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The mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard that left 13 people dead yesterday will inevitably spark fresh debate over increased gun legislation in the US.

A judge ruled out some of the US government’s evidence in the Bradley Manning trial

Poll: Is a sentence of 35 years in prison fair for Bradley Manning?

An army judge has sentenced the US soldier Bradley Manning to 35 years in jail for passing huge quantities of official secrets to the transparency group Wikileaks.

US man completes impromptu 'triathlon' in desperate bid to flee officers on foot on stolen bicycle and in a swim across a bay

Despite his exertions police still needed rubber bullets and a Taser before they were finally able to arrest Brion Adam Kriss in the water

'I am not afraid,’ says high-school dropout Edward Snowden, as he reveals his identity from a Hong Kong hotel room

Edward Snowden profile: The secretive life of America’s most wanted man

What made the whistleblower give up his Hawaiian idyll?

The new vaccine could lead to broader immunity against new types of influenza viruses

Scientists create new flu vaccine that works against many different strains of the virus

New treatment developed by fusing key proteins of the virus with a bacterial protein

Venturi with the Presidents Cup in 2000, when he was the winning captain

Ken Venturi: Champion golfer and respected broadcaster

The golfer Ken Venturi, who died in hospital in Rancho Mirage, California on 10 May at the age of 82, was a former US Open champion who went on to become an admired broadcaster. He won 14 times on the PGA Tour and had ben inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame only 11 days ago.

Boston bomber, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, buried after public appeal to find a funeral home that would inter his remains

Almost three weeks after the elder of the two brothers suspected in the Boston Marathon bombing was killed in a police chase his body was finally interred tonight, officials said. Requests to several cemeteries to take Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s remains had been turned down.

Winner: Animal Kingdom (third from left) picks his moment on his way to a comfortable victory in the Dubai World Cup at Meydan yesterday from Red Cadeaux and Planteur

It's a £3m stroll to World Cup for Kingdom

Winner battles on two years after fractured knee

Manning has been punished illegally, says military judge

A US military judge ruled tonight that Pte Bradley Manning, the soldier accused of stealing secret documents and giving them to WikiLeaks, suffered illegal pre-trial punishment and should have 112 days shaved from whatever sentence he might eventually receive.

Mary Dejevsky: Why I would want to carry a gun in the US

Now is not a good time to admit this, but when I went to Washington as correspondent in 1997, I had two ambitions. The first was to become proficient in Spanish – for demographic reasons that are even more obvious now than they were then – the second was to learn to shoot.

Why I would carry a gun in the US

First, there's self-defence. Then the high principle of states trusting their citizens

Editorial: Exaggerated reports on the GOP

Some of the triumphalism over Barack Obama's re-election has been overdone. There has been extravagant talk of the end of the Republican Party, heading for extinction as a result of "demographics". America, it is pointed out, is becoming more diverse, more socially liberal and more accepting of the case for active government.

Hurricane Sandy: Extra inspectors dispatched to nuclear reactors

Extra federal inspectors were dispatched to US nuclear-power plants in the path of Hurricane Sandy as operators and officials reassured the public that they are prepared for high winds and flooding associated with the storm.

Girl dies after drinking cans of Monster

When it's late and you want a pick-me-up, a hyper-caffeinated energy drink might appeal more than an espresso. But their makers face a serious setback, as the United States' Food and Drug Agency (FDA) is investigating links between Monster, which contains three times more caffeine than an 8-ounce can of Red Bull, and the deaths of five people in the last year.

University official: I'm not anti-gay, I'm 'pro-democracy'

WASHINGTON — Gallaudet University's embattled chief diversity officer said she wasn't taking an anti-gay stance when she signed a petition advocating for Maryland's same-sex marriage law to be put to a vote. Instead, Angela McCaskill says she was joining 200,000 others in standing up for the rights of voters to make decisions at the ballot box.

Florida governor accidentally gives out phone sex line number for meningitis hotline

Florida Governor Rick Scott was embarrassed this week after accidentally giving out the number for a phone sex line telling concerned Floridians that it was a meningitis hotline.

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