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Senate minority Leader Mitch McConnell leaves the Senate floor in Washington. Democratic and Republican leaders in the Senate were close late last night to an agreement that would increase the nation’s borrowing authority and provide enough money to operate the government until the end of the year. Photograph: Gabriella Demczuk/The New York Times

US Senate leaders are poised to reach an agreement as early as today to bring a halt to the fiscal standoff, and now must race the clock to sell the p(...)

Members of Adapt, a grassroots disability rights group that supports Obamacare, march in Washington during the US government shutdown today. Photograph:  Gary Cameron/Reuters

The US government launched the centrepiece of President Barack Obama’s landmark healthcare reform today, opening online insurance marketplaces across(...)

Apple  attracted long lines of shoppers today for the global debut of its latest iPhones, the company’s biggest product introduction this year. Photograph: George Frey/Bloomberg

Apple’s use of fingerprint identification with the iPhone 5S that went on sale today raises substantial privacy questions for the company and for phon(...)

Michele Bachmann, who made an ill-fated run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, announced yesterday she would not seek a fifth term in Congress next year. Photograph: Travis Dove/The New York Times

Former Republican presidential candidate and Tea Party star Michele Bachmann has said that she will not seek a fifth term in Congress next year, endin(...)

Part of a four-lane freeway bridge over a river in a rural area north of Seattle has collapsed, sending vehicles and people into the frigid wat(...)

Debris  at a mobile home park near Shawnee, Oklahoma, which was destroyed by a tornado yesterday. Photograph: Bill Waugh/Reuters

Tornadoes caused havoc in the US state of Oklahoma yesterday, turning homes in a trailer park into splinters and rubble and sending frightened (...)

When his mother told him to get a job in the civil service, a teenage Kieran Folliard balked at the idea. So he went to Saudi Arabia to market (...)

Memoirs, like memories, are subject to the usual vagaries of life. Often selective, romantic, self-aggrandising and sometimes downright fiction(...)

Ronan McGreevy More than 5,500 people, most of them from abroad, have so far signed up to walk in the “people’s parade” ahead of the mai(...)

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