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US president Joe Biden receives a Covid-19 booster shot at the White House on Monday. Photograph:  Evan Vucci/AP

Healthcare employers and unions have called on the federal government to tackle crippling staff shortages, as a deadly wave of Covid-19 sweeps the US (...)

A view of a derailed Amtrak train, outside of Joplin, Montana. Photograph: Jacob Cordeiro/EPA

At least three people have died after an Amtrak train operating between Seattle and Chicago derailed in north-central Montana. The westbound Empire (...)

A home burns as flames from the Dixie fire tear through the Indian Falls neighborhood of unincorporated Plumas County, California. Photograph: Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty

Flames racing through rugged terrain in northern California destroyed scores of homes as the state’s largest wildfire intensified and numerous other b(...)

A photo provided by the United States Coast Guard show a mining camp near Nome, Alaska, where a Coast Guard helicopter crew rescued a man who had been attacked by a bear that “kept coming back every night.” Down to his last rounds of ammunition, with bruises and a leg injury, the man was rescued by a helicopter crew that just happened by. Photograph: United States Coast Guard /The New York Times

He was sleep-deprived and nearly out of ammunition, alone in the wilderness of Alaska. Well, not really alone. For several nights in a row, the man ha(...)

Pure Grit: ‘It’s very scary. They’re really wild horses. And Sharmaine is tiny,’ says film-maker Kim Bartley

Sharmaine Weed from the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming is telling me about the last time she came off a speeding horse. “Thirty minutes before the(...)

Niall Ferguson in Mumbai, 2011. The British historian is critical of what he calls the ‘Davos syndrome’ of focusing on the threat of climate change to the exclusion of everything else. Photograph Kunal Patil/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

The day after I speak to historian Niall Ferguson, Dominic Cummings appears at a House of Commons committee, where he recalls the words of UK deputy c(...)

Kai Jones skiing in Jackson, Wyoming. Photograph: Nic Alegre/Teton Gravity Research

Kai Jones, who at 14 is already a professional adventure skier with the videos to prove it, likes to reminisce about the old days. Like, when he was a(...)

The move by Republican senator for Texas Ted Cruz and 10 other senators from his party is largely symbolic and unlikely to overturn the result of the presidential election. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty

Ted Cruz of Texas, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and nine other Republican US senators or senators-elect said on Saturday they will reject presidential ele(...)

Undated handout photo issued by the Country Music Association of Charley Pride. Photograph:  Joseph Llanes/CMA/PA

Charley Pride, a son of sharecroppers who rose to become country music’s first black superstar on the strength of hits including “Kiss an Angel Good M(...)

“Won Texas” written on a notepad during an election night party in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC. Photograph: Bloomberg

At the end of a tense election day with historic turnout, here are five key takeaways as Americans head into Wednesday on edge and without a clear win(...)

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