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 Police  work to assist motorists as they attempt to drive up a hill covered in snow in Charlotte, North Carolina, yesterday. Photograph: Chris Keane/Reuters

A deadly winter storm gripped the southeastern US yesterday, crippling travel, grounding flights, knocking out power to 363,000 customers and (...)

A Texas Department of Criminal Justice photo shows Suzanne Margaret Basso, a death row inmate who is due to be executed tonight for her role in the death of a mentally disabled man. Photograph: Texas Department of Criminal Justice/Handout via Reuters.

In an event rare even for the US’s busiest death chamber, Suzanne Basso is set to become the 14th woman executed in America since the death penalty wa(...)

British film director Steve McQueen (left)  with the star of his film 12 Years A Slave Chiwetel Ejiofor. Photograph: Reuters

The 71st Golden Globe Awards will be held in Los Angeles tonight with two films vying for many of the key honours. American Hustle and 12 Years a Slav(...)

A taxi drives through snow at Madison Avenue in New York. The eastern half of the US has been hit by a dangerously cold whirlpool of dense air known as a “polar vortex” which threatens to break decades-old weather records. Photograph: Sebastian Gabriel/EPA

The eastern half of the US has been hit by a dangerously cold whirlpool of dense air known as a “polar vortex” which threatens to break decades-old we(...)

A neighborhood playground in Washington DC.  Irish children in the US  are under pressure to blend in with their peers. Photograph: Getty Images

It was always going to happen; I just I didn’t expect it to happen so soon. There are few traces of little Amy Rose Carswell’s Dublin accent left afte(...)

Judi Dench, pictured with Steve Coogan in a scene from the adoption drama Philomena,  has been nominated in the category of best actress in a drama for for her role in the film.

Judi Dench has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award for her role in Philomena. The film, which tells the true story of Philomena Lee’s search for(...)

Herman Wallace  in the Louisiana State Penitentiary

Herman Wallace, who has died aged 71, left a Louisiana prison on October 1st, where he had been detained in solitary confinement for the last 41 years(...)

Daniel Smith, who was at the March on Washington when Martin Luther King made his “I have a dream” speech in 1963. Photograph: Christopher Gregory/The New York Times

Fifty years ago Washington DC had braced itself for the worst. The day before the March on Washington, the District of Columbia cancelled sales of alc(...)

Louisiana authorities have moved to assure the public that dramatic footage showing a sinkhole swallowing several large trees was not a new threat to public safety in the area. Image: YouTube/Assumpta Parish

Louisiana authorities have moved to assure the public that dramatic footage showing a sinkhole swallowing several large trees was not a “new threat to(...)

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) field director Charles White  speaks at a podium outside the US Supreme Court building in Washington, DC, today. The court ruled that Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, which aimed at protecting minority voters, is unconstitutional. Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images

In a major blow to civil rights activists, the US Supreme Court today struck down an important part of a 48-year-old federal law designed to protect m(...)

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