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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(...)

US senator Elizabeth Warren is a fierce critic of President Donald Trump and on Monday took a big step towards a run for the presidency. Photograph: Reuters

US senator Elizabeth Warren on Monday became the most prominent Democrat to announce a challenge to the Republican president in 2020. The Senator has(...)

Texas, the state synonymous with oil and gas, has become the leading supplier of wind energy in the United States.

Ignore the vapid efforts by the US administration to resurrect antiquated energy industries like coal. Economies of scale have provided wind and solar(...)

Experience + Innocence: Bono at U2’s London show on Tuesday. Photograph: Simone Joyner/Getty

By any yardstick a 61-date world tour is going to be gruelling, not least on the back of a 51-show tour only a year earlier. But the home stretch is w(...)

 Brett Kavanaugh exemplified  entitled white men acting like the new minority, howling about things being taken away, aggrieved at anything that saps their power. Photograph: Win McNamee/Pool/Reuters

I never thought it could be as brutal. The same Republican gargoyles who once tore Anita Hill limb from limb knew they had to tread gingerly, with wo(...)

Emergency staff respond after part of a concert venue in  Thackerville collapses. Photograph: Reuters via social media

At least 14 people have been injured and taken to hospitals after trusses holding up the entrance to a resort where the Backstreet Boys were set to be(...)

If a running shoe made you 25 per cent faster, would it be fair to wear it in a race? What about 10 per cent? Or 2 per cent? The Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4%(...)

Arizona teachers march  for the #RedforEd movement in April in Phoenix, Arizona. Teachers state-wide staged a walk-out strike  in support of better wages and state funding for public schools. Photograph:  Ralph Freso/Getty Images

Fifteen kilometres northeast of downtown Phoenix, Arizona’s capital, lies the suburb of Scottsdale. The leafy enclave has long been Republi(...)

Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

CRH has completed the sale of cement and ready-mix assets related to its Ash Grove acquisition to Grupo Cementos de Chihuahua (GCC). The Irish compa(...)

US president Donald Trump: After winning by warning voters they were being suckered, he’s made them all suckers. Photograph: Chris Kleponis

Con artists have always been slithering around. Huckleberry Finn tangled with flimflam men on Mississippi riverboats. There was a flirty snake-oil sal(...)

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