Luxury acommodation at the Beverly Wilshire hotel, setting for Pretty Woman

Despite its enormous cinematic history, Beverly Hills is less than 15sq km in size. That’s about two Phoenix Parks laid side by side, though it’s m(...)

Kauai is balmy year-round, with a constant light breeze that means it never feels unbearably hot

As our flight took off from San Francisco International Airport and headed west over the Pacific, leaving the great landmass that is North America (...)

The damaged balcony being removed from the fourth story apartment building balcony in Berkeley, California.  Photograph: Elijah Nouvelage/Reuters

A California judge has refused the construction company that built the Berkeley building – where six students died last month in a balcony collapse(...)

Marijuana enthusiasts gather after midnight to celebrate the legalisation of recreational use of marijuana in Portland, Oregon. Photograph: Steve Dipaola/Reuters

Crowds counted down the minutes to midnight then lit up joints as smoking marijuana became legal in Oregon on Wednesday and the legalisation movement (...)

Amber Pangborn got lost on the way to her parents house in California. Stock photograph: Getty.

A woman who gave birth alone and was stranded for days in a remote area of Northern California survived the ordeal by starting a fire that roared out (...)

The US company that built the apartment block where six Irish students were killed in a balcony collapse last month has criticised the City of Berkeley’s initial investigation and warned against further “destructive testing” of the evidence.

The US company that built the apartment block where six Irish students were killed in a balcony collapse last month has criticised the City of Berkele(...)

A major US tour operator has become among the first to create a romantic Irish tour for the LGBT market following the passage of the marriage equality(...)

Jason Dorsey, the founder of the Center of Generational Kinetics, a marketing research firm in  Texas. “Definitely we want to be inclusive of millennials, but we don’t want to forget the people who brought us to the dance.” Photograph: Ben Sklar/The New York Times

The makers of Tic Tacs had a problem on their hands. After 18 months of internal study, they had concluded that the all-important millennial ge(...)

The broken wooden supports exposed after the collapse of a balcony in Berkeley in which Irish students died and seven others were seriously injured. Photograph: New York Times

A California licencing panel is to investigate the construction firm involved in building the Berkeley apartment balcony that collapsed last week, kil(...)

The broken wooden supports exposed after the collapse of a balcony in Berkeley, California, on June 16th.  Photograph: Jim Wilson/The New York Times

Legal papers show two students at a party in Berkeley last week say they saw a balcony sloping unusually before it collapsed, killing six Irish studen(...)