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(...)

People listen to Auxiliary Bishop Gerald Walsh as he leads a memorial service for Irish students killed in a balcony collapse in Berkely  at New York’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York. Photograph: Frank Franklin II/AP

About 1,800 people, including an estimated 400 J-1 students, attended a remembrance mass in New York City for the six students killed in the Berkeley (...)

Remembrance: the service in San Diego was one of many in California to pay tribute to the students who died, including this vigil in Berkeley. Photograph: Beck Diefenbach/AP

Leaving Ireland was sort of accidental. It began on a J-1 visa with my brother. We arrived in New York like so many before us, but we fled the Irish-h(...)