Actors Felicity Huffman (left) and  Lori Loughlin are among those charged in a cheating scandalls in US higher education. Photographs:  Lisa O’Connor  and Tommaso Boddi/AFP/Getty Images

Wealthy parents collectively paid tens of millions of dollars to buy places for their children at elite American universities, authorities have allege(...)

In New York, public polling as recently as last week showed that a majority of New Yorkers supported the state’s deal with Amazon. But Amazon’s opponents among community groups, unions and public officials were fierce, and they held the power to stymie the deal.

In exchange for tens of thousands of tech jobs, cities promised Amazon the moon - and an airport lounge, and naming rights, and a chance to pocket its(...)

Donald Trump is unhappy with a security Bill that passed in Congress to avert another government shutdown, because it contains only a fraction of the funds he demanded for his  border wall. Photograph: by Michael Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images

US president Donald Trump will almost certainly face legal challenges over his decision to declare a national emergency to get additional funding for (...)

Mark Sands was in the US on an exchange trip when he died following a road collision. Photograph: GoFundMe

A 21-year-old Irish student has been killed following a road collision in the US. Mark Sands, originally from Blackrock, Co Louth, was hit by a car i(...)

 President Donald Trump has warned the government shutdown could last for years. Photograph: Bloomberg

Sunday is day 16 of a partial government shutdown that US president Donald Trump said could go on for months or years, if he is not given funding for (...)

Activists at the gate near the border crossing fence at the Tornillo Port of Entry near El Paso, Texas,  during a protest rally by several American mayors against the US administration’s family separation policy. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Seen from above, El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juárez, Mexico are a single city. Only on the ground can you see it split by a tall fence – a “wall”, if y(...)

US president Donald Trump on his way to a rally in Florida on Wednesday. “We’re going to be prepared – they’re not coming into our country,” he said of migrants heading towards the US. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

US president Donald Trump has pledged to send up to 15,000 troops to the US border as he ramped up his anti-immigration rhetoric ahead of next week’s (...)

Your faults and virtues are shared by millions, maybe billions, of other people at this moment. Photograph: iStock

“I can take care of other people but when it comes to myself it’s a different story.” Anybody working in mental health will have heard that statement(...)

One objection to “fixing” online spaces is the argument for freedom of expression.

“To block, or not to block, that is the question: Whether ’tis nobler on the web to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous comments, Or to take(...)

Elon Musk, chief executive of Tesla. Right now the world’s attention has shifted away from his plans to get to Mars and back to Tesla.  Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

As competition to be the first to market with an affordable, efficient battery-powered vehicle heats up, Elon Musk’s Tesla is losing its new car smell(...)

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