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A judge in Tennessee has changed a seven-month-old boy’s name from Messiah to Martin. Image: Getty.

A judge in Tennessee has changed a seven-month-old boy’s name from Messiah to Martin.Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew said the religious name wa(...)

President Barack Obama greets a crowd before speaking at an Amazon distribution centre in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where in  a speech yesterday   he revived  his proposal to cut corporate tax rates in return for a commitment from Republicans to invest more in programmes spurring middle-class jobs. Photograph:  New York Times

President Barack Obama criticised a flawed US tax code saying that it allowed corporations with “fancy accountants” to hide their money overseas, payi(...)

Some of the 1,693 Irish dancers including members of the current Riverdance troupe along the banks of the River Liffey during their successfull Guinness World Record  attempt for the most number dancers performing Riverdance at the one time. The dancers lined the North and South Quays while also crossing the Samuel Beckett Bridge. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

After a quick wave to dancers on the Liffey’s north bank Riverdance’s Jean Butler was off hopping once again as she led more than 1,600 Irish dancer’s(...)

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(...)

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