News A man walks along a snow covered Cass Avenue in Detroit, Michigan. The first major winter storm of 2014 bore down on the US northeast on Thursday and Friday with heavy snow, Arctic temperatures and strong winds

A second storm is set to hit the region over the next few days that could be even worse, just as the clean up begins

Kevin Cook, 25, handed his three-year-old phone over to the armed mugger the bemused thief gave it straight back

Disappointed mugger hands outdated flip phone straight back

The choosy Central Park mugger took one look at the three-year-old Windows phone and gave it back to his victim

Postcard from... New York

Postcard from... New York

Travel agenda

From coffee in Nicaragua and upmarket Asia to Andy Murray's hotel

Deep blue: Cabo San Lucas, in Los Cabos, Mexico

My life in travel: Paula Radcliffe

'Los Cabos in Mexico has beautiful beaches where I could run for miles'

The latest New York TV phenomenon is, of course, HBO’s Girls which is drawing fans of Lena Dunham’s quarter-life crisis

Tourism: The Girls girls' new TV tour

Despite a lot of its most famous shows (Friends, Seinfeld, Taxi) being filmed in warehouses in Los Angeles, New York City has made the most of its use as a setting in TV and films. Or, at least, entrepreneurial locals have done. Kenny Kramer (Larry David’s ex-neighbour, the “real” Kramer who inspired the character) offers weekend tours of famous spots from Seinfeld.

Zhang Xin

Zhang Xin, the Chinese tycoon seven times richer than the Queen, set to buy America's most expensive office tower

One of China's richest women is set to buy America's most expensive office tower.

Contractors work on the East Side Access project beneath midtown Manhattan, in New York

Into the Big Apple's core: New images reveal massive Grand Central-style subway station being built in New York

When completed in 2019 the tunnels will bring subway and commuter rail services to under-served stretches of New York

Postcard from... New York

Who let the dogs out? Residents of New York's Upper West Side have been wondering just that after being terrorised by a pair of collies on the loose.

New York's Met Museum

New York's Met museum sued over 'recommended' $25 admission fee

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York faces the possibility of tens of millions of dollars in lost revenue if a lawsuit over its allegedly misleading admissions policy succeeds.

Hurricane Sandy: Uptown, they described it as 'mostly hype' - but then came flying metal and flooded streets

In his second dispatch from New York, our correspondent describes the changing mood as Hurricane Sandy batters the East Coast of America

Secret life of the Empire State killer

The fatal shooting of two men is just one more episode in America's summer of gun sprees

Temperatures across US cool after heatwave kills dozens

The heat that blanketed much of the US and left at least 46 people dead will begin easing up this week as temperatures approach normal from the Midwest to the East Coast.

Liam Neeson

Liam Neeson - 'A sex symbol? Flattering, but I don't think so'

With five films out this year, Hollywood disagrees with Liam Neeson's view he might be past his sell-by date. The chatty star of Schindler's List tells Gill Pringle about his new nautical role – and the time he serenaded Paul McCartney with a Beatles medley...

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