks on McDonald’s restaurants in the Urals following food safety complaints, a day after four branches of (...)

Jordan Spieth is hoping to defend his John Deere title in Illinois this weekend. Photograph: Getty

Twelve months ago, Jordan Spieth become at 19 the youngest player to win on the PGA Tour since 1931 with a thrilling play-off victory at the John D(...)

Rally Fighter: Local Motors first car, it  was built and funded by a co-creation community of enthusiasts, hobbyists, innovators and professionals.

John “Jay” Rogers jnr leans against a wall in a corridor in the bowels of the Lincoln centre in New York. He has just delivered a speech to a room ful(...)

Former Internal Revenue Service counsel Jennifer O’Connor, currently of the White House counsel’s office, testifies about emails of former IRS official Lois Lerner during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing yesterday on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Photograph: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

Revelations about a crashed computer hard drive and thousands of missing emails have reheated a controversy around the targeting of Tea Party and o(...)

Founded in 1986 in Britain, Shire conducts most of its business in the United States and has been domiciled in Ireland for tax purposes since 2008. Photograph: JB Reed/Bloomberg News

US drugmaker AbbVie Inc has confirmed today that it had made a bid approach to Shire , which was rejected by the British group’s board. It said talks (...)

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