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House Speaker John Boehner was among  House leaders who worked late last week to help pass the monstrous farm bill. Photograph: Christopher Gregory/The New York Times

Something terrible has happened to the soul of the Republican Party in the United States. We’ve gone beyond bad economic doctrine. We’ve even gone bey(...)

Blues singer Bobby “Blue” Bland was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992.

Bobby “Blue” Bland, a distinguished singer who blended southern blues and soul in songs such as Turn On Your Love Light and Further On Up the Road, wa(...)

Disappointing US growth figures could weigh on the Federal Reserve which was considers whether the economy is strong enough for it to start scaling back its monetary stimulus. Pictured is Fed chairman Ben Bernanke. Photograph:  Christopher Gregory/The New York Times.

US economic growth was more tepid than previously estimated in the first quarter, held back by a moderate pace of consumer spending, weak business in(...)

Padraig Harrington watches his drive on the 10th tee during the opening round of the St. Jude Classic golf tournament.

Padraig Harrington shot a one under par, 69 in the opening round of the FedEx St Jude Classic at TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee. The Dubliner, st(...)

Virtually every major city in the world has it selling point. Dublin is famous for a particularly popular dark beer. Rio has its massive statue(...)

The contractor-run facility was built after the September 11, 2001, al-Qaeda attacks on New York and Washington, and was once touted as “the Fort Knox of uranium” because of its security features.

A federal jury has convicted an elderly nun and two other peace activists for damage they caused in breaking into a defence facility where en(...)

 An official walks past a hazardous materials response team truck outside a mail sorting facility in Hyattsville, Maryland. An envelope addressed to US Senator Roger Wicker  tested positive for ricin at the facility where mail bound for the US Capitol is sorted. Photograph: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The FBI arrested a Mississippi man yesterday in connection with letters sent to President Barack Obama and two other officials that are believe(...)

Investigators comb the site of the second of two bomb explosions on Boylston Street in Boston. Photograph: Eric Thayer/The New York Times

A letter addressed to US president Barack Obama containing a substance that initially tested positive for the poison ricin was(...)

Convicted Craigslist murderer Richard Beasley reacts as jury recommended the death penalty for each of three murder counts in the courtroom of Summit County in Akron, Ohio on March 20th. He was sentenced to death in court today. Photograph: Michael Chritton/Akron Beacon Journal/ Reuters

An Ohio judge sentenced Richard Beasley to death today for the murder of three down-on-their-luck men who responded to an ad he placed on the Craig(...)

The funeral of Nicola Furlong making its way through the village of Curracloe in Co Wexford last June.

The friend of an American on trial for the murder of an Irish exchange student in Tokyo has been convicted of sexually assaulting the woman she(...)

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