California governor Jerry Brown ordered the state’s first mandatory water cuts on April 1st, the day when the annual measurement of the Sierra Nevada snowpack, which is critical to the state’s water supply, had nothing to measure. Photograph: Michael Nelson/EPA

Rarely has a measuring stick proven so effective at making a point. It was April Fool’s Day but this was no joke. Frank Gehrke, chief snow surveyor at(...)

 Conservative US Senator Rand Paul announced Tuesday he is running for the Republican Party’s nomination for the 2016 presidential race. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images.

US Sen Rand Paul declared himself a candidate for the Republican nomination for president on Tuesday, aiming to upset the political order in Washingto(...)

 A dead citrus in Terra Bella. Governor Jerry Brown of California ordered mandatory water restrictions for the first time in California history on  saying that the state’s drought had reached near-crisis proportions after a winter that brought record-low snowfalls. Photograph: The New York Times/Monica Almeida 1:17

California governor Jerry Brown, in his most sweeping action to combat a devastating multi-year drought, ordered residents and businesses on Wednesday(...)

CARRY THE CARD IN VEGAS  Irish visitors to Las Vegas have been urged carry the new credit card-sized driving licence as proof of ID. Honor(...)

Within half an hour the structure had collapsed amid the flames. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

A timber memorial to people who have died was ceremoniously burned in Derry on Saturday night in front of a massive crowd.Messages from thousands of p(...)

Volkswagen has developed a robotic car that can learn the contours of a race track and put in laps faster than a human driver

If one can assume that Elon Musk (billionaire founder of PayPal, Tesla Motors and the world’s first private space exploration company, Space X) is (...)

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Las Vegas celebrated St Patrick’s Day with a couple of parades and an abundance of ‘Happy St Paddy’s Day’ T-shirts and badges - but the centrepiece of(...)

US president Barack Obama appears on a television screen alongside a security guard as he talks with Jimmy Kimmel on March 12th, 2015. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images. 1:16

President Barack Obama said on Thursday that whoever shot at police officers in Ferguson, Missouri, this week were “criminals” and should be arrest(...)

Maybe it wasn’t just the lack of grub that got to Jeremy Clarkson, and perhaps the thought of having to turn into a tech hack in the future pushed him(...)

David Best’s wooden temple in Derry which will be set alight on the evening of Saturday, March 21st. Photograph: Martin McKeown/Inpresspics.com

Californian artist David Best is inviting people from Derry and beyond to symbolically burn their troubles away in a massive fire next week.Best is o(...)