Elijah Cummings has died aged 68. The Maryland Democrat, first elected in 1996, served as oversight chairman since January after the Democrats gained control of the House of Representatives in 2018 elections. Photograph: Justin T. Gellerson/The New York Times

US politician Elijah Cummings, one of the most influential Democrats in Congress and a key figure in the impeachment inquiry against president Donald (...)

Jessye Norman: the American soprano has died aged 74. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty

Jessye Norman, the soprano who brought a sumptuous, shimmering voice to a broad range of roles at opera houses around the world, died on Monday in New(...)

Coach Sylvia Hatchell: according to several witnesses she  regularly put the health of individual players at risk, forcing them to play and to train when battling torn labrums, torn knee tendons and even a broken hand.  Photograph:  Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

After a mediocre display against Howard University last December, the University of North Carolina women’s basketball team coach warned her squad that(...)

You wouldn’t ask any mortal to play James Brown. It’s not just the voice. It’s not just the moves and the madness. Even at rest, Mr Please Please P(...)

Portraying former US president Abraham Lincoln, James Getty recites the Gettysburg Address during a commemoration of its  150th anniversary at the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania yesterday. Photograph: Patrick Smith/Getty Images

When Abraham Lincoln delivered his acclaimed Gettysburg address 150 years ago yesterday, many at the scene of the famous civil war battle missed much (...)