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Racial disparities in Ferguson’s police force were blamed for the killing of Michael Brown on August 9th. About two-thirds of the city’s population of about 20,000 are African-American, while the 53-strong Ferguson police force has just four black officers. Photograph: Whitney Curtis/The New York Times

Police in Ferguson, Missouri, are to be investigated by the US justice department into policing practices in response to last month’s killing of an u(...)

The Westin is the third hotel in Dublin to be acquired by John Malone and his Irish partners Lalco, operated by John Lally and Paul Higgins. The others are the Trinity City Hotel, Pearse Street and Hilton Hotel, Charlemont Place. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

John Malone, the billionaire behind UPC-owner Liberty Global, has bought the five-star Westin Hotel in Dublin for €65 million. The acquisition is exp(...)

Chester Nez, who has died aged 93, was the last survivor of 29 Navajo Americans who developed an unbreakable code that helped Allied forces win the se(...)

 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome with jockey Victor Espinoza up trains at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images

Victory for California Chrome in next Saturday’s Belmont Stakes will mean a Triple Crown, a spot in American sporting history, and, surest bet of all,(...)

Google has acquired solar-powered drone maker Titan Aerospace as the web search giant ramps up plans to deliver wireless internet access to remote parts of the world. . Photographer: David Ramos/Bloomberg

Google has acquired solar-powered drone maker Titan Aerospace as the web search giant ramps up plans to deliver wireless internet access to re(...)

In this image taken onboard a Royal New Zealand P-3 Orion searching today for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, a piece of unknown debris floats just under the water in the southern Indian Ocean. Photograph: Rob Griffith/Pool/Getty Images

A cluster of orange objects spotted by a search plane hunting for any trace of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet has turned out to be nothing m(...)

Nearly a million jars of peanut butter - worth $2.6 million (€1.9 million) - are to be dumped at a New Mexico landfill to speed up the sale of (...)

James Mercer has had several identities over the years, but to call his latest endeavour a “side project” would be doing both him and it a disservice.(...)

Miley Cyrus does her twerking thing with  Robin Thicke during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards in New York in August. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

What links Miley Cyrus, Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan, twerking and a crystal meth dealer from New Mexico? All four have appeared at the top(...)

Breaking Bad

Acornucopia of cultural riches this year left us reaching for superlatives. Everything from Breaking Bad on television to Daft Punk in music, Gone Gir(...)

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