Alabama halts gay wedding licences

Alabama's Supreme Court orders its judges to stop issuing same-sex marriage licenses despite a federal ruling saying a ban is unconstitutional.

Posted by on 4 March 2015 | 5:43 am

Boston Marathon bomb trial to begin

The trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, accused of the Boston Marathon bombing two years ago, opens in the city shortly after exhaustive jury selection.

Posted by on 4 March 2015 | 4:51 am

WW2 'Japan battleship wreck found'

US billionaire Paul Allen announces he has discovered the famous WW2 Japanese battleship, Musashi, more than 70 years after it was sunk.

Posted by on 4 March 2015 | 3:33 am

Obama dismisses Netanyahu speech

US President Barack Obama reacts scathingly to a speech by Israel's prime minister, saying it offers no viable alternative to his Iran policy.

Posted by on 4 March 2015 | 3:26 am

Target to cut several thousand jobs

US retail giant Target plans to cut several thousand jobs as it tries to slash $2bn (£1.3bn) in costs over the next two years.

Posted by on 3 March 2015 | 7:45 pm

VIDEO: Black girl 'forced out of Alabama school'

As the BBC's Aleem Maqbool retraces one of the great civil rights journeys, the march 50 years ago from Selma to Montgomery in Alabama, he finds segregation still happening in a different form.

Posted by on 3 March 2015 | 6:32 pm

VIDEO: The man who changed parenting

In 1946, Dr Benjamin Spock published his parenting guide 'Baby and Childcare'

Posted by on 3 March 2015 | 6:00 pm

VIDEO: Netanyahu speech an 'affront' to Obama

Former US Ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk says Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress about nuclear negotiations with Iran was an "affront" to President Barack Obama.

Posted by on 3 March 2015 | 4:59 pm

NFL pair to donate brains for research

New York Giants' Steve Weatherford and former NFL player Sidney Rice want their brains to help research into injuries.

Posted by on 3 March 2015 | 4:19 pm

'Racial bias' at Ferguson police

The US Justice Department has found evidence of racial bias at the Ferguson police department, US media report.

Posted by on 3 March 2015 | 4:04 pm

Congress approves security funding

Congress has passed a security funding bill that will not rollback the president's recent immigration reforms.

Posted by on 3 March 2015 | 2:20 pm

'Birth tourism' hotels raided in US

US agents raid more than a dozen hotels that cater to pregnant foreigners who want their children to be born US citizens.

Posted by on 3 March 2015 | 1:40 pm

Could Clinton emails shake up 2016 race?

Hillary's private emails threaten her air of inevitability

Posted by on 3 March 2015 | 11:22 am

Could Clinton emails shake up 2016 race?

Hillary Clinton relied exclusively on a personal email account during her time as secretary of state. Is this the kind of "unforced error" that could puncture her air of inevitability?

Posted by on 3 March 2015 | 11:22 am

Ex-CIA chief in federal charge plea

David Petraeus, a former four-star general, reaches a plea deal with the US Justice Department in which he will admit to mishandling classified materials.

Posted by on 3 March 2015 | 11:20 am

'Spocking' not illegal, Canada says

The Bank of Canada announces that tribute pictures of Leonard Nimoy's Spock on bank notes is not against the law.

Posted by on 3 March 2015 | 11:11 am

Clinton under scrutiny over emails

Hillary Clinton's exclusive use of a personal email account when she was US secretary of state is probed as a possible violation of federal rules.

Posted by on 3 March 2015 | 7:59 am

Native names break Facebook rules

The Native American names that break Facebook rules

Posted by on 2 March 2015 | 9:50 pm

VIDEO: The art rescued from Nazi looters

The 50-year fight to recover paintings looted by the Nazis

Posted by on 2 March 2015 | 8:40 pm

How the Brits misunderstand America

How British misunderstanding of the US is growing

Posted by on 2 March 2015 | 6:39 pm

VIDEO: Tensions as Netanyahu visits US

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said his coming speech to the US Congress is "not intended to disrespect" President Barack Obama.

Posted by on 2 March 2015 | 6:20 pm

VIDEO: BBC retraces Selma rights march

America is closing in on the 50th anniversary of one of the seminal moments of the country's civil rights movement, the march from Selma to Montgomery.

Posted by on 2 March 2015 | 3:57 pm

Tinder to charge over-28s more

Dating app Tinder announces it will charge the over-28s nearly four times as much for its premium features as it does younger users in the UK.

Posted by on 2 March 2015 | 3:28 pm

Campaignspotting: BBC's 2016 blog

Rand tops the CPAC straw poll but what do the results tell us?

Posted by on 2 March 2015 | 2:11 pm

House of Cards: Would Frank watch?

How do Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright think their characters would watch House of Cards?

Posted by on 2 March 2015 | 11:51 am