Ledell Lee appears in Pulaski County Circuit Court. Lee was sentenced to death after being convicted of killing Debra Reese with a tire iron in February 1993. Photograph: AP

Arkansas has overcome a flurry of court challenges which derailed three other executions and put to death an inmate for the first time in nearly 12 ye(...)

 A file image of  US actor Bill Cosby. Photograph: AFP

Bill Cosby lost his latest bid to fend off a lawsuit accusing him of sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles in 197(...)

Gayle Killilea:  The ruling by Connecticut District Court  is a setback for  her  in the long-running American legal actions between her and husband  and her husband’s trustee and creditors. Photograph: Collins/Courts

A US judge has denied a request by Gayle Killilea, wife of property developer Seán Dunne, to move a case on alleged fraudulent asset transfers betw(...)

An animal rights group has been granted a court hearing in which it will argue that two chimpanzees who live at a New York state university cannot be held captive because they are autonomous, intelligent creatures. Photograph: Thinkstock.

An animal rights group has been granted a court hearing in which it will argue that two chimpanzees who live at a New York state university cannot be(...)

Former New York City investment banker Jason Lee with his wife Alicia at Suffolk County Court on Wednesday. Photograph: AP Photo/Frank Eltman

The banker accused of raping an Irish J-1 student at a rented summer house in the Hamptons, New York in 2013 had no signs of any injuries on the day o(...)

Former New York City investment banker Jason Lee walks with his wife Alicia into Suffolk County Court in Riverhead, New York, on Wednesday. Photograph: Frank Eltman/AP.

A banker accused of raping an Irish student at a beach house in the Hamptons outside New York tried to send away a police woman on the night by tellin(...)

Jason Lee, a former Goldman Sachs banker accused of raping an Irish student at a beach house on Long Island in New York goes on trial on Wednesday

A former Goldman Sachs banker accused of raping an Irish student at a beach house on Long Island in New York goes on trial today.Jason Lee (38) has be(...)

Former Goldman Sachs managing director Jason Lee chose to be tried by a New York state judge on charges that he raped an Irish student at a rental home in  Long Island  almost two years ago

A former Goldman Sachs Group Inc managing director accused of raping an Irish student at his beach house on New York’s Long Island is hoping a judge(...)

A sign sits above the entrance to a Credit Suisse Group  in Geneva, Switzerland. Photograph: Valentin Flauraud/Bloomberg

Credit Suisse said it would fight a US lawsuit which accuses the Swiss bank of deceiving investors in mortgage-backed securities it had issued. The Zu(...)

 A floral memorial  in Martin Place near the Lindt cafe in Sydney. Tens of thousands of people in Sydney have paid tribute to the two victims of the siege, barrister Katrina Dawson and cafe manager Tori Johnson. Photograph: Reuters

Australian prime minister Tony Abbott on Wednesday ordered a sweeping investigation into a deadly hostage crisis after tough new security laws and th(...)

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