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Police close in on the US Capitol as people run for cover after reports of a shooting. The US Capitol and the White House were placed on lockdown. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

The US Capitol was briefly locked down today after gunshots were fired outside the building following a car chase across central Washington which ende(...)

Irina Walker (60), was among 18 people charged with holding 10 cockfighting ‘derbies’ in 2012 and 2013

A Romanian princess, the daughter of exiled former King Michael, appeared in a US court yesterday with her American husband on charges related to cock(...)

A prison guard outside a solitary confinement cell at Pelican Bay prison in California.  Since July 8th there has been widespread participation in a  hunger strike protest over indefinite solitary confinement. Photograph: Jim Wilson/The New York Times

Convicted killer Todd Ashker is the unlikely legal brain behind the largest prison protest in California’s history, a hunger strike which today enters(...)

Trail blazing: Richard Livermore, Dr G, Bart Madson, Gary Walker and Geoff Hill at Cow Creek Canyon, Oregon

Carl Stearns Clancy, the first round-the-world biker, whose route we were retracing 100 years on, knew the road east through the Sierra mountains woul(...)

Gary Walker, Dr Gregory Frazier, Richard Livermore, fan and Geoff Hill on the latest leg of re-creating the journey made by Carl Stearns Clancy

Carl Stearns Clancy, the first around-the-world biker, whose route we are retracing 100 years on, arrived in San Franciso to find that his Henderson h(...)

Shad Dohl, of Colorado Springs watches as smoke rises into the air from the Black Forest Fire  near Colorado Springs, Colorado yesterday.  Photograph: Chris Schneider/Getty Images

Thousands of residents have fled and dozens of homes have been destroyed by three Colorado wildfires fuelled by hot temperatures, gusty winds and t(...)

 President Barack Obama at the White House yesterday with departing national security adviser Tom Donilon,  incoming national security adviser Susan Rice (centre) and  Samantha Power, the new US ambassador to the UN.  Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

The Obama administration has acknowledged that it is collecting a massive amount of telephone records from at least one carrier, reopening the debate (...)

An examiner demonstrates the process of analysing the genetically modified wheat sample. Photograph: Lee Jae-Won/Reuters

A strain of unapproved genetically modified wheat has been found in the northwestern US state of Oregon. It is being linked to Monsanto, the US biotec(...)

The Oregon State Police Explosives Unit removes explosives from the home of a 17-year-old West Albany High School student in Albany, Oregon. Photograph: KGW Media Group/Handout via Reuters

Police in Oregon say they have disrupted a plot by a student to set off explosives at his high school in what one official described as a “video-game (...)

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