Reuters in New York

A group of New York police officers was attacked by a hatchet-wielding assailant on Thursday with two wounded, one critically

Dr Craig Spencer, a physician with Medecins Sans Frontieres who returned to the United States from West Africa, has tested positive for Ebola, the New York Times reported on Thursday.


Iraq has “credible” intelligence that Islamic State militants plan to attack underground railway systems in Paris and the United States, the country's prime minister said on Thursday


Defending champion Serena Williams beat unseeded Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan 6-3, 6-1 to set up a fourth-round clash with fellow American Sloane Stephens.

Exxon shut the Pegasus pipeline, which can carry more than 90,000 barrels per day (bpd) of crude oil from Pakota, Illinois, to Nederland, Texas, after the leak was discovered on Friday afternoon, the company said in a statement.

A woman suspected of shoving a man to his death in front of an oncoming New York subway train was arrested on Saturday and charged with “second-degree murder as a hate crime”.

Millions across the US Northeast stricken by massive storm Sandy will attempt to resume their normal lives on Wednesday as companies, markets and airports reopen despite power and mass transit outages around New York.

A huge fire that erupted as Sandy ripped through New York City with near-hurricane force winds on Monday night destroyed dozens of homes in one of the city’s most remote neighbourhoods.

President Barack Obama declared that megastorm Sandy had triggered “major disaster” in the states of New York and New Jersey and freed up aid for those who lost homes and businesses.


Hurricane Sandy, the monster storm bearing down on the US East Coast, strengthened on Monday after hundreds of thousands of people were evacuated to higher ground.

US stock and options markets will be closed on Monday and possibly Tuesday, the exchange operator said, going back on a plan that would have kept electronic trading going on Monday.

Promoting her new “adult” novel The Casual Vacancy, Harry Potter creator JK Rowling finds it amusing that the most famous “adult” fiction of the moment is the erotic trilogy 50 Shades of Grey.

Goldman Sachs Group reported a third-quarter profit versus a loss a year before, as revenue more than doubled due to gains in stocks and bonds it holds.

The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) accused seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong of cheating his way to the top of the cycling world with an elaborate doping operation - a claim his lawyer rejected as a “hatchet job”.

China says that the disagreement over Iran’s nuclear programme has reached “a new, crucial stage,” calling for Tehran to begin a new round of talks with world powers.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged China and Japan on Friday to let “cool heads” prevail in a festering dispute over a cluster of islands in the East China Sea.

David Cameron will sit down with long-running US television host David Letterman, marking the first time a sitting British prime minister will visit Letterman’s Late Show.


US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told Myanmar President Thein Sein on Wednesday that the United States would take steps to ease the US ban on imports from the country.